But all the years of ignorance of sin did not eliminate sin and its effects: And though the Mosaic Law could reveal the sin nature, it could not rectify it. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude [likeness] of Adam's transgression When a child is born he is born with sin, not because he sinned the same way Adam did, but because the child is associated with Adam.
The issue is not sinning as Adam did; rather being identified with Adam, every child inherits the sin nature. Its basic charac-teristics are common to all men. Adam is the "figure," meaning type or pattern, of Jesus Christ. In what way was Adam a pattern for Christ? Certainly not in the way he disobeyed or sinned or brought death. One way he was a pattern is that he originally had pure blood and no sin and so did Jesus Christ.
There are other ways he was a type for Christ, but in this context, he is primarily a pattern in the way mankind is identified with him. The preceding verses show Adam as the head of the human race and his influences on all mankind. All inherit sin and death by being descendants of Adam. Man's association with Adam as the head of the human race gives a clear pattern for the believer's association with Christ as the head of the "spiritual race.
The nature inherited from Adam is unmerited. The nature inherited from Christ is also unmerited. The reality of the sin nature in every man's life has nothing to do with his actions; it is automatically inherited at birth. Likewise, the reality of the new nature, with all its spiritual benefits, has nothing to do with the believer's actions; it is automatically inherited at the new birth.
The rest of Romans 5 shows the influence both Adams have on mankind. Remember the influences of both are inherited with each birth. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one [Adam] that sinned, so is the gift: For if by one man's [Adam] offence death reigned by one [Adam] ; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness [righteous acts] of one [Jesus Christ] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience [Adam] many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus Christ] shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through the one man, Jesus Christ, the new nature was made available. This new nature made the Christian free from the old nature. For the law of the Spirit of life [the new nature] in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death [the old nature]. Adam's wrongdoing ill-effected mankind to a great degree. In comparison, Christ's right doings effected mankind to a "much more" degree. Adam's effect on mankind will come to an end. For the born-again, the effect ends spiritually at the point of the new birth and will be manifested fully when Christ returns.
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Therefore, Adam's effect is temporal, but Christ's effect is eternal. That is much more, would you not agree? In Christ salvation is available, righteousness, justification, sanctification, seated in the heavenlies, sonship, Christ within, and all of these realities are eternal, never to be lost. That is much more, don't you think? The seven Church Epistles explain the "much more" gained in Christ that was lost in Adam. The profound impact on mankind of two men, the two Adams, truly explains so much about life.
Jesus Christ was indeed the counterpart of Adam. As one of a pair of gloves is to its mate, corresponding, but in reverse, so was Jesus Christ to Adam.
Adam's fall; placing sense knowledge above God's Word Genesis 2: Jesus Christ's stand; always placing God's Word above sense knowledge Luke 4: Jesus Christ's accomplishments were in the midst of extreme adversity, while Adam's wrongdoings were in the ideal circumstances. Adam lived in paradise. Jesus Christ was born into an evil world. In paradise there was no sin; in the world in which Jesus Christ lived, sin abounded. Our lord was born without spirit and did not receive it until he began his ministry. Adam had only one other person to influence him, Eve.
Jesus Christ had to contend with a world filled with unbelieving people. The just recompense for mankind with its sin nature is con-demnation and death. To redeem man, a just price had to be paid. The price paid was in the sacrifice of the perfect man, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was man's substitution for sin.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: When Jesus Christ was crucified, we were crucified with him Romans 6: When he died, we died with him Romans 6: When he was buried, our old man was buried with him Romans 6: When God raised him from the dead, we were raised with him Romans 6: He was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification Romans 4: When he was raised, we were raised with him. We received the new nature making us redeemed, justified, righteous, and sanctified.
In Christ our old man died, and our new man was made alive. When he ascended, we ascended with him. When he was seated at the right hand of God in the heavenlies, we as well were seated with him Ephesians 2: When he comes back, we will be gathered together with him in glory I Thessalonians 4: Now that we have looked at the two Adams and their influence on mankind, we can begin to understand the two natures in the child of God.
A good place to begin to develop our understanding of the sin nature is Genesis. The temptation which seduced Adam and Eve to sin, and their behavior after the fall, reflect the sin nature which is now common to all men. Although manifested behavior varies widely, all mankind has the same sin nature with identical characteristics. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. One of the lies was, "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Hence, we learn the first and most basic aspect of the sin nature, self-worship.
One only has to watch a newborn infant to see every person is born selfish, self-concerned, self-centered, and self-absorbed. Some may be very capable at covering their selfishness, and even at convincing others of how selfless they are, but no cover can change that which is ours by nature. You can put any label you want on a jar of pickles, but inside are still pickles. You can do that which you want on the outside, yet inside remains the sin nature which is selfish.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Verse 6 shows they allowed their senses to rule over the Word of God. They lost the spirit, and their behavior immediately changed. Before the fall, chapter 2 verse 25 tells us they were both naked and were not ashamed.
After the fall, the knowledge of being naked was not new, but their attitude towards their nakedness was. They changed from being unashamed to ashamed with a desire to clothe themselves. Their efforts to cover themselves were futile. Later, recorded in verse 21, God had to clothe them. Shame and man's useless attempts to cover himself are also incorporated into this sin nature.
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Before the fall they had no fear and no reason to hide from God. Now with sin they endeavored to hide themselves from God because of fear. This, too, is common to all mankind by nature. Verses 11 and And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Adam shifted the blame for his sin onto the woman and God. This behavior is not removed from mankind. How natural it is for man to blame others for his own sin; and how common it is to blame God for our wrongdoings! The true ugliness of this sin nature was quickly manifested in Adam's first child, Cain.
Cain was not created in the image of God. He was born after his father's kind, with the sin nature. Read Genesis 4 and see how he evidenced this sin nature: He murdered his brother Abel. Afterwards, when confronted by God, he was disrespectful and indignant toward God. He was more self-concerned about his future than he was sorrowful that his brother was dead by his own hands. Some think Cain was an exception to the rest of mankind.
The history of the human race does not support this thought, nor does God's Word. Remember what we read in Romans? An open sepulcher stinks because of the dead, decaying body within. Mankind's throat, that which comes out of his mouth, stinks because that which is within is dead and rotten. The sin nature seen in Cain is not the exception; it is typical. Some people just do not understand why so much evil is in the world.
People are often shaken by the evil they see. But when we understand the sin nature, we are no longer shocked by the evil manifested in the world. Evil is that which comes naturally to man. What is shocking is that man has not completely destroyed himself. Only by God's loving grace, mercy, and goodness has mankind been able to continue. There are many places in God's Word where we can see the two natures contrasted with one another.
We will now review some of those places. In John 3, Jesus Christ told Nicodemus the need to be born again. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. All flesh comes from Adam and has the sin nature. That which is born of the Spirit, referring to God, has the divine nature which is spirit. Flesh and spirit are two distinctly different realities with different origins, natures, and characteristics.
Flesh is flesh, spirit is spirit, and they do not overlap. In fact, they are contrary to each other. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: The word "quickeneth" means "gives life. The flesh profiteth nothing. What a stark reality which the carnal man refutes, even hates, because man revels in his own doings, his own ideas, his own works. Yet, God says the flesh profiteth nothing.
Man, with all of his intellectual abilities, academic acclaims, and all the ways in which he has developed himself physically, still has not changed the truth: For I know that in me that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: One night I listened to part of an interview given by a wealthy, successful man of the world. He boasted of the two hundred million dollars he gave away last year, and of all his great accomplishments and dreams. He was convinced that he was doing many good things to better the world in which he lived. He has already designated that after his death all his accumulated wealth be given to charities which will carry on with his current good works.
Yet, in this interview he plainly stated he did not believe in God and would rather go to hell than heaven. His logic was that heaven would be perfect, so hell would be a better place for him because he could help to improve it. Talk about the epitome of man's ego: God's Word says, "in my flesh dwelleth no good thing. I pray this man does not realize his wish. Most men are convinced they can do good things with their flesh.
Man revels and glories in himself. The reality of life is that man is not able to determine successfully what he will do from one day to the next. Remember Jesus Christ said, "I can of mine own self do nothing. Man can discipline himself, be very religious, hard-working, sincere, emotional, educated, persistent, etc.
However, he still cannot cause good to come out of the flesh. The only good to be found is in the spirit. You cannot please God in the flesh. They that worship God must worship Him "in spirit and in truth," 8 not in the flesh. In the flesh dwelleth no good thing; therefore, the flesh profiteth nothing and cannot please God. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
In the context of Romans 8, the word "flesh" and the word "spirit" are used figuratively 9 where "flesh" stands for the totality of the old nature, and "spirit" the totality of the new nature. The "law of the spirit of life" is talking about the law of the new nature and all that goes with it. The "law of sin and death" is the law of the sin nature, or the old nature. For what the law [the law God gave to Moses] could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh [the old nature] , God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: The Mosaic Law could not rectify sin nature which was inherent in the blood.
So God sent Jesus Christ, who had flesh and blood like all other men, but whose blood came from the seed God created in Mary, not from Adam. Through his perfect obedience and accomplished work, God was able to make available the new nature and spiritually put to death the old. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Believers have the choice to walk by the flesh, the old nature, or by the spirit, the new nature.
For they that are after the flesh [old nature] do mind [think about] the things of the flesh [old nature] ; but they that are after the Spirit [new nature] the things of the Spirit [new nature]. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind [thoughts] is enmity against God: The carnal mind is a mind thinking according to the old nature. The carnal mind is death and enmity against God.
To be spiritually minded, after the new nature, is life and peace, or a peaceful life. So if you do not have a peaceful life, guess what! But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: The word "natural" is the Greek word psuchikos , meaning soul. Soul man is the man of the flesh only, without spirit.
He does not receive the things of the spirit of God. You can tell the soul man about holy spirit, manifestations of the spirit, or any other spiritual matters. He may very well laugh at you, or at least sneer in his mind, because to him they are foolishness. Not long ago I was teaching in a French-speaking country.
