THE SECRET ANSWER
Paul must not say it for us, so he identifies himself with us in our stumbling, searching, faltering walk until we ourselves can say that “1 and 2” with him.
At last, by this second travail of the believer, the light is lit, and very simply. “Why do I keep doing things I hate doing, and not doing what I want to do?” cries Paul in agreeing with the tenth commandment not to covet, setting himself not to do it, and then finding “sin wrought in me all manner of lusts”.
Now here is the secret and the answer. It was sin that wrought these in me and caused me to do and have them. Yes, sin, but not I!! That was the flash of Spirit—light. ‘why”, Paul says, “I didn’t want to do those things, so it wasn’t I doing them.”
Then who was it? Why, obviously that intruder who got into me through the Fall and has made me his dwelling place. It is not I, but “sin that dwelleth in me”, which he repeats twice for emphasis in:
Romans 7:17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
It was sin, Satan in his nature, operating in me, but by his supreme deceit he has made me, from Adam onwards, think it was I doing it, as if I have an inde-pendent nature of my own. But I am only a vessel, branch, temple, slave, body—member.
The doer is the one I contain! And so Paul saw it. He had, as in Romans 6, seen in his Arabia visit, this total meaning of Calvary —— that Christ’s body represented ours and our body expresses the sin—spirit. So did His! But, as He died, out went that sin—spirit from His body as ours, and in His resurrection in came His Spirit of Truth in place of that false deceiving spirit cast out forever.
Simple As This by Norman Grubb