Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 6, Paragraph 3.
“…the servants of sin, the subjects of death and all other miseries,…“
Romans 6:20, 5:12
You can’t change who you are.
That statement flies in the face of everything this world tells us. Children are told they can grow up to be anything they want to be. Adults encourage each other to not let anything – or anyone – get in the way of their dreams. Magazines applaud supposedly successful gender transformations. “Do it yourself” applies to all aspects of life.
Despite how high up the economic ladder you can climb, or how much weight you lose, or how you portray yourself to others, the fact is your nature is fallen and corrupted. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23) We inherited this marred nature from Adam and Eve. This is who we are.
Because our nature is corrupted, we are servants of sin, or as some translations of Romans 6:20 say, slaves to sin. There is no program you can follow to stop sinning. No amount of positive self-affirmation will release you from its deathly grip over your life. On our own, we will never measure up to God’s law.
The world cries that we can change ourselves if we just work hard enough or think hard enough or follow the right system, Scripture declare that there is nothing that we can do to remedy our condition. Pride must be removed, and we must acknowledge that we need a Savior.
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
Questions to Consider
- Are you still trying to change yourself on your own strength?