PAULS CONFLICT [13b]

Knowledge of good and evil  =  wretched man               [romans7]

What has happened to this man Paul, that he discovers his own will is worthless and inoperable? Why is it that the performing of good is impossible for him to do?

What is inside him that is sabotaging his ability to provide a good outcome?

I wish someone else would explain it because I am likely to be stumbling around a bit with this. (so what’s new you say?).[2005]

Is it that because the more he knows, the more he realises that the good his will proposes to do, is the very opposite of that mental pathway that is set up because he knows he is inherently “not good”?

That he is himself, by his own judgement, guilty of producing sin, and so therefore is condemned to a poor outcome, because the input thought to his mental process is already in conflict with the proposed outcome?

It is as if, being self-condemned, he must not allow a clear passage of this thought streaming to go unchallenged, and in fact, brings it to a premature death, just as he believes he himself deserves. It is certainly a psychological process, which may well be understood in medical terms already.

In other words, the knowledge of good, having made him aware of the knowledge of bad, has brought judgement down on his integrity, thus destroying his inherent integral thought processes, in order to maintain the truth of the judgement he perceives that has been brought down on him, by himself, and God..

Adam only knew the good, until he brought in the opposite which was bad. And it was by the knowledge of the “new player” that he became conscious of the bad, because it was in contrast to his previous good..

Is it (and it has to be) related to “the fall” of Adam, where he was “in the clear” so to speak, “until the commandment came”, following which he was conflicted, guilty, and disenfranchised from his former position, removed from the place of truth and therefore true rationality, and so became irrational.

And from within this irrationality, he was unable to return to a rational place. (his lost innocence was irretrievable). And, in this state, he was unfit to retain the status of “eternal life”, and having lost it, could not “of himself” regain it. (The strength of this irrationality may be seen in the subsequent behaviour of his son Cain).

It is as if it were some spiritual law* that cannot be circumvented, is unavoidable, because it is TRUTH. Now, we might say, there are two truths. The one is the real truth, the truth of life, while the other is the imposter, the “truth” of the LIE.

When the truth comes into contact with the lie, that clash causes CONFLICT.

Paul, who is a seeker of truth, of righteousness, even though it is a “poor man’s righteousness”, being that of the law, (which nonetheless came with “glory”, being of God, and being “spiritual”), has his conscience engaged regarding truth and justice, and it is this which comes into conflict with the inherent LIE which has become an entity “in his flesh”, to the extent of being said to “be his flesh”. [italics not meant as scriptural quotes but for literary explanatory purposes].

It is this overwhelming conflict, which is driven by guilt and judgement and its inherent fear of death, which “disengages his moral drive” and leaves him floundering in no man’s land. And no man’s land provides the opportunity for the inhabitation of evil.

So there can be no good outcome, since the production of good comes from “….a sound mind….” [Timothy?]

And since there is no good outcome, there can only be a bad one. Given that there is something still left of his will that has not been completely frozen into submission, though unable to produce good, still has enough “inertia” to promote strife and trouble once it enters the conflict zone. * And this “law” that is in operation may be “the law of sin and death”.

So Paul, “of himself” is a dead man. WRETCHED. It is only when he is no longer “of himself”, being “of Christ”, that  power returns to his moral drive. He is released from judgement and condemnation, and his conscience is free to proceed with moral judgement that is in line with the gift he now has internally, the Spirit of God.   [Paul’s conflict here is mind law flesh, whereas Galatians is Spirit flesh]

This position of Paul results in the typical defensive position of people forced to hide behind their sin, because of their sin.[later edit. Paul is under wrath][2020 edit – “Law brings wrath”]

WHEN HIS WILL BECOMES OUR WILL [1405a]

Sin nature cannot operate apart from our will being involved in some way. So if we withdraw our will from it, if we place that will IN HIM and not IN OURSELVES, we WILL overcome.

[we place our will IN Him]

Under the OLD covenant of law, it was Rom.7-19 For the good that I wish, I do not do; [I CANNOT DO] but I practise the very EVIL that I do not wish. [He has no effective will power, being enslaved to sin] 6-22 But now having been FREED from SIN and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 8-4 We no longer walk according to the flesh, but we walk according to the Spirit.

8-13 For if you are living according to the flesh (in the state of law) you must die; but IF BY THE SPIRIT YOU ARE PUTTING TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, you will live.

2 Tim.2-26 “..and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”

[Once my mind and will were captive to the law of sin that is my humanity, but now my will is released from compulsion and obligation to that humanity and is free to serve, to be led by, the Spirit of God][“One died for all, therefore all died”]

WHEN HIS WILL BECOMES OUR WILL [1405]

Sin nature cannot operate apart from our will being involved in some way. So if we withdraw our will from it, if we place that will IN HIM and not IN OURSELVES, we WILL overcome.

[we place our will IN Him]

Under the OLD covenant of law, it was Rom.7-19 For the good that I wish, I do not do; [I CANNOT DO] but I practise the very EVIL that I do not wish. [He has no effective will power, being enslaved to sin] 6-22 But now having been FREED from SIN and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 8-4 We no longer walk according to the flesh, but we walk according to the Spirit.

8-13 For if you are living according to the flesh (in the state of law) you must die; but IF BY THE SPIRIT YOU ARE PUTTING TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, you will live.

2 Tim.2-26 “..and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”

[Once my mind and will were captive to the law of sin that is my humanity, but now my will is released from compulsion and obligation to that humanity and is free to serve, to be led by, the Spirit of God][“One died for all, therefore all died”]

THE MIND OF THE FLESH [1174a]

It should be easy to see how our minds, having always only been familiar with the interaction with this body of flesh, should have been totally self absorbed in the task of self protection and self promotion, to the exclusion of the welfare of others.

This is called “selfishness” and is perfectly natural within this natural world. Allied to this may be our interaction within our own particular families, where a more communal spirit is entertained, and the principle of caring for your relatives, children etc. makes sense.

Such caring for others though, also seen in the animal world, may be an extension of self serving, because it follows that to care for those close to you will have benefits for you yourself. The love and concern we show for their welfare, them being of our flesh and blood, is a way of perpetuating our own ‘essence of being’ and especially where our “seed” is to be perpetuated as the next generation of life.

Loving Jesus may be the same thing expressed at an ultimate level, that to be subservient to the greater power amounts to the supreme pinnacle of security, and there is nothing wrong with that. To recognise selflessness and love as being the way we should live is correct, the fact that this resides within the nature of the God we serve, and that we do this by choice without coercion other than by spiritual choice, means we are acting rightly.

So Christians are told to be “renewed in their mind”. The mind we have always had has been concerned only with self. It has existed as an organism of animalistic origin, albeit designed by God to carry the characteristics of Himself once it has been reorientated by spiritual direction. [It also says their minds are being renewed]

This mind has been operating in the sinful environment for so long, that it knew no other way, apart from the hint of spiritual truth which assailed it from various directions but not in a cohesive enough way to realign its operation away from being a servant of sin, of “flesh”.

Once the person has been brought out from under this domination of a “fleshly” mind, the very forces which released them are also the forces which will realign their mind to the pattern from which those forces originated, the Spirit of Christ. The change of mind will include the nature of its responses to “fleshly” desires of the body, which may include such aspects as a desire for foods, pandering to unnecessary levels of comfort in various ways, and some things which may have become dominant within these “weaknesses” to the extent that they have become “lusts” or even “spirits”.

The Western world has seen, among other things, an explosion of obesity which appears to be the result of the frustrated way of life we are living, resulting in an unhealthy interest in food. (Flesh increases its size  🙂 )

So being driven by a new spiritual force with a whole new motivation and reason to exist, will also see a renewal of the mind after the pattern of its creator. The new Spirit will rearrange the thinking patterns so they no longer operate as servants of the ‘flesh’, because they “have” to be suitable to be in the service of God, to be operational according to HIS will, not OURS. His will has to be our NEW will, and our mind has to be geared for this purpose.

This, to all intense and purpose, means “death to the flesh” as the Spirit requires. The person of Jesus as abiding in us, is new Spirit and new ‘body’, and that being the case, the role of the “old” mind is defunct and rendered obsolete, and the ‘new’ mind now directs the body instead of the other way around. Our will is now in  charge whereas beforehand it was the flesh that was in charge. (See Romans 7).

Our life is now one in relationship to Christ both in terms of Spirit AND body. Our bodies, our flesh, are now to be conformed to HIS image rather than our own “natural” image.

The cleansing of the heart (conscience) by faith means that not only the Spirit and the mind are changed, but that the body itself is affected so that our flesh also comes in for cleansing in accordance with that which Jesus achieved on the cross. That which is known as “flesh” which gives rise to inner temptation and deviation from God’s will, has been deposed and disempowered by the death Jesus went through on our behalf.

Flesh has been ‘disfranchised’ and “thrown down” from its position of authority and  power, as previously held when under the realm of LAW. Love grace and mercy have destroyed everything that opposes God, and faith appropriates this new condition. Even if “the flesh” rears its ugly head from time to time, we gain great power from knowing that it has been deposed, that it has been utterly dealt with because it was the dead body of Christ that dealt with it. His body died. Our bodies are counted as also having died with Him, “You died..” A dead person has no power, whether in spirit or in flesh. We can give flesh power, but by doing so we are reinstating it as having some power over us, when The Spirit of Jesus declares it has in fact been rendered as dead.

There is a verse which refers to our whole person, our bodies and spirit being blameless. There is also a verse which says our bodies were washed in pure water or similar, indicating that the cleansing involves all aspects of our being, if we place our trust in Him. The “Boogy Man” of the flesh is not as strong as many think. In fact, it may be the very whole thing about just who our enemy is, and the very whole thing about what Christ has destroyed, so that by faith we may appropriate His total victory over flesh sin and death. We do in fact, appropriate AS A GIFT, Jesus Himself.

[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 in Christ”.] [The renewing of our minds occurs as a natural consequence of becoming a believer][Life will also be given to our mortal bodies by His Spirit which dwells in us]

THE MIND OF THE FLESH [1174]

It should be easy to see how our minds, having always only been familiar with the interaction with this body of flesh, should have been totally self absorbed in the task of self protection and self promotion, to the exclusion of the welfare of others.

This is called “selfishness” and is perfectly natural within this natural world. Allied to this may be our interaction within our own particular families, where a more communal spirit is entertained, and the principle of caring for your relatives, children etc. makes sense.

Such caring for others though, also seen in the animal world, may be an extension of self serving, because it follows that to care for those close to you will have benefits for you yourself. The love and concern we show for their welfare, them being of our flesh and blood, is a way of perpetuating our own ‘essence of being’ and especially where our “seed” is to be perpetuated as the next generation of life.

Loving Jesus may be the same thing expressed at an ultimate level, that to be subservient to the greater power amounts to the supreme pinnacle of security, and there is nothing wrong with that. To recognise selflessness and love as being the way we should live is correct, the fact that this resides within the nature of the God we serve, and that we do this by choice without coercion other than by spiritual choice, means we are acting rightly.

So Christians are told to be “renewed in their mind”. The mind we have always had has been concerned only with self. It has existed as an organism of animalistic origin, albeit designed by God to carry the characteristics of Himself once it has been reorientated by spiritual direction. [It also says their minds are being renewed]

This mind has been operating in the sinful environment for so long, that it knew no other way, apart from the hint of spiritual truth which assailed it from various directions but not in a cohesive enough way to realign its operation away from being a servant of sin, of “flesh”.

Once the person has been brought out from under this domination of a “fleshly” mind, the very forces which released them are also the forces which will realign their mind to the pattern from which those forces originated, the Spirit of Christ. The change of mind will include the nature of its responses to “fleshly” desires of the body, which may include such aspects as a desire for foods, pandering to unnecessary levels of comfort in various ways, and some things which may have become dominant within these “weaknesses” to the extent that they have become “lusts” or even “spirits”.

