“22 For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man:
23 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.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:22-24
As the Apostle Paul delighted in the Law of God after the inward man, the law in his members warred against the law in his mind. He wanted to be obedient to the Lord in his inward man but found himself in bondage…captive by the Law of Sin.
After his Salvation but before the understanding of the Cross of Christ for daily living, the Apostle Paul himself struggled with living under the Government of Law.
Many wrongly believe that because we are under the Dispensation of Grace that we, as Believers I might add, are living under the Government of Grace but that is simply not true. Regrettably, soon after Salvation, the devil comes to corrupt the Truth the believing sinner has been given and he offers up his polluted pottage full of good works and commandments of men being taught as ‘Biblical doctrine’. Being young in the Lord, they are too often quickly deceived and take a bite of death’s fruit.
As for the Apostle Paul, he was living under the Law, the Mosaic Law, while trying to live for God. The Mosaic Law was not given to bring life to the people but was given to show their (our) utter depravity; their need for a Saviour. The Mosaic Law could not Save anyone but served to restore fellowship with God upon the required sacrifices.
Any law that man may devise to fellowship with God outside the Cross of Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb of God; He Who IS the Way, the Truth and the Life, will find themselves living under the Government of Law with sin’s dominion taking hold as their members war against the Law of God in the inward man. We find ourselves wanting to do that which is right but unable to gain that victory…we find ourselves crying out “O wretched man that I am!”.
” 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:1-2
Being buried with Christ at Salvation, baptized into His Death, we are now dead to the Law of Sin and Death…as long as we remain IN Christ. Submitted unto Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE did at Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life, we, through our faith in the Cross of Christ, give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…FREE us from the Law of Sin and Death.
It is here, in this place of submission unto God by Grace through Faith in the Cross of Christ, that our members are able to yield unto God’s Will. Denying ourselves; our abilities, intellect, talent, etc., we are able to pick up all the Christ Jesus has afforded whosoever will believe and FOLLOW Him.
This Gospel of which we preach, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, is not a ‘new’ Gospel. No, not at all. It is the same revelation that was given to the Apostle Paul and has today been given to the church through the ministry of Jimmy Swaggart. This light which has been shed abroad through SonLife Broadcasting Network by the Lord will set people free from the sin which so easily besets them. This Light which IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, will set at liberty those who are bruised.
Sadly, many have and will reject the preaching of the Cross. To them it is rudimentary and they have grown past this ‘doctrine’ and on to other Biblical ‘truths’. My friend, if that Biblical ‘truth’ isn’t pointing to Jesus as the Source and the Cross as the means, it is not truth but a lie.
If the Cross of Christ Jesus has become foolishness to you, please consider how you are receiving such preaching for you are in fact perishing.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the Power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:17-18
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know NOTHING else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren