GOD SUBJECTED THE WORLD TO FUTILITY [1646a]

One would have thought that it was an enemy that subjected the creation to futility, but NO, it was GOD. This futile existence that we all have [previously] led is the product of God’s creation, being as how it was created in full knowledge of its inevitable deviation off into evil. The passage is Romans 8:20. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

So the reality of Romans 7 was that Paul was being subjected to, was a subject of, the futility of being in slavery to corruption which then caused him to cry out “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this [corrupted] body of death? Paul was seeking the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

GOD SUBJECTED THE WORLD TO FUTILITY [1646]

One would have thought that it was an enemy that subjected the creation to futility, but NO, it was GOD. This futile existence that we all have [previously] led is the product of God’s creation, being as how it was created in full knowledge of its inevitable deviation off into evil. The passage is Romans 8:20. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

So the reality of Romans 7 was that Paul was being subjected to, was a subject of, the futility of being in slavery to corruption which then caused him to cry out “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this [corrupted] body of death? Paul was seeking the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE SETS YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH [1572a]

HAS set you free

Natural man operates under and to, the law of sin and death. Even disregarding the Jewish law, the “old covenant’ which was with them, which was full of do’s and don’ts and rules and regulations and endless symbolisms and pageantry; man dies because he lives by rules and laws which govern the nature that he is, his physiology of flesh and blood which is full of corruption which ultimately disintegrates the pattern of life which was established within him.

But perhaps this is always what was going to be intended, because flesh and blood is a poor means of projecting forward to a future life of eternity, perhaps the real intention is to provide something far in excess of that which we currently perceive. “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” [For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;..].

Physical laws can be corrupted, but spiritual ones, as far as the basic creation goes, cannot. Therefore to do what God has done so that by faith we accept a reality far greater than that which is current, means we are accepting into ourselves the divine plan, the divine nature; we accept into ourselves the structure of the spiritual, following spiritual laws, not ‘physical’ ones.

And these spiritual laws also affect our “mortal body”, they can give life to it after the pattern of the original purpose of creation, so that healing and change to the physiological processes can and do take place*. This also applies to ‘what we are by nature’, the way we were born into the nature of flesh and blood, now gives way to the divine nature, which brings about changes that although they may not be seen necessarily, (other than as the fruit of the Spirit) they are inside us and also registered in the eternal purpose.

The position we hold by faith produces realities which have both physical and spiritual affects. We become new creatures, and this includes the ‘nature of our flesh’, meaning that those inner self serving natural processes are also altered because the person is now consumed by the nature of Christ. The result of which is to be manifest later, as being the reward of your efforts. You reap what you have sown, you have become a product of that which you have believed or not believed, and this will manifest on the “last day”, the “day of the Lord” when all will be revealed.

So there are two ways of “living”. By natural law as set forth in (historical) written documents, or by Spiritual laws, by the law of the Spirit. By laws which address “the flesh” or laws which address the spirit but which are not a series of laws, but are in the form of one singular flowing essence of life, which is the reality of love. Which is the Spirit of God in the form now of the risen Jesus.

It requires then and is necessary, that the person’s consciousness transitions from the physical, from the “flesh”, to the Spiritual. This transition is called “crossing over from death to life”, and, “being born again”. In the case of Romans 7 it has to be decided whether the example there is an operation of physical law or of the “law of” the Spirit. The one is called being “in the flesh” and brings death, the other is called being “in the Spirit” and brings life. It is important that we are able to recognise the one from the other, that we can recognise the difference between the processes of life and death. That we properly recognise the ‘elements’ involved in that “crossing over”. That we not call a sinner a Christian, or a Christian a sinner. That we can see the reasoning, the explanation, behind why one may be called a citizen of heaven and another a citizen of hell.

[*As they did in Jesus body][If a doctor cannot tell the difference between the disease and the cure, then what use is he?]

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE SETS YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH [1572]

HAS set you free

Natural man operates under and to, the law of sin and death. Even disregarding the Jewish law, the “old covenant’ which was with them, which was full of do’s and don’ts and rules and regulations and endless symbolisms and pageantry; man dies because he lives by rules and laws which govern the nature that he is, his physiology of flesh and blood which is full of corruption which ultimately disintegrates the pattern of life which was established within him.

But perhaps this is always what was going to be intended, because flesh and blood is a poor means of projecting forward to a future life of eternity, perhaps the real intention is to provide something far in excess of that which we currently perceive. “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” [For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;..].

Physical laws can be corrupted, but spiritual ones, as far as the basic creation goes, cannot. Therefore to do what God has done so that by faith we accept a reality far greater than that which is current, means we are accepting into ourselves the divine plan, the divine nature; we accept into ourselves the structure of the spiritual, following spiritual laws, not ‘physical’ ones.

And these spiritual laws also affect our “mortal body”, they can give life to it after the pattern of the original purpose of creation, so that healing and change to the physiological processes can and do take place*. This also applies to ‘what we are by nature’, the way we were born into the nature of flesh and blood, now gives way to the divine nature, which brings about changes that although they may not be seen necessarily, (other than as the fruit of the Spirit) they are inside us and also registered in the eternal purpose.

The position we hold by faith produces realities which have both physical and spiritual affects. We become new creatures, and this includes the ‘nature of our flesh’, meaning that those inner self serving natural processes are also altered because the person is now consumed by the nature of Christ. The result of which is to be manifest later, as being the reward of your efforts. You reap what you have sown, you have become a product of that which you have believed or not believed, and this will manifest on the “last day”, the “day of the Lord” when all will be revealed.

So there are two ways of “living”. By natural law as set forth in (historical) written documents, or by Spiritual laws, by the law of the Spirit. By laws which address “the flesh” or laws which address the spirit but which are not a series of laws, but are in the form of one singular flowing essence of life, which is the reality of love. Which is the Spirit of God in the form now of the risen Jesus.

It requires then and is necessary, that the person’s consciousness transitions from the physical, from the “flesh”, to the Spiritual. This transition is called “crossing over from death to life”, and, “being born again”. In the case of Romans 7 it has to be decided whether the example there is an operation of physical law or of the “law of” the Spirit. The one is called being “in the flesh” and brings death, the other is called being “in the Spirit” and brings life. It is important that we are able to recognise the one from the other, that we can recognise the difference between the processes of life and death. That we properly recognise the ‘elements’ involved in that “crossing over”. That we not call a sinner a Christian, or a Christian a sinner. That we can see the reasoning, the explanation, behind why one may be called a citizen of heaven and another a citizen of hell.

[*As they did in Jesus body][If a doctor cannot tell the difference between the disease and the cure, then what use is he?]

IN CAPTIVITY TO FREEDOM [1483]

Strange anomaly but if you have been freed from some form of captivity whatever it may be, then you owe a debt to whatever or whoever it was that freed you. If that debt was your very life, then that debt is surely so large as to place you in obligation to that thing or that one who freed you from that death.

To be sufficiently grateful would seemingly require you to honour the situation by placing yourself at the disposal of the one who brought about your freedom, even to the degree that you are considered to be in captivity to that state of freedom and therefore to the one who enabled it in the first place.

Once you were a slave to sin, but now you must consider yourself to be a slave to the cause of the one who created that freedom on your behalf, indeed to the one Himself, Jesus. Knowing both the captivity AND the freedom from it, gives you an obvious choice to make in this regard. Hmm…. Captivity to death or captivity to life?

[Living in freedom requires ‘death to self’ to enable that same freedom to exist and to be seen by, and provided to, others][We must also be drawn into His motivation and the very essence of His being, which is love][Released from laws of sin and death][Bought out of slavery by the Spirit of life, Jesus].

THOSE WHO ALIGN WITH POPULAR OPINION BECOME ITS SLAVES [1310]

People do not seem to realise the extraordinary and logical rationale of ultimate truth as opposed to comparative truth. Those whose lives are dominated by the wisdom of this world as demonstrated in social media content such as facebook and other forms of modern-day sheep herding, blindly follow the opinions of those whose business and livelihood are dependent on their ability to shape public opinion by manipulating truth so that it serves the purpose of the financial bottom line, rather than allowing truth to be helpful in relieving the suffering of others less fortunate.

Media such as newspapers, radio and TV, all are hellbent on bringing people closer to the hell which they deny exists, never seeking to understand just what truth is, and never desiring to become familiar with its utter singularity of purpose and function, but rather desiring to hide it from everyone and to ridicule those who pursue it. When they do this, they align themselves with falsehood and deceptive manipulation, which will eventually bring down the earthly kingdoms they have established, and the social circles they have brought into play and established as a part of their own little empires.

Increasingly louder are the voices pushing for social corruption and the breakdown of morals across the board. Anarchy is gaining a foothold where once was moral sanity, but which is now swept away in the frenzied rush to add their voices to the cry for the anarchy of unbridled sexual freedom and to give it a new form of respectability, the same kind that Sodom and Gomorrah were noted for, and the result will be the same.

What is the more difficult to understand is how so-called intelligent people can sacrifice their own children to this widening chasm of social disaster, but when their very livelihoods rely on them professionally manipulating media opinion to suit their ends of allowing the lie in its many and varied forms to corrupt and deny the very core of all truth itself, then the deception becomes perhaps, too overwhelming for them to oppose or to name it for what it is, devilish.

When people deny the existence of a living and divine God and do everything in their power to destroy the purpose of His ultimate creation, they reveal themselves to be lost in a sense of their own importance as they strive to exalt themselves above the supernatural in a futile attempt to avoid any ultimate day of reckoning. If they had any intelligence at all they would recognise the wisdom of that old adage, you shall reap what you have sown.

THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH MAN IS HELD IN A LIFE OF IMPRISONMENT [1216a]

Through FEAR. Fear has a lot to answer for, and although it can be a healthy thing in terms of preventing the body from dying through foolhardiness, and also it says that “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”; it is fear because of uncertainty about life and death, that holds us paralysed and in a vicelike grip.

Written is “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. We need the message of truth to be brought to us so we can recover from the awful state of mediocrity and the futility of a life “lived” without ultimate purpose, without reason, and without hope.

THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH MAN IS HELD IN A LIFE OF IMPRISONMENT [1216]

Through FEAR. Fear has a lot to answer for, and although it can be a healthy thing in terms of preventing the body from dying through foolhardiness, and also it says that “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”; it is fear because of uncertainty about life and death, that holds us paralysed and in a vicelike grip.

Written is “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. We need the message of truth to be brought to us so we can recover from the awful state of mediocrity and the futility of a life “lived” without ultimate purpose, without reason, and without hope.

MAN IS A SLAVE, THERE IS NO FREE WILL. [744a]

Although we say that man was made with the ability to choose right from wrong, and this is where it all went wrong because Eve decided to make the choice to entertain the thought that cropped up in her mind, that God was perhaps being devious with his prohibition on the tree; she actually had little choice because she had been “set up” for the fall due to her inherent inquisitive nature.

Scripture does not really say that we have a choice, it rather plainly says (Jesus said) that “The one who sins is a slave to sin”. And as it also says, that all have sinned (and most if not all continue to sin) then there is no choice, because we are all slaves, and a slave has to do the will of his master, and indeed does do the will of that which has “mastered” him.

So being slaves, without our own will, or at least without a will we can put into effect*; means that we DO NOT have a ‘FREE’ will. That we are captivated by the principle of an unwilling propensity to sin, and therefore we continue on our merry way in sin death until we die. UNLESS something or someone authoritatively breaks the chain of command.

And if and when that change in command comes, we become captivated to the new authority of the law of love (not the love of law) and again we become a captive slave or servant to the will of another.

Of course we could become captive to many things, including law or religion, (or religious law) all of which though, simply hold you within the arena of sin death. This means that the reality lies with either the one master or the other, life or death, as represented by God/Jesus/Spirit OR BY Sin in its various forms.

And all sin comes down to that which had its origin, being and power in LAW. Not that we want to be without law, which is lawlessness, but to be under the law of love and righteousness which is from and by his Spirit, his very essence of being.

Just as sinners are under the compulsion to sin, so Christ’s brothers are under compulsion to NOT sin, because they have been captivated by his LOVE. “We loved because he first loved us”.

So the “law” of freedom is one which is obtained by attachment to Him who IS THAT FREEDOM, the perfect law of liberty. To be captive to sin is to be enslaved to death, to be enslaved to God who is love is to be truly free. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did”. Rom.8-2. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HAS SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

Only when you accept that you are freed from sin and death can you truly be free to say you have freedom of will, and a choice.

The only time apart from the above, when you DO get a choice, is when the SPIRIT clearly presents the cross to you, [or when the cross clearly presents the Spirit to you] and you then have the choice to accept Him or reject Him.

*[Paul in Romans chapter 7 (Verse 19)][unless the person has been enlightened, they may not have the knowledge to realise that they are in captivity]

MAN IS A SLAVE, THERE IS NO FREE WILL. [744]

Although we say that man was made with the ability to choose right from wrong, and this is where it all went wrong because Eve decided to make the choice to entertain the thought that cropped up in her mind, that God was perhaps being devious with his prohibition on the tree; she actually had little choice because she had been “set up” for the fall due to her inherent inquisitive nature.

Scripture does not really say that we have a choice, it rather plainly says (Jesus said) that “The one who sins is a slave to sin”. And as it also says, that all have sinned (and most if not all continue to sin) then there is no choice, because we are all slaves, and a slave has to do the will of his master, and indeed does do the will of that which has “mastered” him.

So being slaves, without our own will, or at least without a will we can put into effect*; means that we DO NOT have a ‘FREE’ will. That we are captivated by the principle of an unwilling propensity to sin, and therefore we continue on our merry way in sin death until we die. UNLESS something or someone authoritatively breaks the chain of command.

And if and when that change in command comes, we become captivated to the new authority of the law of love (not the love of law) and again we become a captive slave or servant to the will of another.

Of course we could become captive to many things, including law or religion, (or religious law) all of which though, simply hold you within the arena of sin death. This means that the reality lies with either the one master or the other, life or death, as represented by God/Jesus/Spirit OR BY Sin in its various forms.

And all sin comes down to that which had its origin, being and power in LAW. Not that we want to be without law, which is lawlessness, but to be under the law of love and righteousness which is from and by his Spirit, his very essence of being.

Just as sinners are under the compulsion to sin, so Christ’s brothers are under compulsion to NOT sin, because they have been captivated by his LOVE. “We loved because he first loved us”.

So the “law” of freedom is one which is obtained by attachment to Him who IS THAT FREEDOM, the perfect law of liberty. To be captive to sin is to be enslaved to death, to be enslaved to God who is love is to be truly free. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did”. Rom.8-2. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HAS SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

Only when you accept that you are freed from sin and death can you truly be free to say you have freedom of will, and a choice.

The only time apart from the above, when you DO get a choice, is when the SPIRIT clearly presents the cross to you, [or when the cross clearly presents the Spirit to you] and you then have the choice to accept Him or reject Him.

*[Paul in Romans chapter 7 (Verse 19)][unless the person has been enlightened, they may not have the knowledge to realise that they are in captivity]