A New Nature

June 25 – Today’s Readings – Romans 7-8 and Proverbs 25

Romans 7:15-25 reads, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

Here is one of the most misunderstood passages of Scripture. For the most part whenever I hear people quote partial sections of these verses they are used to make excuse for the sin that continues to control their lives – or conversely to somehow come to a conclusion that they will never again sin. Check it out – read it again in context and you will soon discover that Paul is mostly speaking of a “before being born again” existence. Once we receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit into our lives – becoming children of the Father – we are set free from the law of sin and death. We were “wretched men” because there was no way to be set free from sin outside of the great atoning sacrifice of Christ. Once Jesus’ blood was shed and the Holy Spirit was poured out into our lives, our very inner nature changed; “Thanks be unto God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Vs. 25)

Continue on with me to Chapter 8:1-2 & 8-9: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. – Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.”

How clear this is when you consider it in context. We truly are able and empowered to live our lives in obedience to the Holy Spirit – no longer captive to all the slavery of sin resident in the “old nature”. Let this Scripture breath victory into your soul and give you complete victory over areas that used to hold you captive.

Do these verses mean you will never sin? Absolutely not but you are definitely set free from the slavery to sin once you believe and trust this Gospel. It is now your nature to love all that is good and Godly – and to hate sin!

Questions:

1. Think of some very victorious people in the New Testament – how do you suppose they gained victory over sin’s grip?
2. What obstacles are holding you back from complete victory in Christ?

Free Indeed

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Believe And Trust

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Through Faith

June 22 – Today’s Readings – Romans 1-2 and Proverbs 22 In Chapters 1 and 2 of Romans, we find Paul answering the question that is so often asked by people who think that Christianity is “so narrow and bigoted”. The question? “What about those who never heard the Gospel? Will they go to hell? […]

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Get Wisdom!

June 21 – Today’s Readings – 2Kings 24-25 and Proverbs 21 In re-reading the book of Proverbs this time I was once again taken by the number of times “receiving instruction” is mentioned. Much repetition means only one thing – The Lord is definitely trying to be emphatic about this. According to Scripture, if you […]

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