RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464b]

This is the heart of man’s problem. As an independent free agent, he has been made with the ability to discern right from wrong, and to be conscious of the consequences of both. But he only is capable of remaining in the one state of self condemnation and accusation, and is unable to rise above it to the further conclusion and apprehension of the righteous solution to the problem, because being completely self-centred, he sees himself AS the problem.

This is the consequence of being apart from God, and separated from him. It is the sin remnant after the event that provides the separation from God, and it is this consciousness of remnant sin that isolates us from the solution to it. While we continue to lay claim to the right to run our own lives, we remain in denial of God as the solution.

But for righteousness to be the solution, we have to have a way of ridding ourselves of this guilt problem that self autonomy consequently automatically brings.

So if we can see the problem analytically, can we solve it analytically, or does the solution have to contain elements of an external source (God) and HIS answer, or His way of dealing with it. Does the softer emotional or relational aspect have to be involved, in other words, does the nature of love have to be disclosed in order for the solution to be applied?

Knowing the problem we might cry out for the answer to it, in recognition that what is wrong is truly bad, and that what is right is truly good. But how do we manage to escape from the one state to the other?

If we were complete within ourselves, we would recognise the necessity and also the capability of righteousness [forgiveness] to be present in us in order to deal with the discrepancies of self condemnation sin guilt fear etc. But there is no relief from being under the accusation of one’s own mind, especially when that accusation is reinforced by other external ‘laws’ or recognition of the stale mate of the recognition of inner guilt.

Guilt without moral capability could remain simple statements of logic. But we are more than machines, we have feelings because we were made to do so, we were made after the pattern of God, and often we can recognise that the God we would create if we were in a position to do so, would be like our own best projection or guess of him, based on our own feelings about right and wrong, and the nature of love.

And in a way, this is what happens, as we allow to be brought about in us the “image of His Son” by the knowledge of His Spirit which He gives us. But what is to remove the stalemate of inherent sin?

Can we forgive ourselves?  As long as we consider ourselves to be self-contained, self sufficient, we are in denial of the inherent problem of self failure. To admit to self failure we see as denial of self, of the disintegration of self, of the death of self. And this is what the law proclaims to us.

Is forgiveness the only way to go? There firstly has to be admission of the problem before the solution can be found. That by “flesh”, as we are, as we were born and lived, we have lived in failure of the ultimate way of living, we have failed righteousness, we have operated in unrighteousness.

Failure has to be accepted, confessed, brought to light, admitted to be the truth of the situation. Then the rest of the truth of the situation can be brought into play, that there has to be allowance made for error, in the pursuit of ultimate truth. That error has to be put aside and removed in order for truth and integrity to be established.

But the pain. We feel the pain. The truth of all things as connected with righteousness, demands the recognition of the pain suffered and the pain caused by the problem of imperfection. In order to connect with truth and righteousness, because of the way we have been made in awareness of right and wrong and our own experience of these things in worldly life, this demands recognition of the pain caused.

How to be free of the pain? The pain is focussed on and in ourselves so we are stuck with it. But if the focus shifts to another and that pain is seen in Him, and He is one of ultimate authority who declares that this pain has been taken for us on our behalf so we can be free of it, then as we accept this for what it is, a gift as a beneficial act for the purpose of our growth towards Him and in Him and His righteousness, then as we become recipients of the gift then our pain will turn into appreciation of the reality that has been purchased for us. It will turn to love.

God is the nature of love. Therefore the ‘analytical’ self is inadequate for the purpose of revealing God and His loving reality. God is FELT as love, brought about by the RECEPTION of the facts concerning this love, until those facts impinge upon our spirit and our heart to the point where rationalisation becomes indebtedness to righteousness and to love, and Christ becomes the focus of our lives. God is then apprehended as SPIRIT instead of KNOWLEDGE. The law of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of grace. The law of mercy. The law of righteousness. The law of love. The person of love. The Spirit of love.

Romans 7 displays the autonomous analytical self. With all its problems of inner self condemnation and outer accusation, fears and guilt. The answer is Jesus. Not to be, “of yourself”. To accept His forgiveness, to shift  FROM the old life TO the new life. To become the person capable of receiving forgiveness, and so of the giving of forgiveness.

[We have an obligation that as long as we live, we be set apart from the world and live for him, for the Spirit of righteousness, and not for ourselves][As long as weakness exists, love has the opportunity and the imperative to heal it into strength][Rejoice in the truth].[The defeat of past defeats is the enabling of the future][When we accept His forgiveness and then have His forgiving Spirit, we then also have the solution to the problem of inner unforgiveness].

RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464a]

This is the heart of man’s problem. As an independent free agent, he has been made with the ability to discern right from wrong, and to be conscious of the consequences of both. But he only is capable of remaining in the one state of self condemnation and accusation, and is unable to rise above it to the further conclusion and apprehension of the righteous solution to the problem, because being completely self-centred, he sees himself AS the problem.

This is the consequence of being apart from God, and separated from him. It is the sin remnant after the event that provides the separation from God, and it is this consciousness of remnant sin that isolates us from the solution to it. While we continue to lay claim to the right to run our own lives, we remain in denial of God as the solution.

But for righteousness to be the solution, we have to have a way of ridding ourselves of this guilt problem that self autonomy consequently automatically brings.

So if we can see the problem analytically, can we solve it analytically, or does the solution have to contain elements of an external source (God) and HIS answer, or His way of dealing with it. Does the softer emotional or relational aspect have to be involved, in other words, does the nature of love have to be disclosed in order for the solution to be applied?

Knowing the problem we might cry out for the answer to it, in recognition that what is wrong is truly bad, and that what is right is truly good. But how do we manage to escape from the one state to the other?

If we were complete within ourselves, we would recognise the necessity and also the capability of righteousness [forgiveness] to be present in us in order to deal with the discrepancies of self condemnation sin guilt fear etc. But there is no relief from being under the accusation of one’s own mind, especially when that accusation is reinforced by other external ‘laws’ or recognition of the stale mate of the recognition of inner guilt.

Guilt without moral capability could remain simple statements of logic. But we are more than machines, we have feelings because we were made to do so, we were made after the pattern of God, and often we can recognise that the God we would create if we were in a position to do so, would be like our own best projection or guess of him, based on our own feelings about right and wrong, and the nature of love.

And in a way, this is what happens, as we allow to be brought about in us the “image of His Son” by the knowledge of His Spirit which He gives us. But what is to remove the stalemate of inherent sin?

Can we forgive ourselves?  As long as we consider ourselves to be self-contained, self sufficient, we are in denial of the inherent problem of self failure. To admit to self failure we see as denial of self, of the disintegration of self, of the death of self. And this is what the law proclaims to us.

Is forgiveness the only way to go? There firstly has to be admission of the problem before the solution can be found. That by “flesh”, as we are, as we were born and lived, we have lived in failure of the ultimate way of living, we have failed righteousness, we have operated in unrighteousness.

Failure has to be accepted, confessed, brought to light, admitted to be the truth of the situation. Then the rest of the truth of the situation can be brought into play, that there has to be allowance made for error, in the pursuit of ultimate truth. That error has to be put aside and removed in order for truth and integrity to be established.

But the pain. We feel the pain. The truth of all things as connected with righteousness, demands the recognition of the pain suffered and the pain caused by the problem of imperfection. In order to connect with truth and righteousness, because of the way we have been made in awareness of right and wrong and our own experience of these things in worldly life, this demands recognition of the pain caused.

How to be free of the pain? The pain is focussed on and in ourselves so we are stuck with it. But if the focus shifts to another and that pain is seen in Him, and He is one of ultimate authority who declares that this pain has been taken for us on our behalf so we can be free of it, then as we accept this for what it is, a gift as a beneficial act for the purpose of our growth towards Him and in Him and His righteousness, then as we become recipients of the gift then our pain will turn into appreciation of the reality that has been purchased for us. It will turn to love.

God is the nature of love. Therefore the ‘analytical’ self is inadequate for the purpose of revealing God and His loving reality. God is FELT as love, brought about by the RECEPTION of the facts concerning this love, until those facts impinge upon our spirit and our heart to the point where rationalisation becomes indebtedness to righteousness and to love, and Christ becomes the focus of our lives. God is then apprehended as SPIRIT instead of KNOWLEDGE. The law of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of grace. The law of mercy. The law of righteousness. The law of love. The person of love. The Spirit of love.

Romans 7 displays the autonomous analytical self. With all its problems of inner self condemnation and outer accusation, fears and guilt. The answer is Jesus. Not to be, “of yourself”. To accept His forgiveness, to shift  FROM the old life TO the new life. To become the person capable of receiving forgiveness, and so of the giving of forgiveness.

[We have an obligation that as long as we live, we be set apart from the world and live for him, for the Spirit of righteousness, and not for ourselves][As long as weakness exists, love has the opportunity and the imperative to heal it into strength][Rejoice in the truth].[The defeat of past defeats is the enabling of the future][When we accept His forgiveness and then have His forgiving Spirit, we then also have the solution to the problem of inner unforgiveness].

RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464]

This is the heart of man’s problem. As an independent free agent, he has been made with the ability to discern right from wrong, and to be conscious of the consequences of both. But he only is capable of remaining in the one state of self condemnation and accusation, and is unable to rise above it to the further conclusion and apprehension of the righteous solution to the problem, because being completely self-centred, he sees himself AS the problem.

This is the consequence of being apart from God, and separated from him. It is the sin remnant after the event that provides the separation from God, and it is this consciousness of remnant sin that isolates us from the solution to it. While we continue to lay claim to the right to run our own lives, we remain in denial of God as the solution.

But for righteousness to be the solution, we have to have a way of ridding ourselves of this guilt problem that self autonomy consequently automatically brings.

So if we can see the problem analytically, can we solve it analytically, or does the solution have to contain elements of an external source (God) and HIS answer, or His way of dealing with it. Does the softer emotional or relational aspect have to be involved, in other words, does the nature of love have to be disclosed in order for the solution to be applied?

Knowing the problem we might cry out for the answer to it, in recognition that what is wrong is truly bad, and that what is right is truly good. But how do we manage to escape from the one state to the other?

If we were complete within ourselves, we would recognise the necessity and also the capability of righteousness [forgiveness] to be present in us in order to deal with the discrepancies of self condemnation sin guilt fear etc. But there is no relief from being under the accusation of one’s own mind, especially when that accusation is reinforced by other external ‘laws’ or recognition of the stale mate of the recognition of inner guilt.

Guilt without moral capability could remain simple statements of logic. But we are more than machines, we have feelings because we were made to do so, we were made after the pattern of God, and often we can recognise that the God we would create if we were in a position to do so, would be like our own best projection or guess of him, based on our own feelings about right and wrong, and the nature of love.

And in a way, this is what happens, as we allow to be brought about in us the “image of His Son” by the knowledge of His Spirit which He gives us. But what is to remove the stalemate of inherent sin?

Can we forgive ourselves?  As long as we consider ourselves to be self-contained, self sufficient, we are in denial of the inherent problem of self failure. To admit to self failure we see as denial of self, of the disintegration of self, of the death of self. And this is what the law proclaims to us.

Is forgiveness the only way to go? There firstly has to be admission of the problem before the solution can be found. That by “flesh”, as we are, as we were born and lived, we have lived in failure of the ultimate way of living, we have failed righteousness, we have operated in unrighteousness.

Failure has to be accepted, confessed, brought to light, admitted to be the truth of the situation. Then the rest of the truth of the situation can be brought into play, that there has to be allowance made for error, in the pursuit of ultimate truth. That error has to be put aside and removed in order for truth and integrity to be established.

But the pain. We feel the pain. The truth of all things as connected with righteousness, demands the recognition of the pain suffered and the pain caused by the problem of imperfection. In order to connect with truth and righteousness, because of the way we have been made in awareness of right and wrong and our own experience of these things in worldly life, this demands recognition of the pain caused.

How to be free of the pain? The pain is focussed on and in ourselves so we are stuck with it. But if the focus shifts to another and that pain is seen in Him, and He is one of ultimate authority who declares that this pain has been taken for us on our behalf so we can be free of it, then as we accept this for what it is, a gift as a beneficial act for the purpose of our growth towards Him and in Him and His righteousness, then as we become recipients of the gift then our pain will turn into appreciation of the reality that has been purchased for us. It will turn to love.

God is the nature of love. Therefore the ‘analytical’ self is inadequate for the purpose of revealing God and His loving reality. God is FELT as love, brought about by the RECEPTION of the facts concerning this love, until those facts impinge upon our spirit and our heart to the point where rationalisation becomes indebtedness to righteousness and to love, and Christ becomes the focus of our lives. God is then apprehended as SPIRIT instead of KNOWLEDGE. The law of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of grace. The law of mercy. The law of righteousness. The law of love. The person of love. The Spirit of love.

Romans 7 displays the autonomous analytical self. With all its problems of inner self condemnation and outer accusation, fears and guilt. The answer is Jesus. Not to be, “of yourself”. To accept His forgiveness, to shift  FROM the old life TO the new life. To become the person capable of receiving forgiveness, and so of the giving of forgiveness.

[We have an obligation that as long as we live, we be set apart from the world and live for him, for the Spirit of righteousness, and not for ourselves][As long as weakness exists, love has the opportunity and the imperative to heal it into strength][Rejoice in the truth].[The defeat of past defeats is the enabling of the future][When we accept His forgiveness and then have His forgiving Spirit, we then also have the solution to the problem of inner unforgiveness].

THE RIGHTNESS OF THE LAW [1433a]

To sum up Romans 7, it is where Paul reveals the plight of human nature when under law, using his own past experience in exampling how raw humanity behaves under law when it is operating in its natural environment without any further spiritual development. The degree to which law applies depends on the experience the individual has had, whether law by religion or law by natural good conscience. “When the gentiles who have not the law, do by nature what the law contains..” Paul’s conclusion shows that any increased conscience level due to knowledge of law, of what is good, is countered and overcome by the force of human nature, by the effect of that same law being the provoker of sin within Him.

The same ‘law’ which promotes the good, is the same ‘law’ that condemns the bad. So the same good law which declares to us righteousness, is the same ‘law’ that declares us to be unrighteous.

It is like the good is saying “this is good, therefore do it” but the bad [really the same good] says “but you have only done bad, therefore you can’t do it.”.

This needs further exploration as what I have just said infers that it is the same knowledge of good that provokes the evil? That the knowledge of good as reinforced by law enough to cause allegiance to the law, however weak and feeble (wishing?) that may be, is the same thing that is provoking his basic nature to rebel, or to produce variations as a reaction to that law (righteousness).

Just what then, IS this reaction to law that drives our HUMANITY to distraction, to cause the generation of evil?

We always knew good and evil, it’s just that the law emphasised and focussed on our culpability under it.

But, having now brought that to our attention, that our natural nature’s response to good is to highlight our own evil, we have to see that there is a way out of this, and that is to own up to the bad that has gone before, and to enter into this logical conclusion which our condemning conscience has arrived at, that to always do good is the way to go.

To take advantage of our own conclusion that good is the way to go, especially in the view of impending judgement (which we have already judged ourselves to be in) requires the knowledge that we are allowed to do this, that we have the authority to do so, and not only the authority, but the approval, and not only the approval, but the express imperative that this should be the case.

To follow the way of the good was seen as impossible, because, after all, we were good once but the inevitable consequence and undeniable reality of what that became, was evil. Not only was evil LESS than good, it made an art form out of itself where it reverse mirrored the greatness of the good with the infamy of the bad.

Where should our identity be found, and by what are we to be led?

The law brought with it a form of righteousness, in the vacuum of righteousness or the knowledge of it, the law presented us with a standard of righteousness, regardless that it was unattainable by us. Yet we could agree with it because we had the capability to rightly judge, having within us “the knowledge of good and evil” because we bear the image of God. [And the god that we are, judges himself] In the absence of a way forward, we look backward and condemn ourselves in agreeance with law.

But once our identity has found the cleansing it requires, it can move on as long as it feels justified and authorised, permitted, to take up the role which has been assigned it. This requires a certain authority, enough authority to overcome the authority of our fear and fears. [And our emotional baggage].

Only the divine supreme being that God is, can do that. And the authority itself must carry with it impeccable authority, not just some half baked version of it. This impeccable authority is to be seen in Christ’s cross. And then found in the Spirit.

[Our culpability is the problem][Enter Jesus, problem solved][The backlash of our guilt destroys our innocence][Remove the guilt restore the innocence].[The condemnation of law locks us into evil][Condemnation binds us to the environment (in us)(and around us) that caused it][Our identity is at one with it][When we are released, our identity becomes at one with that release and with the one who provided it]

THE RIGHTNESS OF THE LAW [1433]

To sum up Romans 7, it is where Paul reveals the plight of human nature when under law, using his own past experience in exampling how raw humanity behaves under law when it is operating in its natural environment without any further spiritual development. The degree to which law applies depends on the experience the individual has had, whether law by religion or law by natural good conscience. “When the gentiles who have not the law, do by nature what the law contains..” Paul’s conclusion shows that any increased conscience level due to knowledge of law, of what is good, is countered and overcome by the force of human nature, by the effect of that same law being the provoker of sin within Him.

The same ‘law’ which promotes the good, is the same ‘law’ that condemns the bad. So the same good law which declares to us righteousness, is the same ‘law’ that declares us to be unrighteous.

It is like the good is saying “this is good, therefore do it” but the bad [really the same good] says “but you have only done bad, therefore you can’t do it.”.

This needs further exploration as what I have just said infers that it is the same knowledge of good that provokes the evil? That the knowledge of good as reinforced by law enough to cause allegiance to the law, however weak and feeble (wishing?) that may be, is the same thing that is provoking his basic nature to rebel, or to produce variations as a reaction to that law (righteousness).

Just what then, IS this reaction to law that drives our HUMANITY to distraction, to cause the generation of evil?

We always knew good and evil, it’s just that the law emphasised and focussed on our culpability under it.

But, having now brought that to our attention, that our natural nature’s response to good is to highlight our own evil, we have to see that there is a way out of this, and that is to own up to the bad that has gone before, and to enter into this logical conclusion which our condemning conscience has arrived at, that to always do good is the way to go.

