LOVE HURTS [258c]

How can we describe the pain of guilt, of fear, of hurting for another’s suffering? This thing called anguish is so real, yet it is “just” a thought process. Physical pain we can understand because we can see the cause, but the inner torment of something that comes against what otherwise might be a peaceful condition of the mind, is unseen, although the effects of it may be visible.

What is the torment that will come against those who disbelieve, who are “caught” in their sin? Jesus says that this pain is very real. In another way he puts it that those who see they have been [are] excluded from the kingdom will “gnash their teeth”, such will be their distress.

But what of the pain that Jesus underwent for us? The reality has to be that he felt everything that people feel under these very same conditions. In other words, he experienced the hell that will be felt by those excluded from the kingdom.. [Some part of hell may be currently experienced by those presently not in the kingdom]. He experienced the fear that people experience. He experienced all that the human condition could throw at him, and he overcame it all. Otherwise he could not be a true sacrifice for sin.

He foresaw this in Gethsemane – he knew that all this would be his experience, and that when it came, he would not be able to understand why it came. It was in this condition on the cross that he cried “My God why have you abandoned me?”.

How deep the suffering of anguish, for whatever the reason. This condition is called “The wrath of God”.  We may feel it on our own account, or feel it for another.. Jesus felt it all. His righteousness enabled him to overcome it. Those who are not “in him” will feel it also, but will not be able to overcome it.

How great the victory we have inherited from him, that we can now exercise faith in his overcoming on our behalf so that we can be fit to live with him.

Clove

YOU ARE FORGIVEN [347c]

You don’t have to scrape and bow and try to become worthy of forgiveness. You are already sons and daughters of the living God, and he has provided your forgiveness so you will be drawn to him, because he has done something to attract your attention.

Religion says you must do something or believe a set of beliefs or ritualistically cleanse yourself to even become worthy of forgiveness. Kind of defeats the whole point of it? You can do nothing to earn or merit or attract forgiveness or otherwise it would not be forgiveness.

Forgiveness starts with the recognition of the need for it. That without forgiveness there is no way to change the status quo of our inadequacy and deficient makeup, of being. If God is love and truth then that love and truth already exists without human aid to sustain it or even to prove it.

We readily accept that we are in far less than the desired position, unless we are unusually mentally deficient. Right and wrong, good and bad are observably considered as comparative, regardless of the mean or average standard of our personal experience of such.

But there has been given an absolute standard, which is one where there is no deficiency and no lack of provision of what is good and right, while what is wrong and bad is notably absent from the scene altogether. What draws us to this is that we sense our own identity is tied up in what we ultimately believe.

Any rituals or structures which are presented to us as a religious necessity to gain acceptance for forgiveness are not absolutes, but are only to be considered as tools or helps for us to gain understanding, and are there to bend our thinking towards that which God desires for us.

At stake is our very identity, and our consciousness of it. This is what materialises as we draw near to God through the sacrificial offering that has been made of and through the ultimate righteousness available, Jesus. As we accept forgiveness of our past and project our thinking forward into the future, we become receptive to the Spirit of God in the form of the risen Jesus who comes to help us in our acceptance of him.

As we, by this Spirit, begin to comprehend the nature of Christ and that we are now joined to Him and are participant in his nature, we become aware of our true identity as a son of God, and that our true self lies in His true self – that His true self is actually our true self as it was created to be. When we begin to apprehend the reality of our deficient (sinful) nature having been removed by the mercy of God, we begin to comprehend who we really are, in Him.

As Jesus said, that they might have life and have it more abundantly. In other words, the real, true life and identity that was intended from the beginning. We are not wiped out by “denying ourself”, we are established in identity the more fully, when we realise that our identity is the same as his, we are family, and we recognise our own individual selves as individuals who are loved by Him, and are thereby established in our own right and identity as a worthy child, known by name.

When we discover our identity as a child of God, we finally become who we were intended to be all along. As children of (the) righteousness, we have all things at our disposal, there is nothing that can hurt us, we are at one with Him. Rather than have lost our identity, we have found it*.

Forgiveness is free because love is freely given. There are no conditions to this love, you either believe it exists for you or you don’t. This love has wiped out your past, and the past of all people, so they can apprehend His present and so secure their future. His love has wiped out your past so you might dwell in its, his, present presence. This love continually cleanses you. You become the real you instead of the false you. You have moved beyond the physical realm and into that which is immersed in the spiritual, whose reality far exceeds earthly ones.

