Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Edifier du jour-Romans 7:14-25
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
There are some corners of Christendom that think that we can be fully sanctified in our lifetime and be fully free from sin. Paul spend a large chunk of the first six chapters of Romans showing how the Holy Spirit has freed us from bondage to sin, but even Mr. Road to Damascus wasn't getting 100% relief, fighting with his worldly man and frequently losing. I think this chapter puts into severe question whether people can be fully free of sin, for it runs counter to what most of us know to be the case, that we're still not perfect even after coming to the Lord. I think we're free from sin to the extent that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. Our flesh, our worldly man, will occasionally take control, grabbing the wheel away from the Holy Spirit. However, the closer we walk with God, the fewer times we grab the wheel. We have to learn how not to be backseat drivers in our own lives, for we're used to being behind the wheel.

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