Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Spiritual X-Ray 

… sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.    Romans 7:13


Just as we have benefited from physical x-rays, God has provided a spiritual x-ray process for our spiritual benefit. The process exposes our deepest inner problem—our sin nature.


Paul’s personal testimony in Romans 7:7-13 explains the process of the spiritual x-ray that all serious-minded believers experience. The process begins when a believer seeks to serve God in his own wisdom and determination. In Paul’s experience it was an attempt not to covet. The second step is the revival of one’s sin nature. The third step is a sense of spiritual failure. The last step is an awareness of a sin nature.


Paul’s testimony in Romans 7:13 expresses God’s x-ray process.


… sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good [the commandment not to covet]…


The term “might appear sin” means “might be recognized to be sin.” This is a reference to the sin nature.


If you are serving God in your own wisdom, strength and determination, the x-ray process has begun. You have caused the sin nature or your flesh to be in power. You are confused because you repent of and receive forgiveness for your sins, but you continue to commit one or more of those sins. This is evidence that the x-ray process is at work in you. If through your own spiritual failures and the teaching of Scripture you realize that even though you are saved, you still have a sin nature, the x-ray process has been successful. It has exposed your most serious spiritual problem.


Now the question is, “How do we treat this problem?”


There are two steps to successful treatment. First, you believe that according to Romans 6:3-5 when you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you were spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected. Second, you must obey the commands of Romans 6:11-13.