2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore Whoever is in CHRIST, he is a new creature.
Gone are the old
BEFORE HE WAS THAT!
“I’m only human,” two natures of
man; “This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the
lust of the flesh. “Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
“It means to live in God’s will
and not the will of the Flesh own.
You are a new creature, so do not
go back to who you were.”
I can anticipate the response that is
coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your
experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all,
I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I
don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to
figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But I need something more ! For if I know
the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power
of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best
intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t
result in actions. Something has gone wrong
deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real
question? Romans 7:14-14 (MSG)
“Will you stay in Holiness and you ask the Father in Heaven, we are preserving Holiness for the Book of Hebrew 12:14 says” …without holiness no man can see the kingdom of God.”