The Western world has seen, among other things, an explosion of obesity which appears to be the result of the frustrated way of life we are living, resulting in an unhealthy interest in food. (Flesh increases its size  🙂 )

So being driven by a new spiritual force with a whole new motivation and reason to exist, will also see a renewal of the mind after the pattern of its creator. The new Spirit will rearrange the thinking patterns so they no longer operate as servants of the ‘flesh’, because they “have” to be suitable to be in the service of God, to be operational according to HIS will, not OURS. His will has to be our NEW will, and our mind has to be geared for this purpose.

This, to all intense and purpose, means “death to the flesh” as the Spirit requires. The person of Jesus as abiding in us, is new Spirit and new ‘body’, and that being the case, the role of the “old” mind is defunct and rendered obsolete, and the ‘new’ mind now directs the body instead of the other way around. Our will is now in  charge whereas beforehand it was the flesh that was in charge. (See Romans 7).

Our life is now one in relationship to Christ both in terms of Spirit AND body. Our bodies, our flesh, are now to be conformed to HIS image rather than our own “natural” image.

The cleansing of the heart (conscience) by faith means that not only the Spirit and the mind are changed, but that the body itself is affected so that our flesh also comes in for cleansing in accordance with that which Jesus achieved on the cross. That which is known as “flesh” which gives rise to inner temptation and deviation from God’s will, has been deposed and disempowered by the death Jesus went through on our behalf.

Flesh has been ‘disfranchised’ and “thrown down” from its position of authority and  power, as previously held when under the realm of LAW. Love grace and mercy have destroyed everything that opposes God, and faith appropriates this new condition. Even if “the flesh” rears its ugly head from time to time, we gain great power from knowing that it has been deposed, that it has been utterly dealt with because it was the dead body of Christ that dealt with it. His body died. Our bodies are counted as also having died with Him, “You died..” A dead person has no power, whether in spirit or in flesh. We can give flesh power, but by doing so we are reinstating it as having some power over us, when The Spirit of Jesus declares it has in fact been rendered as dead.

There is a verse which refers to our whole person, our bodies and spirit being blameless. There is also a verse which says our bodies were washed in pure water or similar, indicating that the cleansing involves all aspects of our being, if we place our trust in Him. The “Boogy Man” of the flesh is not as strong as many think. In fact, it may be the very whole thing about just who our enemy is, and the very whole thing about what Christ has destroyed, so that by faith we may appropriate His total victory over flesh sin and death. We do in fact, appropriate AS A GIFT, Jesus Himself.

[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 in Christ”.] [The renewing of our minds occurs as a natural consequence of becoming a believer][Life will also be given to our mortal bodies by His Spirit which dwells in us]

HIS LOVE HAS DESTROYED ME [915]

My ego has been destroyed by His love, which I see by His sacrifice of Himself for the very nature of love, that being God. The “works of the devil” are destroyed in both their past activity and the remnant thereof, and also destroyed in their future activity because the cause of the trouble has been remedied and rectified.*

His Spirit works to bring down all that opposes the kingdom of love, works to reduce it to nought, and to ashes. His destruction of “me” in this regard is also my salvation, as I am enabled to join with Him, having left my body of sin in His symbolic death for me on the cross, and risen with Him and His Spirit of life in order to serve Him and His purposes on the earth, instead of me and my own purposes.

The captivity of my will has ended, and is now captive to His will instead. This is a willing transaction and position which means that my past life has no longer any power over me to condemn, neither my actions nor my thoughts, nor any other such thing. All is released, all is freedom by HIS will in freeing me from all that enslaved me and caused me to be less than He is.

CHOICE is offered –  choose to remain in the darkness of wilderness wandering, or choose to rise to light and life, and freedom to serve that which is good and right and true, rather than that which is bad and wrong and false. The mess the world is in only serves to highlight, emphasise and underscore all that is good and worthwhile. It is the one or the other, Him and you, or you and the world. Spirit or flesh. Choose wisely.

*[Jesus reversed the corruption of his body and provided the spiritual means by which we might do also, in defiance of our inherent natural nature][Empathetic]

DOING WHAT IS RIGHT, DISOWNING THOSE INNER “DEMONS” [816a]

To do what is right you first have to know what is right and then put your will behind it [Submit your will to it]. ‘Jesus’ said ‘I delight to do thy will’. So what is right is whatever the will of God is. How do we know what that will is? By the Spirit, the spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, not by reading a (the) book, although that is going to be a good start.

Knowing what is right and wrong used to be delegated to written down “laws” that had you blindly following like children. Children being children meant they would find some way of getting it wrong, misapplying and misinterpreting these laws rules and regulations. These laws revealed the inability to conform to the principles of life.

So a new “law” was brought into force, the law of the absolute removal of all obligation to sin and death [Jesus on the cross]. This “polarising” negative force being removed, left only the revealed love of God as a positive force. Our will which was captive to the negative, was now free (if we would have this freedom) to follow the positive, being the love of God.

The only thing about us that is responsive to the love of God, is our heart, the core centre of our being where we have accumulated since birth all the hurts and sorrows of the sins of others and of ourselves. This heart though has become hardened by all the negativity of  sin and death and the guilt thereof. It needed to be softened before it could accept the message of life, and the cross was simultaneously the communication of God’s love and also the means of accepting it, by softening the heart through an empathetic reaction. [Bringing to us the knowledge of love].

Self sacrificing love is the very nature of God, and there is no other true form of love, otherwise it is not love, is not God, is not of God. Accepting this love automatically brings the knowledge of the will of love, of this love. So the love is revealed, and the will is revealed, and we now just have to follow that will. The Spirit of love and life is given us  by the Holy Spirit, whose presence is involved in all the transactional matters of the above.

Resistance to your will being led by His will (Spirit) may come from the perverse will of others, or from your own will being led astray by the inner deception of the flesh, as either a desire for self benefit, [the creation or ensnarement of a will for other than God’s love] or a desire/fear for self preservation. Perfect love casts out all fear. Be led by the Spirit. REJOICE IN THE TRUTH. YOU WERE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE

[Through fear of death man has been held in life long bondage][He paid the price, we should share in the cost by following with Him and doing His will][The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death][Eager to do what is right][Love is the only “law” that is now relevant].

DOING WHAT IS RIGHT, DISOWNING THOSE INNER “DEMONS” [816]

To do what is right you first have to know what is right and then put your will behind it [Submit your will to it]. ‘Jesus’ said ‘I delight to do thy will’. So what is right is whatever the will of God is. How do we know what that will is? By the Spirit, the spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, not by reading a (the) book, although that is going to be a good start.

Knowing what is right and wrong used to be delegated to written down “laws” that had you blindly following like children. Children being children meant they would find some way of getting it wrong, misapplying and misinterpreting these laws rules and regulations. These laws revealed the inability to conform to the principles of life.

So a new “law” was brought into force, the law of the absolute removal of all obligation to sin and death [Jesus on the cross]. This “polarising” negative force being removed, left only the revealed love of God as a positive force. Our will which was captive to the negative, was now free (if we would have this freedom) to follow the positive, being the love of God.

The only thing about us that is responsive to the love of God, is our heart, the core centre of our being where we have accumulated since birth all the hurts and sorrows of the sins of others and of ourselves. This heart though has become hardened by all the negativity of  sin and death and the guilt thereof. It needed to be softened before it could accept the message of life, and the cross was simultaneously the communication of God’s love and also the means of accepting it, by softening the heart through an empathetic reaction. [Bringing to us the knowledge of love].

Self sacrificing love is the very nature of God, and there is no other true form of love, otherwise it is not love, is not God, is not of God. Accepting this love automatically brings the knowledge of the will of love, of this love. So the love is revealed, and the will is revealed, and we now just have to follow that will. The Spirit of love and life is given us  by the Holy Spirit, whose presence is involved in all the transactional matters of the above.

Resistance to your will being led by His will (Spirit) may come from the perverse will of others, or from your own will being led astray by the inner deception of the flesh, as either a desire for self benefit, [the creation or ensnarement of a will for other than God’s love] or a desire/fear for self preservation. Perfect love casts out all fear. Be led by the Spirit. REJOICE IN THE TRUTH. YOU WERE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE

[Through fear of death man has been held in life long bondage][He paid the price, we should share in the cost by following with Him and doing His will][The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death][Eager to do what is right][Love is the only “law” that is now relevant].

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]