Friday, January 2, 2009
Sin, Satan, The Law, Our Bodies, and The Battle Within
Paul used marriage as an example for people to understand how the law rules over us while we are alive. Yet as we learned yesterday, the old person that lived under the law died with Christ on the cross. So if that person died, they are no longer under the law?
Are we really not under the law anymore? Paul explains this in the next paragraph.
Our old selves died and we became free from the law. I ask myself, what does this mean? The next section is titled, "Our Fight Against Sin." Let's read on.
So the law shows us what sin is. If we didn't have speed limit signs, how would we know if we were breaking the law? That is what the law does, we read it and we know what is right and what is wrong. Now we have a choice to follow the law or break it. We know when we sin. If we did not know, we would go on sinning without knowing that we are sinning. Sin, Satan, is very tricky and fools us. Satan used God's law to kill us. Yet God loved us so much that he gave His one and only Son to take our place and die for us and release us from the enemies hands.
Sin, Satan! Get the connection?
Ever felt like Paul? "I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate." I have. Yet read Romans 7:17 over. Paul tells us twice that it is the sin living in us that does the hated things we do not want to do. So how do I get rid of that sin in me?
Paul teaches us the rule he learned. In our minds, spirit, we want to serve God and follow His laws. Yet we still have this body which is a prisoner of sin. I've said the very same words Paul did in Romans 7:24, how about you? "What a miserable man I am!" Yet I thank God for His grace and saving me from the death I should have received. I thank Him for His grace and mercy I'm so undeserving of.
When we leave this world we will be separated from our sinful bodies. We will get a heavenly body that is not a prisoner of sin. Can I hear a BIG Amen and Hallelujah?
In the mean time, I'm afraid we will have to war against our sinful flesh every day until we are called home and receive our new bodies.
I pray this helps some see why they sin and how they can serve God in spite of our sinful bodies.
In God's Love,