To take advantage of our own conclusion that good is the way to go, especially in the view of impending judgement (which we have already judged ourselves to be in) requires the knowledge that we are allowed to do this, that we have the authority to do so, and not only the authority, but the approval, and not only the approval, but the express imperative that this should be the case.

To follow the way of the good was seen as impossible, because, after all, we were good once but the inevitable consequence and undeniable reality of what that became, was evil. Not only was evil LESS than good, it made an art form out of itself where it reverse mirrored the greatness of the good with the infamy of the bad.

Where should our identity be found, and by what are we to be led?

The law brought with it a form of righteousness, in the vacuum of righteousness or the knowledge of it, the law presented us with a standard of righteousness, regardless that it was unattainable by us. Yet we could agree with it because we had the capability to rightly judge, having within us “the knowledge of good and evil” because we bear the image of God. [And the god that we are, judges himself] In the absence of a way forward, we look backward and condemn ourselves in agreeance with law.

But once our identity has found the cleansing it requires, it can move on as long as it feels justified and authorised, permitted, to take up the role which has been assigned it. This requires a certain authority, enough authority to overcome the authority of our fear and fears. [And our emotional baggage].

Only the divine supreme being that God is, can do that. And the authority itself must carry with it impeccable authority, not just some half baked version of it. This impeccable authority is to be seen in Christ’s cross. And then found in the Spirit.

[Our culpability is the problem][Enter Jesus, problem solved][The backlash of our guilt destroys our innocence][Remove the guilt restore the innocence].[The condemnation of law locks us into evil][Condemnation binds us to the environment (in us)(and around us) that caused it][Our identity is at one with it][When we are released, our identity becomes at one with that release and with the one who provided it]

THE CONFLICT IN MAN [1432a]

In all of humanity there is some sort of conflict always going on. So much so, that many suffer from depression and anxiety and a myriad of other ailments and mental problems to do with stress existing in our thinking, in our thoughts.

It was this same conflict in Jesus when he addressed it full on and head on, that resulted in our release from the responsibility of those things which caused us mental stress, worry and anguish.

“I didn’t ask to be born” a friend of mine used to say. And that is true, and if we suffer from mental stress or indeed physical stress for that matter, then we would seem to have the right to offer up just such a sentiment or opinion. Many people seem to suffer from things that were not their fault, not of their own doing.

Without laying blame for this though, the biblical response is that it all comes from guilt within us as a result of humanity through Adam, him taking a fall and thereby creating a sub creation less than that which God designed, but which was completely in accordance with His ultimate intention. That man had to ultimately choose on the basis of the good and the evil which man had provoked into existence by his disobedience to, and within, the perfection of the initial creation itself, and to which he had to find a way to return.

Flesh and blood came into existence to provide the basic foundation on which God could build the final creation based on its own desire for righteousness and which desire would then provide the faith, the belief, in the one who was appointed to provide the way into that righteousness by His own sacrifice of love for the creation itself. And not the least of this being to provide relief for those suffering under the oppression of sin, of the evil that was now let loose in the world. Jesus said, “An enemy has done this”.

One enemy that was identified in Romans 7 was that of our basic humanity being impacted by law to such a degree that our guilt was heightened and focussed to a point where the one seeking relief from the stress of it, having developed a conscience against it, would cry out in his suffering “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” Paul who had tried everything to become righteous, now turned his attention from law, to the Jesus whom Paul, already being a Christian but who had taken on the role of one under law and being subject to the power of “sin in the flesh”, already knew as the answer to it all.

God being full of grace and mercy, put the redemption of his fallen creation on a legal footing so that the legalities of judgement, and the freedom from the penalties of being human, would be undeniable and irrefutable to those who were seeking deliverance. His remedy would be recognisable by both sinner and saint, but to the one who remained in sin it would be foolishness, and to the one who recognised their need of Him and His forgiveness now clearly portrayed as Jesus on the cross, it would be life itself.

Finally there is a freedom from being internally torn apart by the complexity of sin and guilt and what it does to us on the inside so we can be liberated into peace, the “war” finally being over, since it was He himself who won that war on our behalf. The free gift of freedom from the penalty of sin, so we could advance into His “kingdom” of light and leave behind the kingdom of darkness, because He took the penalty of that darkness of soul upon Himself, in His very own body. “It is finished”.

[Conflict is “wrath”][“Through fear of death…” (inner conflict)..][The ultimate crisis-“Wretched man that I am, who? will deliver me from this body of death?”][Jesus will]

THE CONFLICT IN MAN [1432]

In all of humanity there is some sort of conflict always going on. So much so, that many suffer from depression and anxiety and a myriad of other ailments and mental problems to do with stress existing in our thinking, in our thoughts.

It was this same conflict in Jesus when he addressed it full on and head on, that resulted in our release from the responsibility of those things which caused us mental stress, worry and anguish.

“I didn’t ask to be born” a friend of mine used to say. And that is true, and if we suffer from mental stress or indeed physical stress for that matter, then we would seem to have the right to offer up just such a sentiment or opinion. Many people seem to suffer from things that were not their fault, not of their own doing.

Without laying blame for this though, the biblical response is that it all comes from guilt within us as a result of humanity through Adam, him taking a fall and thereby creating a sub creation less than that which God designed, but which was completely in accordance with His ultimate intention. That man had to ultimately choose on the basis of the good and the evil which man had provoked into existence by his disobedience to, and within, the perfection of the initial creation itself, and to which he had to find a way to return.

Flesh and blood came into existence to provide the basic foundation on which God could build the final creation based on its own desire for righteousness and which desire would then provide the faith, the belief, in the one who was appointed to provide the way into that righteousness by His own sacrifice of love for the creation itself. And not the least of this being to provide relief for those suffering under the oppression of sin, of the evil that was now let loose in the world. Jesus said, “An enemy has done this”.

One enemy that was identified in Romans 7 was that of our basic humanity being impacted by law to such a degree that our guilt was heightened and focussed to a point where the one seeking relief from the stress of it, having developed a conscience against it, would cry out in his suffering “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” Paul who had tried everything to become righteous, now turned his attention from law, to the Jesus whom Paul, already being a Christian but who had taken on the role of one under law and being subject to the power of “sin in the flesh”, already knew as the answer to it all.

God being full of grace and mercy, put the redemption of his fallen creation on a legal footing so that the legalities of judgement, and the freedom from the penalties of being human, would be undeniable and irrefutable to those who were seeking deliverance. His remedy would be recognisable by both sinner and saint, but to the one who remained in sin it would be foolishness, while to the one who recognised their need of Him and His forgiveness now clearly portrayed as Jesus on the cross, it would be life itself.

Finally there is a freedom from being internally torn apart by the complexity of sin and guilt and what it does to us on the inside so we can be liberated into peace, the “war” finally being over, since it was He himself who won that war on our behalf. The free gift of freedom from the penalty of sin, so we could advance into His “kingdom” of light and leave behind the kingdom of darkness, because He took the penalty of that darkness of soul upon Himself, in His very own body. “It is finished”.

[Conflict is “wrath”][“Through fear of death…” (inner conflict)..][The ultimate crisis-“Wretched man that I am, who? will deliver me from this body of death?”][Jesus will]

UNDERSTANDING WHAT LAW REALLY IS [1344a]

What is commonly known as “The Law” refers to the Jewish Mosaic law, or law of Moses. There are, in the bible, other laws of varying nature in various places for various reasons.

We are all familiar with secular law, Governments and communities CREATE laws, depending on their view of right and wrong, or simply how the best way is to manipulate you for their particular ends.

Law in general is that series of prohibitions or compulsory requirements as presented by various “authorities ” in our lives, beginning with parents, teachers, or any other thing which becomes to us some sort of authority, or some sort of established set of consequences for some particular actions we may take.

So “laws” are set up within us, in our minds and consciences as a result of this. (We see a biblical reference about the “law being written on/in our hearts”). Our minds become structured in certain patterns of thinking that become established as norms by the constant practise or experience of their very existence, and the reinforcement of them by ongoing activity, and the feedback, consequences, resulting from this.

All this patterning and structuring of our thinking processes, complicates and corrupts away from a singularity of purpose and therefore thought and action. If all our thoughts were aligned with God’s thoughts there would be no problem (This is what the Spirit does). Our thinking is corrupt we are told, by the problem of ‘sin’ introduced by Adam. Because of our natural (faulty) structuring, we are far from the original “image of God” and produce what is called the works of the flesh and we conceive evil in our “hearts”.

In order to control this problem, certain laws are introduced by all and sundry, and of particular note in this regard is the Mosaic law. This temporary introduction until Jesus came, was designed to make obvious to people’ ‘sin’ and ‘sinful’ activity. It made it obvious to others because of the deficiency and inability to maintain those standards, and also to ourselves because we became aware of our failure in this regard.

This situation resulted in the feeling and knowledge of being GUILTY of not measuring up to the prescribed standard of ‘righteousness’, and the thinking patterns became even more chaotic and damaging to the person and structure of man. Reinforcing this were various penalties for contravention of such laws. We may remember the smack delivered by an irate parent when as a child, we strayed from the prescribed ‘righteousness’.

So fear of the penalty extracted for failing to keep laws, kept man in fear of death, in fear of meeting ultimate judgement. Man has inner conflict, an internal conscience war which causes all manner of strife, being that man is a dysfunctional creature.  These laws do not have to be “religious” ones. They can be whatever has caused your conscience to be set up it in the way that it has. “When the Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature what the law demands, they show they are a law unto themselves…”

To keep one of God’s laws calls for a response that is out of character with man, because man is out of character with God. When calls for multiple laws to be kept occurs, there is even greater inner conflict because we are then expecting man to conform even more closely to God’s laws, and therefore to God Himself. Ultimately we are required to be “participants in the divine nature”.

The law then, reveals the gulf between God and man, and reveals it to be a very great gulf indeed. When and if forgiveness is applied to man’s situation, and an alternative is available, there will be impetus to swing towards this forgiveness and the resultant righteousness this brings forth. But if rather than try to introduce change to the man directly (which doesn’t work), we introduce change to the law or to the relationship between man and law, then change is made available because the inter-relationship of law sin death alters.

Man’s problem is that he sees he is death worthy, if he is honest with himself. Jesus came to die FOR him, to provide a death which satisfied the conscience of law and man. Appreciating this, the man accepts death with Jesus in a symbolic form of dying with Him. (water baptism) “for the forgiveness of sin”. The man has now died to the law, and the law is disempowered to penalise the man for the works of death he has performed, because he is already ‘officially’ dead.

Because Jesus dealt with the inner conflict of man, by dealing with it within himself, then the death he acquired in the process, by God’s will, is accorded to us also while we still are alive. This cleanses the conscience, and if to the degree ‘required’, then man’s inner sinful thought activity and also his though patterning, will be effected. Faith is asking for, and requires, that the sacrifice of Jesus rendered us “as dead”. (And then alive with Him). All of the previous established “laws” built up and established within our mind, especially with religious authority, are now null and void, because the laws of sin and death have been displaced by the “law of the Spirit of life”.

We don’t, nor can we, put this internal sin network of thought patterns to death, especially not by ourselves, of our own accord, anyway. That’s why Jesus said “without me you can do nothing”. Even if, because of our weaknesses and lack of understanding, we are ‘exhorted’ to put these things to death, and perhaps by faith we could have a go at it, we cannot do it simply because they DESERVE to die, no matter how much we appreciate His sacrifice on our behalf. [Although visitation by the Spirit can cause some very big transformations in people].

The full story is that because Jesus has done it, and rather than exercise faith to try and “put the flesh to death”, what we are supposed to do is to exercise faith in that He has ALREADY done it for us, and we rely on His accomplishment, ergo rely on HIM, that he has effected this death FOR us, and it is THIS that we are to exercise faith in, in His death already accomplished over sin, not OUR attempts to do so, to put sin to death. “It is finished”.

In this way does God bring to our attention that it is HE who is the redeemer, HE who has rescued us, fully, and no other. “He has abolished (the) law”. Because we have died to the law THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST, we are no longer “alive” to law and its coercion of us to feel guilty, OR to allow sinful thought patterns to remain and to control us anymore. Stimulus towards sinning, the “old” thoughts and patterning which we had before, are now met with the fact that Jesus already has dealt with all sinful thought and sinful patterns of humanity. His plan is that we should rely now on the FACT that He Himself has dealt with it all. It is all proclaimed to be dead already.

There is no point in us trying to “mortify” that which He has already “mortified”. The body of His was put to death for us, on our behalf, that we be given the advantage as being those who have died, yet are still alive. The power of death has been removed, judgement and condemnation have happened, but IN HIM. He frees us from ourselves, from our inner conflict because of warring thought factions within us, based on law and guilt. LAW HAS BEEN REMOVED [law has no further jurisdiction over one who is dead] because of Jesus. You see the only thing that matters now is life or death. God is no longer concerned with sin, having dealt with it in Jesus, He is only interested in people leaving their deathly lives and becoming new creatures in Him by His grace, His undeserved favour and love for us. Our “inner sin” has been dealt with and accorded the death it deserves, but it was Jesus who actually effected this death so that we could take advantage of it.

By faith now, we are able to take control and “put to death” those thoughts, because He has already put them to death for us, ONCE FOR ALL. There is no need to revisit this territory which He has already been over, It is done, we believe death has lost its power over us, and so death loses its power over us. [faith in truth].

So we don’t exercise faith to PUT DEATH TO DEATH, we exercise faith in HIM HAVING ALREADY DONE IT. (which He has).

God’s Spirit and the ‘law’ of flesh are opposed to each other. The realm of love life and freedom of existence in righteousness cannot be established by any law that man is able to conceive of. It can only be established within the bounds of  “The perfect law” which is not apart from Him, but is what He IS. LOVE is the perfect law, the Spirit is the perfect law, and it is His nature, not some extension of Himself (Other than Jesus), that goes forth to compel us to obey Him. God is Spirit, and can only be apprehended as such. God and His Spirit just ARE, and cannot be contained in or confined to, laws. The Spirit exhibits the immediate presence of Jesus and His righteousness, in whom/which we should dwell.

And so Romans chapter 7 explains how natural man when subjected to law/s and compelled to try and raise, by and of himself, his standards to meet the requirements of righteousness, FAILS. He is exposed as a servant and a slave to sin, which can only be solved by God in the form of Jesus stepping in and DOING WHAT WAS REQUIRED to bring man to the choice of life or death, simply by believing or not believing, by trusting God or not trusting Him, of becoming a subject of the love He has for us, or by denying that love and so preventing it (the Spirit) from changing our nature.

God finally got there, a simple way of allowing man to regain his freewill and then use it to choose Him or discard Him, and on that choice rests the choice for life or for death. Man, by his faith, [by the Spirit], creates that which was necessary to enter God’s rest, the conflict of law/flesh/sin/death being over, the guardianship of the Spirit of life has begun. He is a new creation.

[This has been the long story – The short story is, righteousness by faith in His blood.]

[man is exposed as a creature dependent on a network of  internal and external laws which then hold him in the bondage of that network, so that he produces sin][Jesus destroys that relationship by overcoming the defective internalisation of sin and that which produces it, and fills the resultant vacuum with His Spirit][And no one said there would not be opposition to this].

[Then there are the extra 168 or whatever laws plus the ten that some would have you observe, not to mention the “commandments of Christ” which some seem to derive from everything Jesus ever said and insist they be kept as laws.][Because our bodies are considered dead, so too are our ‘bodily’ thoughts considered as dead]

UNDERSTANDING WHAT LAW REALLY IS [1344]

What is commonly known as “The Law” refers to the Jewish Mosaic law, or law of Moses. There are, in the bible, other laws of varying nature in various places for various reasons.

We are all familiar with secular law, Governments and communities CREATE laws, depending on their view of right and wrong, or simply how the best way is to manipulate you for their particular ends.

Law in general is that series of prohibitions or compulsory requirements as presented by various “authorities ” in our lives, beginning with parents, teachers, or any other thing which becomes to us some sort of authority, or some sort of established set of consequences for some particular actions we may take.

So “laws” are set up within us, in our minds and consciences as a result of this. (We see a biblical reference about the “law being written on/in our hearts”). Our minds become structured in certain patterns of thinking that become established as norms by the constant practise or experience of their very existence, and the reinforcement of them by ongoing activity, and the feedback, consequences, resulting from this.

All this patterning and structuring of our thinking processes, complicates and corrupts away from a singularity of purpose and therefore thought and action. If all our thoughts were aligned with God’s thoughts there would be no problem (This is what the Spirit does). Our thinking is corrupt we are told, by the problem of ‘sin’ introduced by Adam. Because of our natural (faulty) structuring, we are far from the original “image of God” and produce what is called the works of the flesh and we conceive evil in our “hearts”.

In order to control this problem, certain laws are introduced by all and sundry, and of particular note in this regard is the Mosaic law. This temporary introduction until Jesus came, was designed to make obvious to people’ ‘sin’ and ‘sinful’ activity. It made it obvious to others because of the deficiency and inability to maintain those standards, and also to ourselves because we became aware of our failure in this regard.

This situation resulted in the feeling and knowledge of being GUILTY of not measuring up to the prescribed standard of ‘righteousness’, and the thinking patterns became even more chaotic and damaging to the person and structure of man. Reinforcing this were various penalties for contravention of such laws. We may remember the smack delivered by an irate parent when as a child, we strayed from the prescribed ‘righteousness’.

So fear of the penalty extracted for failing to keep laws, kept man in fear of death, in fear of meeting ultimate judgement. Man has inner conflict, an internal conscience war which causes all manner of strife, being that man is a dysfunctional creature.  These laws do not have to be “religious” ones. They can be whatever has caused your conscience to be set up it in the way that it has. “When the Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature what the law demands, they show they are a law unto themselves…”

To keep one of God’s laws calls for a response that is out of character with man, because man is out of character with God. When calls for multiple laws to be kept occurs, there is even greater inner conflict because we are then expecting man to conform even more closely to God’s laws, and therefore to God Himself. Ultimately we are required to be “participants in the divine nature”.

The law then, reveals the gulf between God and man, and reveals it to be a very great gulf indeed. When and if forgiveness is applied to man’s situation, and an alternative is available, there will be impetus to swing towards this forgiveness and the resultant righteousness this brings forth. But if rather than try to introduce change to the man directly (which doesn’t work), we introduce change to the law or to the relationship between man and law, then change is made available because the inter-relationship of law sin death alters.

Man’s problem is that he sees he is death worthy, if he is honest with himself. Jesus came to die FOR him, to provide a death which satisfied the conscience of law and man. Appreciating this, the man accepts death with Jesus in a symbolic form of dying with Him. (water baptism) “for the forgiveness of sin”. The man has now died to the law, and the law is disempowered to penalise the man for the works of death he has performed, because he is already ‘officially’ dead.

Because Jesus dealt with the inner conflict of man, by dealing with it within himself, then the death he acquired in the process, by God’s will, is accorded to us also while we still are alive. This cleanses the conscience, and if to the degree ‘required’, then man’s inner sinful thought activity and also his though patterning, will be effected. Faith is asking for, and requires, that the sacrifice of Jesus rendered us “as dead”. (And then alive with Him). All of the previous established “laws” built up and established within our mind, especially with religious authority, are now null and void, because the laws of sin and death have been displaced by the “law of the Spirit of life”.

We don’t, nor can we, put this internal sin network of thought patterns to death, especially not by ourselves, of our own accord, anyway. That’s why Jesus said “without me you can do nothing”. Even if, because of our weaknesses and lack of understanding, we are ‘exhorted’ to put these things to death, and perhaps by faith we could have a go at it, we cannot do it simply because they DESERVE to die, no matter how much we appreciate His sacrifice on our behalf. [Although visitation by the Spirit can cause some very big transformations in people].

The full story is that because Jesus has done it, and rather than exercise faith to try and “put the flesh to death”, what we are supposed to do is to exercise faith in that He has ALREADY done it for us, and we rely on His accomplishment, ergo rely on HIM, that he has effected this death FOR us, and it is THIS that we are to exercise faith in, in His death already accomplished over sin, not OUR attempts to do so, to put sin to death. “It is finished”.

In this way does God bring to our attention that it is HE who is the redeemer, HE who has rescued us, fully, and no other. “He has abolished (the) law”. Because we have died to the law THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST, we are no longer “alive” to law and its coercion of us to feel guilty, OR to allow sinful thought patterns to remain and to control us anymore. Stimulus towards sinning, the “old” thoughts and patterning which we had before, are now met with the fact that Jesus already has dealt with all sinful thought and sinful patterns of humanity. His plan is that we should rely now on the FACT that He Himself has dealt with it all. It is all proclaimed to be dead already.

There is no point in us trying to “mortify” that which He has already “mortified”. The body of His was put to death for us, on our behalf, that we be given the advantage as being those who have died, yet are still alive. The power of death has been removed, judgement and condemnation have happened, but IN HIM. He frees us from ourselves, from our inner conflict because of warring thought factions within us, based on law and guilt. LAW HAS BEEN REMOVED [law has no further jurisdiction over one who is dead] because of Jesus. You see the only thing that matters now is life or death. God is no longer concerned with sin, having dealt with it in Jesus, He is only interested in people leaving their deathly lives and becoming new creatures in Him by His grace, His undeserved favour and love for us. Our “inner sin” has been dealt with and accorded the death it deserves, but it was Jesus who actually effected this death so that we could take advantage of it.

By faith now, we are able to take control and “put to death” those thoughts, because He has already put them to death for us, ONCE FOR ALL. There is no need to revisit this territory which He has already been over, It is done, we believe death has lost its power over us, and so death loses its power over us. [faith in truth].

So we don’t exercise faith to PUT DEATH TO DEATH, we exercise faith in HIM HAVING ALREADY DONE IT. (which He has).

God’s Spirit and the ‘law’ of flesh are opposed to each other. The realm of love life and freedom of existence in righteousness cannot be established by any law that man is able to conceive of. It can only be established within the bounds of  “The perfect law” which is not apart from Him, but is what He IS. LOVE is the perfect law, the Spirit is the perfect law, and it is His nature, not some extension of Himself (Other than Jesus), that goes forth to compel us to obey Him. God is Spirit, and can only be apprehended as such. God and His Spirit just ARE, and cannot be contained in or confined to, laws. The Spirit exhibits the immediate presence of Jesus and His righteousness, in whom/which we should dwell.

And so Romans chapter 7 explains how natural man when subjected to law/s and compelled to try and raise, by and of himself, his standards to meet the requirements of righteousness, FAILS. He is exposed as a servant and a slave to sin, which can only be solved by God in the form of Jesus stepping in and DOING WHAT WAS REQUIRED to bring man to the choice of life or death, simply by believing or not believing, by trusting God or not trusting Him, of becoming a subject of the love He has for us, or by denying that love and so preventing it (the Spirit) from changing our nature.

God finally got there, a simple way of allowing man to regain his freewill and then use it to choose Him or discard Him, and on that choice rests the choice for life or for death. Man, by his faith, [by the Spirit], creates that which was necessary to enter God’s rest, the conflict of law/flesh/sin/death being over, the guardianship of the Spirit of life has begun. He is a new creation.

[This has been the long story – The short story is, righteousness by faith in His blood.]

[man is exposed as a creature dependent on a network of  internal and external laws which then hold him in the bondage of that network, so that he produces sin][Jesus destroys that relationship by overcoming the defective internalisation of sin and that which produces it, and fills the resultant vacuum with His Spirit][And no one said there would not be opposition to this].

[Then there are the extra 168 or whatever laws plus the ten that some would have you observe, not to mention the “commandments of Christ” which some seem to derive from everything Jesus ever said and insist they be kept as laws.][Because our bodies are considered dead, so too are our ‘bodily’ thoughts considered as dead]

THE LOSS OF THE ETERNAL PARENT [687d]

Is the problem of inner pain to do with the change from childhood to adulthood? Is independence the clue to our hurting, to do with the shift out of parental guidance? Does leaving our parents involve a similar scenario to leaving the divine guidance? And does this result in the prospect of future death. Is this why death is what holds us in a grip of hopelessness? Fear of death. Especially as we see our parents die.

There may be something intrinsically wrong with us because of the loss of childhood innocence. All of the correction which our parents supplied, for example, may have involved the concept of loving correction, to the point that correction itself then becomes a reflection of the love that drove it.

Do we automatically sense all those points of needed correction and recognise in them that love is guiding us away from our own folly? And do we then get the sense that the vacuum left in the wake of said correction, could be filled with the love that instigated it? And even if that correction from earthly parents was misguided, perhaps it delivers to us the concept of the heavenly parent from whom we are estranged?

Are we, as adults, simply still the child hiding from some sad reality which intrinsically dwells within us all? And is that inner sadness the result of a consciousness of having caused pain to those who loved us?? In this case  we would love to make amends, to say we are sorry, to apologise to those whom we offended. Do we desire love and cannot find it?

The fact that we hurt is an admission that we know what love is, and that we are missing its embrace from our lives. Unless we had bad parents, much of this could stem from our non-reciprocation of that love, or of being aware that love should have been shown when in fact it was not. Is it simply the absence of love that causes such pain, because, knowing it exists and yet not being in possession of it, not being at one with it and at peace in it, provides a vacuum or place within that is filled with a sense of loss.

Every time we acted unlovingly towards others, we left a trail for the future realisation of guilt. Anything of us that was unkind or hurtful to others was going to provide future material for the hurt of guilt to appear. No more so is this going to be the case than if the full nature of love is presented to us plainly. And this is actually the case. Piecemeal via the law (the statement of rights and wrongs) and in large chunks if presented around the gospel message, being the full application of the knowledge of love, all at once.

Hurt being able to be reciprocated, it is not just a case of love for love’s sake, but also a fear that accompanies the knowledge of both love and the knowledge of the non-love in which we have participated. We therefore seek approval because of fear of the unknown, yet we can only frame the reference of anything as it becomes known. Our heart reveals to us the truth of both the known and the unknown, in other words it makes them both known, through our earthly experiences with moral issues.

Yet the heart is concerned only with the issue of the present in terms of what it feels, but what it feels is also governed by the knowledge of past failures, and the guilt that is carried thereby. Sorrow, remorse, sadness and guilt. The gospel spotlights us and our lives, and its light can either permeate and penetrate with its revealing truth, or it can be reflected away or its intensity diluted by the cloud of sin that surrounds us. The gospel carries with it the impact of the immediate moment with its force of penetration of our defences, yet huge resistance is invariably encountered because we fear exposure as much as we fear retribution, the former seemingly being the agent of the latter.

Yet the good and honest heart will be penetrated by this shaft of eternal light, and be forced to admit its crimes against humanity and against itself, this heart that has known both innocence and guilt. The two magnify each other as they stand in opposition, in contradiction of their states of being, and the honesty of their contradicting poles brings crisis to the owner, to the identity of this stricken and afflicted heart, which suddenly assumes almost the full identity of the person concerned. Passion may be a consuming thing, and how could there be more passionate opposites than fear and love? Hate might be thought to be involved, but I feel that hate is simply a derivative of the absence of love and the product of fear, rather than a polar opposite to love itself.

At the root base of our problem then, lies the absence of the feeling of being right within ourselves. That there is a distinct feeling of being wrong, and that death is going to be something intensely connected with the end of our lives, and that the steam train carrying us at intense speed towards this inevitable situation is going to terminate at the end of the line with a catastrophic crash which will reveal to all the full content of our guilt, and attract a full measure of “wrath” to our account. While all the time knowing there is love, a place of complete safety and comfort, and that we are not a part of it; leaves us feeling vulnerable.

But the knowledge of love itself is sufficient to draw us to it and to its known source in a manner which confronts the “other elements” of non love and demands their demise. The gospel provides both the source of love and the demise of non love, just waiting for the open heart to absorb it. The desire for love then, is the discriminator of sheep and goats. The message of release from the power of non love and all it has created in our lives; into the arms of love, of the eternal lover, is the catalyst that enables a sweeping change to occur within that open heart.

Meditation then, on the guilt from which we are relieved, and what that really means to us, is beneficial to our inner change from death to life. “As you come to Him…” Confession of this guilt and thankfulness for its relief, and praise for the one who has so relieved us from our inner death, should result.

Reconciliation with God should be considered as something of great depth which cleanses us to the point of full confidence in Him and therefore before him. Our release from death should be contemplated and confessed, along with meditation on the resultant life, a life of love. Jesus took away our guilt and shame, it only now being shameful to ignore him and what he has done for us. Proclaim him with your life.

And what of Adam? The lie is that God is not a God of love and does not love us. The truth is that he IS a God of love and DOES love us. His only son DIED for us, so great was this love for us. This great love has suffered to free us from the condemnation of our inner selves, that we might live and live in a new way far removed from the old. The difference between an earthly life and a heavenly one. Be filled with the Spirit.

Does love have a future? Does hate (non-love) have a past? Present peace, present love, depends on the future hope of the permanent nature of love, as it establishes itself now, in preparation for the future. The past has been forgiven, so don’t bring the past into either the present or the future. Certainly feel sorrow over the past, but then extract yourself from it and dwell in a present which is of a past that has been forgiven, even forgotten, it is no more. Rejoice that His death means that ours has been removed, so that His love can fill our hearts to overflowing, that we might reveal Him also to others.

The knowledge of good and evil took a heavy toll on humanity. The ‘good’ only condemned them for their evil, so they had to hide from it. They could never again come to the ‘good’ until there was a solution to their evil, because to approach the light was to be exposed as evil. Only in being able to approach a special kind of light that both exposed the evil and destroyed it by its goodness at the same time, would they be able to respond to it. And only as the light revealed itself as the source of life itself, would they be drawn to the eternal flame, for the burning away of their evil, and the renewal of their own light.

Love (He) longs to love us, as we long to be loved by it (Him). Let your heart be cleansed by faith. (In Him). Our hearts have experienced the existence of good and evil within themselves. It is time to say goodbye to the cause of the evils of all things and to take up the cause of the good. It is time to give up the distress of our former lives and to embrace the peace of the new one, knowing that He has paid the terrible cost of it in His own body on our behalf.

Appreciating the fullness of the cross may take a lifetime. Parental guidance may have avoided various problems, but the loss of their guidance and in the vacuum of the eternal parent and His guidance it meant the establishment of our OWN guidance, and that was our downfall. Our ego substituted itself for his righteous guidance and our problems multiplied and compounded. “Without me you can do nothing”, well, nothing good anyway.