7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
Romans 8:7-8 (NLT)
This article is a part of the series in Romans 8. The above verses tell us the relationship between the sinful nature and God. Verse 7 tells us it is hostile to God. Being hostile means it can never get along with God. Subsequently, the verse explains that such nature never did nor will it ever will obey God. So, it is impossible for those with sinful nature to obey God. Verse 8 says those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
What can we learn from this? God is more interested in what is inside us than our external behavior. Please note that Verse 8 does not say those who commit sinful acts can never please God. It is the sinful nature that is the problem, not the acts. The acts of sins are just the fruits of the sinful nature. Once the sinful nature is gone, so will the fruit. This is why God’s emphasis has always been the removal of sinful nature and not on trying not to commit sinful acts. God is aiming for the roots of sin, which is the sinful nature. Without the sinful nature, the sinful acts will have no foundation to stand on.
This truth is often ignored by religious churches. In religious churches, the pastors often rely on threats to threaten their members into not committing sins. They must be hoping that if they threaten their members long enough, everyone in the church will live holy lives. This is why, when religious people came across Christian preachers like Kenneth Copeland, Ceflo Dollar, Jerry Savelle and Joel Osteen preaching the love of God without using any threats, they had automatically accused these godly preachers of condoning sin. Religious people do not believe anyone can be holy without listening to threats and blackmails from their religious preachers. This is why religious people are willing to resort to any evil to persecute anyone who rejects their threats. In their mind, threats equal holiness and no threats equal condoning sin.
However, according to the above verses, religious people are wrong. Sin does not come from the absence of threats. It is a result of the sinful nature. One of the reasons God sent his Son to the Cross is to remove the sinful nature from us. The moment we receive Jesus as our savior, our sinful nature is gone. We become holy. Sin has no power over us. Our desire is to obey God and live the lives he wants us to live.
This explains why true Christians like us have desires for prosperity and be in health as our souls prosper. It is impossible for Christians who truly believes in God’s words and do not desire riches. Such desires come from God. Our God is rich and he wants us to be rich like him. This is the result of being free from the sinful
If you have believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you can see yourself the opposite of Romans 8:7-8. Let me rephrase it for you.
“For the godly nature is always friendly to God. It had obeyed God’s laws, and it always will.
That’s why those who have nature always please God.”