Faith
Wednesday January 12, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"Flesh serving you"

Romans chapter seven shows FLESH SERVING YOU and in Romans 7:12 KJV God's Law is introduced and you recognizing them (The Commandments) allows flesh to serve you by playing its role:

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

God's commandments, given to Moses, are spiritual and purposeful and Romans 7:14 KJV show you being carnal.  The reason God made you carnal is that placing you the flesh is how He choose to expose you to sin:  

   For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

The law is spiritual because it is your spirit (mind) that recognizes sin, enabling you to deal with it.

Sold under sin represents the fact that everybody's flesh body exposes them to sin and Romans 7:15 KJV shows this creating a dilemma for Paul, you, and me:

   For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Doing what you hate is sin, something you and Paul share one and alike and just like Paul, you may recall sin you have committed that you have asked others not to commit. 

Romans 7:16 KJV shows recognizing sin to be just as important as consenting to God's Law is necessary and good.  

   If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

God's Commandments are as important as they are good for a reason; they allow you to recognize the sin that Romans 7:17 KJV shows dwelling in you:

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Does blaming the sin that you commonly repeat on the sin itself remind you of the old saying, "The Devil made me do it?  The Devil is sin and he continually attacks you through your flesh; that same old sin seems to keep repeating.  

Romans 7:18 KJV shows Satan is with you for the duration; as long as you are in the flesh Satan's access remains because your fleshly will to sin remains:

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Finding good to do is a bit more difficult than accepting the sin that Satan is offering and when you follow Paul in Romans 7:19 KJV you see it the same for him:

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Paul sins and yours take place for the same reason;

 

 


 

 


 

God allows Satan to make it appealing.  Romans 7:20 KJV shows sin dwelling in you being confusing and requiring attention:

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Sin dwells in Paul just as it does you and me and in Romans 7:21 KJV you see the law making us aware of its present:

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

God's gives you the Commandments to make you aware that you are sinning and you recognizing this shows your willingness to do good.  Romans 7:22 KJV recognizes God's Law's by illustrating it as a delightful experience: 

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

It is also true that Satan's law opposing God's Commandments brings you war and Romans 7:23 KJV shows your battle with sin requiring attention; it is a war that Satan fuels by tempting you through flesh and its body member parts:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Satan's access to you through the flesh keeps you in the grips of sin and it is your Spirit or mind that utilizes God's Commandments to do battle with Satan and the unrestricted access he has to you through your body part members, the flesh. 

This is how flesh serves you; it serves you by introducing you to sin, sin that when dealt with draws you closer to God. 

Who do you go to when battling Satan and sin?  Paul addresses this in Romans 7:24 KJV when he ask:

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Flesh is sin, the body of death and not recognizing this connection exposes you to the second death, the death of your soul.  Romans 7:25 KJV tells you who it is that delivers you from fleshly sin, the body of death: 

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul thanks The Lord Jesus Christ because Christ is the only one who can deliver you from sin and that He does in two distinctive ways:

1. He listens to you every time you talk to Him, every time that you ask Him for the strength to keep Satan at bay and the strength not to sin in the first place.

2. But when you yield and do commit sin, Christ is there to hear you; He hears you ask Him to take away your sin and to remove every last bit of it through His forgiveness.

Is Roman's chapter seven helping you gain a better understanding of Satan, sin, and flesh and does it come in a manner that connects you to God's Law?

Is Roman's chapter seven beginning to open your eyes to the role that your flesh plays in serving God?

 

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com