Bimbo - post #6
Welcome back my dears. My computer helps me to feel your unseen presence and this fact is a great encouragement for me. First, let’s remember our friend – Paul R (the man of Romans 7:14-25):
Romans 7:14-25. Paul R has strong mental conflicts. He says: I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. … What I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. … 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.…WHAT A WRETCHED MAN I AM! Who will rescue me from this body of death? … 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.”
We discovered together that this man is born again; however he is a wretched slave of sin. And I tell you the truth – many Christians have this conflict in their minds and they do not know its cause.
The new birth begins a life of growth in which the believer becomes more and more like Jesus — truthful and honest; free from impure talking, bitterness, and evil-speaking ; kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving. See Ephesians 4 :22-32.
Look at it this way. When we see apples ripening on a tree, we know it is an apple tree no matter when it was planted. So when we see the fruits of the Spirit — Christ's love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22.23) — ripening on someone, we know that person has been born of the Spirit It is the transformation of the life that proves the new birth, not the date when it began.
But some ask, "Why is it so difficult to do right and so easy to do wrong?" Every person has an inner disposition for doing evil. Notice for instance Gen. 5:1-3 – “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.
… When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image
; and he named him Seth.” What is the difference? “likeness of God” and “likeness of Adam”, (but after he became a sinner!). Compare with Job 14:4 – “4Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No-one!” And how did the sin entered our world? “12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man…” Rom. 5:12. Also Exod. 20:5 “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation
of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
After the new birth, Christ lives in the renewed heart (or mind), supplying supernatural power to save the born-again person from sinning. This is the only way anyone can be delivered from the control of his evil tendencies. Without Christ living within, there is no inflow of His saving power. There is no defense against evil. The person goes on in his sins. This is one of the main reasons why Jesus said, "You must be born again." John 3:7. Wait a minute, you said Paul R already is born again, however he continue to be a slave of sin… Why is it so? The born-again believer has two natures,
the sinful nature with which he was born and the new nature, which was implanted when he was reborn. These two natures are constantly at war. "The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”
Galatians 5 :17, NIV.
Think about it: In the center of a big garden there is a big weeping willow tree. Characteristically its branches drooped in a giant circle. The children of the family played under this tree as they grew up, its branches falling round them like a tent. And they noticed that every year long, ugly shoots with large round leaves of aspen would grow out from the trunk and they pulled them off.
Aspen leaves on a willow tree? Yes, a weeping willow shoot had long ago been grafted into an aspen tree. In time the willow had overcome the aspen, until all the branches were willow. Yet each springtime aspen leaves would grow out from the trunk.
Here there are some spiritual lessons about the new born believer. The life of the new born believer is beautiful. There is new power within, new strength to overcome weakness, and a sense of forgiveness that makes a man radiantly happy in his newfound faith. But many times this is not the case. Strange things may begin to happen. Old temptations, old feelings, old thoughts, and even old addictions may appear again for recognition. And he thought he could never be that way again! The new Christian is surprised and ashamed at the appearance of the shoots of the old life. He is divided inside. And he is discouraged as "Paul R" of Rom. 7:14-25.
The man without Christ has only one nature, the nature with which he was born - the sinful nature. There is therefore nothing to oppose it. But the man who is born again has had a divine nature grafted into his soul.
Two natures, do you see? Like the willow and the aspen. And these two are antagonistic. That is why there may be struggle in the life of the Christian. You already read: "For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want…”
Galatians 5:17 NIV. Evidently this is why the Christian is faced with a conflict within, while the non-Christian seems to drift along with no evidence of struggle.There are now two natures within the soul, and one of them will rule.
But which one? In the life of Paul R (Rom. 7:14-25) the sinful nature is the master and we must know why it is so.
Are you born again? Which of these two natures controls your life? The one that is stronger.
We must know this because whichever nature rules you determines your destiny.
For when Jesus will come, your standing in that day will depend upon which nature then rules your life. And it will be one or the other. Only the one that is stronger; it cannot be both!
But now please notice the secret. Whichever nature you FEED will be the stronger.
The Creator has implanted a new life and power in your soul. God has done in you a work of grace beyond the ability of man to bestow. But now comes your part. You can either feed or starve that new nature. The outcome of the conflict, in a very real sense, depends on you. The essential thing now is to utterly neglect that which feeds the sinful nature, while turning your attention to feeding the spiritual nature. Remember, the nature you feed will be the stronger. And what feeds one always starves the other.
Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared? - Prov. 6:27.28 It really is true. In most cases we reap what we sow. In nature, the farmer who sows wheat, reaps wheat. In human nature, is the same — a person almost always reaps exactly what he sows.
The law of sowing and reaping says that our actions — good or bad — have certain inevitable consequences; they lead ultimately either to a harvest of eternal life or to a harvest of eternal death. "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." Gal. 6:8 NKJV "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. - NIV
Do you see now why so many — and their number is legion — live on in a state of frustration? The problem is so simple. They have been feeding both natures just enough to keep them alive. They have just enough of Christ in the life to produce conflict, and not enough to produce control.
Remember the words of Scripture, "...and be sure your sin will find you out"
Num. 32:23 And, "You will know them by their fruits."
Matt. 7:16. For the man or woman who compromises just a little, thinking no one will ever know, will sooner or later be surprised and embarrassed to see those shoots of the old life appearing when least expected to spoil the splendor of the tree God planted.
Feed the spiritual nature, friend. That is the priceless secret of growing, satisfying peace! "How do you feed the new nature?" you ask. "And how can I be sure that it is strong enough to control my life?" The health habits of the soul are not unlike those of the human body. Let it breathe. Feed it. Let it grow strong by exercise, Prayer
is the soul’s breathing. Let the soul breathe. Pray now not as a duty, not merely when you are in trouble. Talk to God as you would to a friend. Tell Him your needs, your desires, your joys.Feed
the new nature. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Matt. 4:4. You have talked to God, now let Him talk to you — through the open Bible. You will find the promises of Scripture for you. And you will find Jesus in the Bible... “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." John 6:51. Study the Word of God because it has creative power; you will be changed through its power… But if you study the Bible only to can contradict the others…. this will not transform your life.
And then, the deepest desire of the newly healed heart is to bring others to the same Source of healing. Such service is the exercise of the soul.
PRAYER — BIBLE STUDY — SHARING. These make it possible for the power of Jesus to flow into your life. Keep the gates open! Yes, whichever nature is fed will be the stronger. Every day we live, we face a series of choices: The books we read, the clothes we wear, the company we keep. The thoughts we think, the care we give our bodies, the food we give our minds. How we spend our recreation time, what kind of TV movies we are watching, etc. All these and many other must enter into Christian living, for all these affect the health of the soul.
Which nature does it feed? Here is the question that will settle many problems of right and wrong. Some people have a way of stunting forest trees so that they never grow higher than potted plants. They tie the taproot so that the tree lives only on the surface roots. Your life can be stunted, tied by compromise and sin, frustrated in its purpose. Or it can be like a giant tree - free, deeply rooted in the ground and lifting its head to God!
PRAYER — BIBLE STUDY — SHARING. We must learn how these three sources of power can become three spiritual dynamites in our lives. We need to experience a true personal relation with Jesus… And to discover the victory’s keys in Romans 8 – the Holy Spirit and abiding in Jesus…
However, don't forget God will help you to apply these spiritual lessons to your life, only after you took a firm decision in this regard. See for instance Daniel 1:8.9 "But Daniel purposed in his heart
that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.
Did you understand? First, your firm decision, and then the help of God will follow...
Propensity to sin is not sin.
Only in the first seconds it is not sin; it becomes sin when are nestled in the mind. James 1:14.15; Matt. 5:28 NIV. Examples: Gen. 39:12; 2 Sam. 11:2-4.
Children are not sinners.
A while your children are not sinners, but later they will become sinners because you gave them a sinful nature. Gen. 5:1-3 NIV. Rom. 5:12; See also Ex. 20:5
SIN - Defined as Breaking of Ten Commandments
Not just the Ten Commandments; but lawlessness, generally (1 John 3:4).
We could discuss what law is being spoken of here, but that is for another time.
You try to attract me to off topic… In this case I have only one answer: Nehemiah 6:3-4.
I quoted in my last post from a sermon of Pr. Billy Graham – a very known pastor. He said: “Do you know what sin is? Sin is the breaking of the Ten Commandments.”
Dear 4WD, I admired your courage to contradict him… (Courage or spirit of contradiction!?!) Please study the Bible before posting here your personal opinions.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT LAWLESSNESS?https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-lawlessness.html
“To be lawless is to be contrary to the law or to act without regard to the law. Laws are necessary in a sinful world (1 Timothy 1:9), and those who choose to act lawlessly further sin in the world. The word for “lawlessness” in the Bible is often translated “iniquity.” According to the Bible, the root of all lawlessness is rebellion.
“First John 3:4 defines sin as lawlessness: “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
To commit sin is to be lawless; that is, the sinner breaks God’s law. In this way, lawlessness is a rejection of God.”“Sin is the rejecting the Divine law.” - MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY
on the Whole Bible (Concise) at 1 John 3:4. Notice that sin IS (not WAS) the rejecting the Divine Law.
SIN IS THE BREAKING OF LAW.1 John 3:4 (KJV)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1 John 3:4 (NIV)
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.1 John 3:4 (NLT)
Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.See also:
(BBE) (CEB) (CEBA) (CSB) (GNT) (GNTA) (GW) (JUB) (KJVA) (NCV) (NIRV) (TMB) (TMBA) (WBT) (WNT)
May God help you to understand the true gospel of salvation from sin!