“1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the Truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:1-3
Too many Christians are stuck in the 7th chapter of Romans. They began in the Spirit but now try in vain to be made perfect by flesh. Humanistic psychology cloaked in Scripture has taken the place of the Cross of Christ and the Cross of Christ has been made of no effect in their lives.
“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
They are sincere but sincerely wrong. They delight in the law of God and strive in vain to do that which is right according to His Word but quickly find that what they want to do and what they do are two completely different things. Having looked to the law of our mind; the vain philosophies of humanistic psychology, which appear to be good and right, our members war against us. The sin nature which dwells in us because of Adam’s fall is quickened by these nefarious laws and quickly bring us into submission .
If we think for one minute that we can have victory over the power of the sin nature which dwells in us through will power, humanistic psychology or ANY other method other than pure and simple faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we are deceived and the Cross of Christ was in vain. We cannot have both the Cross of Christ AND humanistic psychology. I’m speaking here to Christians. The Cross of Christ is either sufficient or it isn’t. The Holy Spirit does not operate outside of the Cross of Christ. Our faith placed in the vain philosophies in our minds for victory over our sin nature will not give the Holy Spirit the latitude He must have to isolate our sin nature and leaves the Christian struggling in Romans chapter 7.
“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
It is the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend the work of God in our hearts. It is a legal matter. If we are not IN Christ Jesus, submitted unto Him, Who HE is and what HE has done to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life (Romans 6:14), we are not made free from the Law of Sin and Death. We ARE one of those foolish Galatians who have begun in the flesh but attempt in vain to be made perfect by the law.
“2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as His Divine Power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 2:2-4
Every Born Again Believer has been given a Divine Nature. Whether we partake or not depends upon the object of our faith. You will know them by their fruit. Every good tree brings forth good fruit and every corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. If the object of our faith is the Cross of Christ for dominion over our sin nature, we are IN Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit will free us from the Law of Sin and Death. On the other hand, if the object of our faith is self, self will, talents, intellect, humanistic psychology, etc., the Holy Spirit will not free us from the Law of Sin and Death and we will continue bring forth evil fruit.
There IS freedom from the Law of Sin and Death but it only comes by Grace through faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus…it only comes as we are submitted unto HIS finished work. Seek Him for deliverance of the sin that so easily besets you. You can’t break the power of that sin but Jesus Christ already has at Calvary’s Cross 2000+ years ago. Step in to Romans Chapter 8…be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren