The Inside Column 7/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 07, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

We are privileged to have Bishop Richard Ellena and Hilary with us. Richard will be preaching and celebrating at our services today.

We have been working our way through Romans, over the last couple of weeks and Paul like a great lawyer has made his case for Christ. Here are a couple of thoughts from Romans 7:14-20

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 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. For I know that good itself does not dwell 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 I do not do the good I want to do, but 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.

Paul does not see the freedom that he preaches meaning ‘no worries, sin all you like’, however neither does he see it as meaning that the Christian never sins. Paul is addressing a number of issues within chapters 7. Having declared, in chapter 6, Christians to be free from bondage of sin, having died to sin he now declares that they are freed from the law.

Although the Christian is no longer under the old law, Paul is clear that Christians should not continue to sin either so that grace may abound (6.1), or because they are now under grace as opposed to the law (6.15). Paul is adamant that Christianity is not a license to sin. We are no longer in bondage to sin, we are now slaves of righteousness (6.16-18).

Christians continue to live in the ‘old age of sin, sickness, and death’ where there is still suffering. We are also those who have died and rise with Christ and our path is that of Christ, Paul’s expectation is that the Christian need the assistance of the Holy Spirit in our weakness and that we are in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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