[Just as the law as an inferior structure came into fullness through love, so do we, as those who failed and ran foul of the law, do become the product of the reversal of our death state, and appreciators of the righteousness (and its identity) we have been given]

*[Matt 10-39][he that loses his life will find it]

STOP OPPOSING GOD [1474]

If you are not “With” Jesus, then you are without Him.  Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me.” If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Him.

Luke 11-23 “He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.”

We can be many things apart from Jesus, but unless we have surrendered ourselves to Him and His purposes, we are nothing and will be nothing. Unless we are with Him then we are AGAINST Him. It is not healthy to be against the Son of God, on that day that matters most we could be found to have been actively opposing God, regardless of any seemingly impressive religious appearances to the contrary.

[Be with the Jesus of the supernatural].

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DENY YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD [1468b]

God’s whole purpose with mankind is to get us to admit we are His children. So that when we have done that, we will join with the other children of God towards Him in gratitude, and will love one another, and also all those in the world, as Jesus did.

But we find many ways to avoid accepting this. We don’t or won’t believe, we don’t have time to investigate His claims on us, we find His claims too demanding, too costly. We believe that there are many ways to God or that spiritual views are too split to be able to reconcile them to one singular truth (that God is love).

We were brought up in particular religions or denominations which bent us one way or the other, so that we now find the prevailing views on spirituality, Christianity, too confused warped or distorted to give allegiance to any of them; or we cleave to one particular view, belief system or denomination and show contempt towards others.

Through Jesus, God BOUGHT us back to Himself. We now accept or reject His ownership of us, we accept or reject the correction of the Adamic error which He brought into place to free us from its consequences. But we don’t want to be free, because such freedom comes at the cost of our own selfish endeavours to provide “the good life” for ourselves.

We don’t want His kind of good life, because we might have to do that which is absolutely good and right. We might even have to love our enemies, even those who are morally corrupt, and the dirty and unwashed. We may have been one of these ourselves, “and such were some of you”.

And a simple way of avoiding God’s love in Jesus is to claim to have the truth of Him, to claim to be His true child, to have the way of the way, the truth and the life, and then to refuse to acknowledge His other true children, to refuse to fellowship with them, to claim that it is “my way or the highway”.

We are to love, not only “the brethren”, our brothers and sisters in Christ, whoever and wherever they may be and where we find them [and if we refuse to do this we are denying Christ] but to also love those of the world, and even our enemies. EVERYBODY. We are to LOVE without reservation, regardless of the “cost” to ourselves, because the “cost” to Him to enable us to do this, was far greater.

And even ‘judgement’ as to who our brethren may be, has to be suspended. “Do not judge, lest you be judged”. With the measure of judgement you give, so shall you receive. Love encompasses all. We should be so busy loving that we have no sense of judgement about who it is that we are loving. Then it won’t matter whether we consider them as “brethren” or not.

WE HAVE ONLY ONE PURPOSE – TO EXIST TO LOVE.

[For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life][We must be about our Father’s business]

 

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DENY YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD [1468a]

God’s whole purpose with mankind is to get us to admit we are His children. So that when we have done that, we will join with the other children of God towards Him in gratitude, and will love one another, and also all those in the world, as Jesus did.

But we find many ways to avoid accepting this. We don’t or won’t believe, we don’t have time to investigate His claims on us, we find His claims too demanding, too costly. We believe that there are many ways to God or that spiritual views are too split to be able to reconcile them to one singular truth (that God is love).

We were brought up in particular religions or denominations which bent us one way or the other, so that we now find the prevailing views on spirituality, Christianity, too confused warped or distorted to give allegiance to any of them; or we cleave to one particular view, belief system or denomination and show contempt towards others.

Through Jesus, God BOUGHT us back to Himself. We now accept or reject His ownership of us, we accept or reject the correction of the Adamic error which He brought into place to free us from its consequences. But we don’t want to be free, because such freedom comes at the cost of our own selfish endeavours to provide “the good life” for ourselves.

We don’t want His kind of good life, because we might have to do that which is absolutely good and right. We might even have to love our enemies, even those who are morally corrupt, and the dirty and unwashed. We may have been one of these ourselves, “and such were some of you”.

And a simple way of avoiding God’s love in Jesus is to claim to have the truth of Him, to claim to be His true child, to have the way of the way, the truth and the life, and then to refuse to acknowledge His other true children, to refuse to fellowship with them, to claim that it is “my way or the highway”.

We are to love, not only “the brethren”, our brothers and sisters in Christ, whoever and wherever they may be and where we find them [and if we refuse to do this we are denying Christ] but to also love those of the world, and even our enemies. EVERYBODY. We are to LOVE without reservation, regardless of the “cost” to ourselves, because the “cost” to Him to enable us to do this, was far greater.

And even ‘judgement’ as to who our brethren may be, has to be suspended. “Do not judge, lest you be judged”. With the measure of judgement you give, so shall you receive. Love encompasses all. We should be so busy loving that we have no sense of judgement about who it is that we are loving. Then it won’t matter whether we consider them as “brethren” or not.

WE HAVE ONLY ONE PURPOSE – TO EXIST TO LOVE.

[For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life][We must be about our Father’s business]

 

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DENY YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD [1468]

God’s whole purpose with mankind is to get him to admit he is a child of God. So that when he has done that, he will join with the other children of God towards Him in gratitude, and they will love one another, and also all those in the world, as Jesus did.

But we find many ways to avoid accepting this. We don’t or won’t believe, we don’t have time to investigate His claims on us, we find His claims too demanding, too costly. We believe that there are many ways to God or that spiritual views are too split to be able to reconcile them to one singular truth (that God is love).

We were brought up in particular religions or denominations which bent us one way or the other, so that we now find the prevailing views on spirituality, Christianity, too confused warped or distorted to give allegiance to any of them; or we cleave to one particular view, belief system or denomination and show contempt towards others.

Through Jesus, God BOUGHT us back to Himself. We now accept or reject His ownership of us, we accept or reject the correction of the Adamic error which He brought into place to free us from its consequences. But we don’t want to be free, because such freedom comes at the cost of our own selfish endeavours to provide “the good life” for ourselves.

We don’t want His kind of good life, because we might have to do that which is absolutely good and right. We might even have to love our enemies, even those who are morally corrupt, and the dirty and unwashed. We may have been one of these ourselves, “and such were some of you”.

And a simple way of avoiding God’s love in Jesus is to claim to have the truth of Him, to claim to be His true child, to have the way of the way, the truth and the life, and then to refuse to acknowledge His other true children, to refuse to fellowship with them, to claim that it is “my way or the highway”.

We are to love, not only “the brethren”, our brothers and sisters in Christ, whoever and wherever they may be and where we find them [and if we refuse to do this we are denying Christ] but to also love those of the world, and even our enemies. EVERYBODY. We are to LOVE without reservation, regardless of the “cost” to ourselves, because the “cost” to Him to enable us to do this, was far greater.

And even ‘judgement’ as to who our brethren may be, has to be suspended. “Do not judge, lest you be judged”. With the measure of judgement you give, so shall you receive. Love encompasses all. We should be so busy loving that we have no sense of judgement about who it is that we are loving. Then it won’t matter whether we consider them as “brethren” or not.

WE HAVE ONLY ONE PURPOSE – TO EXIST TO LOVE.

[For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life][We must be about our Father’s business]

 

THE REWRITING OF ROMANS 7 [1467b]

It seems the simplest way of projecting a true understanding of Romans 7 is to simply rewrite it in a way which is understandable. Few would deny that this chapter has its difficulties, although it depends a lot on your spiritual insight it would seem. Then there is the whole issue of scholarship and traditional understanding and intellectual abilities available. There are many famous theologians over the years who have proposed various viewpoints and ‘angles’ on this chapter.

This will possibly be a draft for another attempt to follow, (probably not). I will have to see how it goes.

EXPLANATORY PREFACE. Chapter 7 has a minor beginning at the existing 7-1, but which beginning should probably have been left until 7-7. From 7-1 to 7-6 he has entered his new subject of the examination of the law, which law they have now left behind them in their change of covenants.

7-5 explains the old state (covenant) they have left, and 7-6 reaffirms the new state  (covenant) they have entered.

PAUL EXPLAINS THE OLD COVENENT.

It now remains for Paul to explain just why this change was necessary, and so he begins his chain of mental thought processes which will enable us to see what is going on (or not). He works out that the law killed him. WAS THE LAW SIN? He explains that no it was not the law that was the problem, but sin.

Then he enters into the matter of where this sin came from, that it is in us. So then he examines the nature, his nature, our nature, that this law came to, which resulted in his and our death because of this indwelling sin.

Not having come down from heaven as the law had, but being simply one of humanity, one of Adam’s nature, then he had no defense for this nature when it was challenged by the nature of the law, and no defense as to it’s actions as it was provoked into sin by this law.

Recognising right from wrong, and being desirous of being ‘right’, righteous; But having this right and wrong magnified perfectly by the law, made his position even less tenable than before the law confirmed his sinful nature.

This leads to him being a “wretched man”. The answer to his problem is Jesus, as seen in Romans 8.

REWRITING CHAPTER 7.

7-4. Therefore, my brothers, you also were divorced from the law, made to die to it through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit (thoughts and actions) for God.

7-5. For while we were, as long as we were, in our Adamic humanity, while we were not yet in the Spirit, but living under the law, alive to the law, the sinful passions* aroused by the law were at work in the various parts of our body, resulting in fruit (thoughts and actions) for death.

7-6  BUT NOW we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the SPIRIT and not in oldness of the letter, the written law of God.

AND SO HE SUMS UP THE NEW COVENENT POSITION AS HAVING LEFT THE OLD COVENENT ADAMIC NATURE AND HAVING ENTERED INTO THE SPIRIT NATURE.

7-7. WHAT SHOULD WE SAY ABOUT THE LAW THEN?

What shall we say then, is the law sin? Well if not for the law, my inferior position, and that of the old covenant, would not have been fully exposed. For example, I would not even have known what coveting was if the law had not said “do not covet”.

7-8  But sin, provoked and enabled by the commandment, deceived me and created opportunities by which to create in me all manner of covetousness, for APART from law, sin is dead. [So sin is only alive in the presence of law, it has no life in the presence of Spirit.]

7-9  Law came to me when I was ignorantly alive apart from it, happily indulging my “flesh”, my natural human nature, but because the law of right and wrong came in fullness, I died. My conscience became loaded up with the knowledge of sin and its consequences, with guilt and trepidation.

7-10  And this commandment, which if followed through in all its details, would have enabled the path of  life to become visible to me, did the very opposite, it caused my death.

7-11.   Because sin, exploring every avenue available to it within my natural capacity for human thought, deceived me, deviated me from truth and detoured me from the right path into an outcome of death.

7-12.  SO THEN. (conclusion). The law is holy and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

7-13.  THEREFORE (because of the foregoing) did that which is good cause my death, even though without it, it would not have had the power to do so? NO! It was sin effecting my death through what was good, so that which is good might become  the means of exposing that which is bad.

PAUL NOW FINISHES THE FIRST PART OF HIS DEDUCTIVE REASONING AS TO THE NATURE OF LAW AND SIN, AND NOW TURNS THE ATTENTION UPON HIMSELF TO EXPOSE THE NATURE OF SIN IN HIM AND ALL MANKIND.

7-14.  So we know the law IS spiritual, but I am of Adam’s race which is of a self serving nature, and definitely NOT spiritual. This nature is tied to sin, glued to it, and lives in it, and is enslaved by it.

7-15.  For from experience, that which I have found myself to do from out of this Adamic nature, I have never understood, for I don’t do what I would like to do, what I try to do, but I do the very thing I hate.

7-16.  But if I do what I don’t wish to do, in contradiction of that good as in accordance with law that I would like to do, then I have to agree with the law and say that it is good.

7-17.  So this shows that it is not my will in charge of me, but sin’s will that is in charge of me, controlling me, and resulting in an outcome that is AGAINST my will. It is sin that indwells me that does it.

7-18.  For I know, I have experiential knowledge of, the fact that nothing good dwells in me, or to be more specific, in my flesh, my Adamic nature. Because the wishing to do good is in me but the doing of it is not. It is proven.

7-19.  Because the good that I WISH, that I initiate from MY will to do, doesn’t happen – the outcome is the evil that I do not wish or will to do.

7-20.  But if I do that which I do not wish to do, it’s no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. (Has its own life because of law).

7-21.  I CONCLUDE then that the PRINCIPLE [law or rule] of evil is in me, the one who wishes to do good.

7-22.  For I happily agree with the law of God in my innermost self, in my rational mind of good intentions.

7-23.  But I see a DIFFERENT law, a different principle in my bodily makeup, my thoughts deeds and actions, which opposes the ‘law’ of my mind and its good intentions, and instead, makes me, under law is constantly making me, a prisoner of the law of sin which resides in my bodily functions, my natural earthly makeup.

7-24.  Wretched person that I am! Who could possibly rescue me from this situation, from this body of death? [see 1 Cor. 15-56.  “For the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Christ”.]

7-25.  Thanks be to God that Jesus has removed us from this environment of law! So then, to conclude this matter of being under law, I find that I who of myself, (by myself) with my mind am always ready to [potentially] serve “a” lawfulness of God, am in agreeance with His goodness; but equally so, with my Adamic deficient human nature,  am always ready to  (potentially) serve the law of sin.

This “conclusion” is stating how that as natural human beings, although we agree with what is right, when put to the test we cannot do it. That if we are prodded by law, we will bite back with sin. Paul is saying that these are the two latent aspects (‘laws’) of our humanity which when shifted into the dynamics of an actual situation are always in conflict and always results in sin nature taking control over ‘our better self’.

AND THIS IS HOW IT IS UNDER LAW.  But then Romans 8 introduces to this situation, not law, but GRACE, and the whole thing changes from defeat to victory, because we are removed from law and placed under grace, now enjoying the emergent superiority of Spirit over the demise of the law. So “flesh” loses its power in accordance with “..the power of sin is THE LAW, BUT thanks be to God [who gives us the victory through Christ..”].   There is now NO condemnation for those in Jesus, because of what He has done. Rom 8-1,2.

From verse 14 onwards, it may very well be that Paul is not even specifically talking about being under ‘the’ law, but only about his natural nature, which he then compares with the [Mosaic] law to discover his lack of spiritual power to do anything good. The law then only both confirms and worsens his findings.

It is worth mentioning that those who take a different view of this chapter, who say it is about Paul “sinning”, should note that “without law sin is dead” and that sin in accordance with what they would say, is very much alive in potential power here, proving that the context is completely and only relevant to the situation of being “under law”, the old covenant and not the new covenant.

[Paul first explains that under law we are all dead, then explains the outworking of that death][the “works of the flesh”][Paul is not ‘sinning’, he is sitting in a chair writing.][*Gal.5-24. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”.][Phil.3-10. “..being conformed to his death…”]

The question has to be asked – does the description of the person in R7 more closely describe that of the one in R7-5 or R7-6?

 

 

THE REWRITING OF ROMANS 7 [1467a]

It seems the simplest way of projecting a true understanding of Romans 7 is to simply rewrite it in a way which is understandable. Few would deny that this chapter has its difficulties, although it depends a lot on your spiritual insight it would seem. Then there is the whole issue of scholarship and traditional understanding and intellectual abilities available. There are many famous theologians over the years who have proposed various viewpoints and ‘angles’ on this chapter.

This will possibly be a draft for another attempt to follow, (probably not). I will have to see how it goes.

EXPLANATORY PREFACE. Chapter 7 has a minor beginning at the existing 7-1, but which beginning should probably have been left until 7-7. From 7-1 to 7-6 he has entered his new subject of the examination of the law, which law they have now left behind them in their change of covenants.

7-5 explains the old state (covenant) they have left, and 7-6 reaffirms the new state  (covenant) they have entered.

PAUL EXPLAINS THE OLD COVENENT.

It now remains for Paul to explain just why this change was necessary, and so he begins his chain of mental thought processes which will enable us to see what is going on (or not). He works out that the law killed him. WAS THE LAW SIN? He explains that no it was not the law that was the problem, but sin.

Then he enters into the matter of where this sin came from, that it is in us. So then he examines the nature, his nature, our nature, that this law came to, which resulted in his and our death because of this indwelling sin.

Not having come down from heaven as the law had, but being simply one of humanity, one of Adam’s nature, then he had no defense for this nature when it was challenged by the nature of the law, and no defense as to it’s actions as it was provoked into sin by this law.

Recognising right from wrong, and being desirous of being ‘right’, righteous; But having this right and wrong magnified perfectly by the law, made his position even less tenable than before the law confirmed his sinful nature.

This leads to him being a “wretched man”. The answer to his problem is Jesus, as seen in Romans 8.

REWRITING CHAPTER 7.

7-4. Therefore, my brothers, you also were divorced from the law, made to die to it through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit (thoughts and actions) for God.

7-5. For while we were, as long as we were, in our Adamic humanity, while we were not yet in the Spirit, but living under the law, alive to the law, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in the various parts of our body, resulting in fruit (thoughts and actions) for death.

7-6  BUT NOW we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the SPIRIT and not in oldness of the letter, the written law of God.

AND SO HE SUMS UP THE NEW COVENENT POSITION AS HAVING LEFT THE OLD COVENENT ADAMIC NATURE AND HAVING ENTERED INTO THE SPIRIT NATURE.

7-7. WHAT SHOULD WE SAY ABOUT THE LAW THEN?

What shall we say then, is the law sin? Well if not for the law, my inferior position, and that of the old covenant, would not have been fully exposed. For example, I would not even have known what coveting was if the law had not said “do not covet”.

7-8  But sin, provoked and enabled by the commandment, deceived me and created opportunities by which to create in me all manner of covetousness, for APART from law, sin is dead. [So sin is only alive in the presence of law, it has no life in the presence of Spirit.]

7-9  Law came to me when I was ignorantly alive apart from it, happily indulging my “flesh”, my natural human nature, but because the law of right and wrong came in fullness, I died. My conscience became loaded up with the knowledge of sin and its consequences, with guilt and trepidation.

7-10  And this commandment, which if followed through in all its details, would have enabled the path of  life to become visible to me, did the very opposite, it caused my death.

7-11.   Because sin, exploring every avenue available to it within my natural capacity for human thought, deceived me, deviated me from truth and detoured me from the right path into an outcome of death.

7-12.  SO THEN. (conclusion). The law is holy and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

7-13.  THEREFORE (because of the foregoing) did that which is good cause my death, even though without it, it would not have had the power to do so? NO! It was sin effecting my death through what was good, so that which is good might become  the means of exposing that which is bad.

PAUL NOW FINISHES THE FIRST PART OF HIS DEDUCTIVE REASONING AS TO THE NATURE OF LAW AND SIN, AND NOW TURNS THE ATTENTION UPON HIMSELF TO EXPOSE THE NATURE OF SIN IN HIM AND ALL MANKIND.

7-14.  So we know the law IS spiritual, but I am of Adam’s race which is of a self serving nature, and definitely NOT spiritual. This nature is tied to sin, glued to it, and lives in it, and is enslaved by it.

7-15.  For from experience, that which I have found myself to do from out of this Adamic nature, I have never understood, for I don’t do what I would like to do, what I try to do, but I do the very thing I hate.

7-16.  But if I do what I don’t wish to do, in contradiction of that good as in accordance with law that I would like to do, then I have to agree with the law and say that it is good.

7-17.  So this shows that it is not my will in charge of me, but sin’s will that is in charge of me, controlling me, and resulting in an outcome that is AGAINST my will. It is sin that indwells me that does it.

7-18.  For I know, I have experiential knowledge of, the fact that nothing good dwells in me, or to be more specific, in my flesh, my Adamic nature. Because the wishing to do good is in me but the doing of it is not. It is proven.

7-19.  Because the good that I WISH, that I initiate from MY will to do, doesn’t happen – the outcome is the evil that I do not wish or will to do.

7-20.  But if I do that which I do not wish to do, it’s no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. (Has its own life because of law).

7-21.  I CONCLUDE then that the PRINCIPLE [law or rule] of evil is in me, the one who wishes to do good.

7-22.  For I happily agree with the law of God in my innermost self, in my rational mind of good intentions.

7-23.  But I see a DIFFERENT law, a different principle in my bodily makeup, my thoughts deeds and actions, which opposes the ‘law’ of my mind and its good intentions, and instead, makes me, under law is constantly making me, a prisoner of the law of sin which resides in my bodily functions, my natural earthly makeup.

7-24.  Wretched person that I am! Who could possibly rescue me from this situation, from this body of death? [see 1 Cor. 15-56.  “For the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Christ”.]

7-25.  Thanks be to God that Jesus has removed us from this environment of law! So then, to conclude this matter of being under law, I find that I who of myself, (by myself) with my mind am always ready to [potentially] serve “a” lawfulness of God, am in agreeance with His goodness; but equally so, with my Adamic deficient human nature,  am always ready to  (potentially) serve the law of sin.

This “conclusion” is stating how that as natural human beings, although we agree with what is right, when put to the test we cannot do it. That if we are prodded by law, we will bite back with sin. Paul is saying that these are the two latent aspects (‘laws’) of our humanity which when shifted into the dynamics of an actual situation are always in conflict and always results in sin nature taking control over ‘our better self’.

AND THIS IS HOW IT IS UNDER LAW.  But then Romans 8 introduces to this situation, not law, but GRACE, and the whole thing changes from defeat to victory, because we are removed from law and placed under grace, now enjoying the emergent superiority of Spirit over the demise of the law. So “flesh” loses its power in accordance with “..the power of sin is THE LAW, BUT thanks be to God [who gives us the victory through Christ..”].   There is now NO condemnation for those in Jesus, because of what He has done. Rom 8-1,2.

From verse 14 onwards, it may very well be that Paul is not even specifically talking about being under ‘the’ law, but only about his natural nature, which he then compares with the [Mosaic] law to discover his lack of spiritual power to do anything good. The law then only both confirms and worsens his findings.

It is worth mentioning that those who take a different view of this chapter, who say it is about Paul “sinning”, should note that “without law sin is dead” and that sin in accordance with what they would say, is very much alive in potential power here, proving that the context is completely and only relevant to the situation of being “under law”, the old covenant and not the new covenant.

[Paul first explains that under law we are all dead, then explains the outworking of that death][the “works of the flesh”][Paul is not “sinning”, he is sitting in a chair, writing.]

 

 

THE REWRITING OF ROMANS 7 [1467]

It seems the simplest way of projecting a true understanding of Romans 7 is to simply rewrite it in a way which is understandable. Few would deny that this chapter has its difficulties, although it depends a lot on your spiritual insight it would seem. Then there is the whole issue of scholarship and traditional understanding and intellectual abilities available. There are many famous theologians over the years who have proposed various viewpoints and ‘angles’ on this chapter.

This will possibly be a draft for another attempt to follow, (probably not). I will have to see how it goes.

EXPLANATORY PREFACE. Chapter 7 has a minor beginning at the existing 7-1, but which beginning should probably have been left until 7-7. From 7-1 to 7-6 he has entered his new subject of the examination of the law, which law they have now left behind them in their change of covenants.

7-5 explains the old state (covenant) they have left, and 7-6 reaffirms the new state  (covenant) they have entered.

PAUL EXPLAINS THE OLD COVENENT.

It now remains for Paul to explain just why this change was necessary, and so he begins his chain of mental thought processes which will enable us to see what is going on (or not). He works out that the law killed him. WAS THE LAW SIN? He explains that no it was not the law that was the problem, but sin.

Then he enters into the matter of where this sin came from, that it is in us. So then he examines the nature, his nature, our nature, that this law came to, which resulted in his and our death because of this indwelling sin.

Not having come down from heaven as the law had, but being simply one of humanity, one of Adam’s nature, then he had no defense for this nature when it was challenged by the nature of the law, and no defense as to it’s actions as it was provoked into sin by this law.

Recognising right from wrong, and being desirous of being ‘right’, righteous; But having this right and wrong magnified perfectly by the law, made his position even less tenable than before the law confirmed his sinful nature.

This leads to him being a “wretched man”. The answer to his problem is Jesus, as seen in Romans 8.

REWRITING CHAPTER 7.

7-4. Therefore, my brothers, you also were divorced from the law, made to die to it through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit (thoughts and actions) for God.

7-5. For while we were, as long as we were, in our Adamic humanity, while we were not yet in the Spirit, but living under the law, alive to the law, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in the various parts of our body, resulting in fruit (thoughts and actions) for death.

7-6  BUT NOW we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the SPIRIT and not in oldness of the letter, the written law of God.

AND SO HE SUMS UP THE NEW COVENENT POSITION AS HAVING LEFT THE OLD COVENENT ADAMIC NATURE AND HAVING ENTERED INTO THE SPIRIT NATURE.

7-7. WHAT SHOULD WE SAY ABOUT THE LAW THEN?

What shall we say then, is the law sin? Well if not for the law, my inferior position, and that of the old covenant, would not have been fully exposed. For example, I would not even have known what coveting was if the law had not said “do not covet”.

7-8  But sin, provoked and enabled by the commandment, deceived me and created opportunities by which to create in me all manner of covetousness, for APART from law, sin is dead. [So sin is only alive in the presence of law, it has no life in the presence of Spirit.]

7-9  Law came to me when I was ignorantly alive apart from it, happily indulging my “flesh”, my natural human nature, but because the law of right and wrong came in fullness, I died. My conscience became loaded up with the knowledge of sin and its consequences, with guilt and trepidation.

7-10  And this commandment, which if followed through in all its details, would have enabled the path of  life to become visible to me, did the very opposite, it caused my death.

7-11.   Because sin, exploring every avenue available to it within my natural capacity for human thought, deceived me, deviated me from truth and detoured me from the right path into an outcome of death.

7-12.  SO THEN. (conclusion). The law is holy and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

7-13.  THEREFORE (because of the foregoing) did that which is good cause my death, even though without it, it would not have had the power to do so? NO! It was sin effecting my death through what was good, so that which is good might become  the means of exposing that which is bad.

PAUL NOW FINISHES THE FIRST PART OF HIS DEDUCTIVE REASONING AS TO THE NATURE OF LAW AND SIN, AND NOW TURNS THE ATTENTION UPON HIMSELF TO EXPOSE THE NATURE OF SIN IN HIM AND ALL MANKIND.

7-14.  So we know the law IS spiritual, but I am of Adam’s race which is of a self serving nature, and definitely NOT spiritual. This nature is tied to sin, glued to it, and lives in it, and is enslaved by it.

7-15.  For from experience, that which I have found myself to do from out of this Adamic nature, I have never understood, for I don’t do what I would like to do, what I try to do, but I do the very thing I hate.

7-16.  But if I do what I don’t wish to do, in contradiction of that good as in accordance with law that I would like to do, then I have to agree with the law and say that it is good.

7-17.  So this shows that it is not my will in charge of me, but sin’s will that is in charge of me, controlling me, and resulting in an outcome that is AGAINST my will. It is sin that indwells me that does it.

7-18.  For I know, I have experiential knowledge of, the fact that nothing good dwells in me, or to be more specific, in my flesh, my Adamic nature. Because the wishing to do good is in me but the doing of it is not. It is proven.

7-19.  Because the good that I WISH, that I initiate from MY will to do, doesn’t happen – the outcome is the evil that I do not wish or will to do.

7-20.  But if I do that which I do not wish to do, it’s no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. (Has its own life because of law).

7-21.  I CONCLUDE then that the PRINCIPLE [law or rule] of evil is in me, the one who wishes to do good.

7-22.  For I happily agree with the law of God in my innermost self, in my rational mind of good intentions.

7-23.  But I see a DIFFERENT law, a different principle in my bodily makeup, my thoughts deeds and actions, which opposes the ‘law’ of my mind and its good intentions, and instead, makes me, under law is constantly making me, a prisoner of the law of sin which resides in my bodily functions, my natural earthly makeup.

7-24.  Wretched person that I am! Who could possibly rescue me from this situation, from this body of death? [see 1 Cor. 15-56.  “For the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Christ”.]

7-25.  Thanks be to God that Jesus has removed us from this environment of law! So then, to conclude this matter of being under law, I find that I who of myself, (by myself) with my mind am always ready to [potentially] serve “a” lawfulness of God, am in agreeance with His goodness; but equally so, with my Adamic deficient human nature,  am always ready to  (potentially) serve the law of sin.

This “conclusion” is stating how that as natural human beings, although we agree with what is right, when put to the test we cannot do it. That if we are prodded by law, we will bite back with sin. Paul is saying that these are the two latent aspects (‘laws’) of our humanity which when shifted into the dynamics of an actual situation are always in conflict and always results in sin nature taking control over ‘our better self’.

AND THIS IS HOW IT IS UNDER LAW.  But then Romans 8 introduces to this situation, not law, but GRACE, and the whole thing changes from defeat to victory, because we are removed from law and placed under grace, now enjoying the emergent superiority of Spirit over the demise of the law. So “flesh” loses its power in accordance with “..the power of sin is THE LAW, BUT thanks be to God [who gives us the victory through Christ..”].   There is now NO condemnation for those in Jesus, because of what He has done. Rom 8-1,2.

From verse 14 onwards, it may very well be that Paul is not even specifically talking about being under ‘the’ law, but only about his natural nature, which he then compares with the [Mosaic] law to discover his lack of spiritual power to do anything good. The law then only both confirms and worsens his findings.

It is worth mentioning that those who take a different view of this chapter, who say it is about Paul “sinning”, should note that “without law sin is dead” and that sin in accordance with what they would say, is very much alive in potential power here, proving that the context is completely and only relevant to the situation of being “under law”, the old covenant and not the new covenant.

[Paul first explains that under law we are all dead, then explains the outworking of that death][the “works of the flesh”][Paul is not “sinning”, he is sitting in a chair, writing.]

 

 

WHY ARE YOU STILL LIVING ACCORDING TO THE WORLD? [1465a]

Colossians 2-20. “…why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to…”. The NIV says “…why, as though you still belonged to it.” (the world).

NASB “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!…”

We are not to be as those who are living in THIS world, we belong to another, to another world and to another ‘someone’ who is Christ who is at the head of this other world, seated in heaven.

Our leadership is of Him, not of ourselves. We are to be led by His Spirit and not the spirit of the world. We were bought with a price. We owe no debt to the ‘flesh’, but to Him who died for us and rose again. We live for HIM.

Our “religion” is not of this world, but is of HIM, of His very substance which is his Spirit, intangible to others, but recognisable by us as the inner voice of righteousness, the cleansed conscience and the Spirit of truth and integrity. We no longer belong to the world, so we should not use it as our frame of reference, nor be dictated to by it or by those who live in it, of it, and to it.

[“Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died…” COL.3.][As those returned from death to life]