We know by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that He never committed sin.We can disagree on temptations not being sin also. Jesus said evil thoughts defile us. Temptations are thoughts to violate laws, primarily and are also involved with the tempter internally, the worst sinner who has ever existed, within, tempting. Make of that what you can.
But we know He was tempted during His forty day fast in the desert.
That alone should teach you that temptation isn't sin.
That was written in the present-historical tense.These are not past tense statements in Romans 7. Very much present tense (bold):
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Also called the present-narrative tense.
Written from the perspective of being there.
The thing is, we don't have to remain sinners.Correlates perfectly with Romans 3:9 as well. None of us are any better sinners than anyone else.
God has given the Gentiles and well as the Jews the gift of repentance from sin.
Turning from sin makes one a non-sinner.
If sin crops up again, the repentance from sin was a lie to God.
All those verses are about Paul's pre-conversion life walking in the flesh.Romans 7:
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
But as he made clear in Rom 7:5-6..."For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
He isn't in the flesh anymore.
Which is in control?Romans 7:
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The mind or the flesh?
Paul has finalized the separation of flesh and Spirit with his final Rom 7 verse.
As he is no longer in the flesh, his mind controls his service.
I noticed you didn't reply to the verses I used earlier that answered his plaints against the flesh.
From my prior post..."The biggest clue of his past perspective is that he answers some of his laments in other places.
For instance...Rom 7:23..."But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."
This is answered in Rom 8:2..."For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
Rom 7:23 is in the past and Rom 8:2 is in the present perspective.
Another instance...Rom 7:24..."O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
This lamentation was answered already in Rom 6:6..."Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
And look at Rom 7:5..."For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death."
Isn't it apparent to you that he is not in the flesh anymore?
It is to me.
You are correct.Exactly none of these are past tense applications.
They are present-narrative, a telling of a past story from a present perspective.
Dead bodies can't commit sin.Anyone reading Paul and coming away with thoughts that they are not sinners i.e. sometimes sinless when not committing external actions of sin, thinking they are better than other sinners, or thinking that by some form of hoodoo, their own evil present serves the laws simply isn't paying attention. The above statements nail us all quite securely to the cross of being DEAD IN SIN as far as our mortal bodies are concerned, present tense.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Who is in charge in your life?
Your skin and bones or your mind?
Remaining a sinner is the work of the devil, seeing as Christ made it possible o live without sin.That's not "used to be dead because of sin" either.
Being a sinner is the very foundation of salvation by Grace through the Mercy of God in Christ, alone. Because we don't have sickem to give to God.
Jesus said..."And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." (John 8:32-34)
I have been made free, thanks be to God !
You can be made free too.
As there is no sin "in God", there can also be no sin in those "in God".Any notions that God "needs us" to perform are also useless. God is not "in need" of anything from anyone.
By His Own Will He Gives us LIFE EVERLASTING. It's a one way street.
In all honesty, we simply don't have a clue for the most part:
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Those walking in the Spirit don't commit sin.
As it is written..."For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom 8:3-4)
The choice is up to you.