I do not speak French; therefore, I had a translator. Each person received his own portable receiver with a headset.
In order to understand what I was teaching, those who did not understand English had to have the receiver. Without it they could not hear the translation. To hear me speak in English would have been foolishness to them. In like manner, to those of the flesh not having the spirit, the things of God are foolishness. They simply do not have the receiver which is the gift of holy spirit. On the other hand, those who are born again do have the spirit and can understand the things of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. These terms are used only in referring to believers. Once we are born from above, we receive the new nature which is called the new man. In addition we still have the old nature which is called the old man. For those who have not been born again the "old" and "new" terms are not relevant.
That which they have is simply called the natural man, or flesh. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. The created part of man is spirit. The new man is the holy spirit God created within when we were born again.
Colossians also talks of the old and new man.
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The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: This is a very graphic description of the heart we received via Adam and the old nature. The following tells us about the heart that we received via Christ and the new nature. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
The heart of the new nature is a Christ-like heart which knows God as a tender, loving Father. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: That is some contrast. When we walk by the old nature, we manifest the works of the flesh.
When we walk by the new nature, we manifest the fruit of the spirit. Which do you want to manifest in your life? The flesh profiteth nothing John 6: It is actually at enmity with God Romans 8: This flesh or sin nature is evil and cannot be changed. Yet, so many Christians spend their lives endeavoring to change the unchangeable, to discipline the unruly, and to reform that which will always be unreformable.
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So evil is this nature that the only way for God to deal with it was to have it put to death when Christ died. The divine nature gives us eternal life John 6: And it makes us God's sons, placing us into a tender, loving relationship of "Abba, Father" Romans 8: The new nature, ours for eternity, is so good it need not be changed. This new nature gives us the ability to do the greater works that Jesus Christ spoke about in John Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. We began this chapter by looking at Adam's behavioral change after the fall, to see the pattern of the sin nature common to all man. In like manner we could study Jesus Christ, the last Adam, to see the behavior of one who walked by spirit. Rather than being tricked into self-worship, our lord always worshipped God. No selfishness was to be found in him at all.
He lived a totally selfless life. Jesus Christ stood in the presence of God without sin, shame, or condemnation. He always did the will of the Father, and maintained the loving relationship of a son with his Father. He did not hide from God, rather he was ever in His presence, always doing His will. Adam shifted the blame. Jesus Christ was blameless and took upon himself the sins of the whole world. A complete study of the life of our lord would reveal to us how we can walk as Christians with the new nature.
A comprehensive study of the Church Epistles will also show us the completeness that is ours with this new nature. With the understanding of the two Adams and of the two natures that are within each child of God, we are ready to study the conflict and victory. We have both of these natures which are contrary one to the other and in constant conflict. For the flesh [old nature] lusteth against the Spirit [new nature] , and the Spirit [new nature] against the flesh [old nature]: There we have the two of them, the spirit and the flesh, and they are antagonistic to each other.
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The flesh desires to have dominance in our lives, and so does the spirit. The conflict takes place in our minds. The believer's freewill decision determines which one rules. Paul describes the conflict of the two natures in detail in Romans. For we know that the law is spiritual: For that which I do I allow not: The things he did were not really that which he wanted to do.
Those things he did want to do, he did not do. He said that which I hate is what I do. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. He had this dilemma because he had the two natures. The old nature hindered him from living the new nature.
Without an understanding of the two Adams and the two natures, one could read this and think Paul was crazy or had a split personality. Perhaps at times you have thought maybe you were crazy because this same dichotomy was being manifested in your life. Well, Paul may have been writing in the first person, but this is God's revelation for all Christians.
We all have the same conflict Paul expressed here. Have you ever wondered why you can be moving along with the things of God, and seemingly out of nowhere, you get a horrendous thought followed by the same ungodly action which was common to you before you became a Christian?
Perhaps you have even condemned yourself thinking "after all this time with God, and I still think and behave like I did before I was saved! When will this end! The old man nature does not change, nor does it go away permanently until Christ returns. The old man nature is really something! It lingers in the shadows of your mind and waits for the opportunity to rear its ugly head and take over your life again.
The old man nature, that sin nature, just never changes. It is always the same.
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When you fail to put on the new nature, the old begins to reign again. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Paul so believed all that Christ accomplished for him, he identified himself with the new nature only: As Christians our real man, our true identity, is in the new man. Paul knew the problem was the sin nature that still dwelled in him. This is not to say Paul was relinquishing his responsibility for his actions. If any man ever took full responsibility for his life, it was Paul. The verse is stating that he understood that the sin nature was the cause of the problem, and the real man was the Christ within.
The desire to walk entirely by the new man was present with him, but because of the sin nature he could not work out that which was good. For the good that I would I do not: How we can all relate to this truth! Without a knowledge of these matters, no wonder so many live in sin-consciousness and condemnation.
With this knowledge, we need not fall into that devilish type of thinking. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. Once again, we see Paul's identification with the new nature and his understanding of the effects of the old nature. With this understanding, Paul was able to live with himself.
The sin nature, which is evil, is the cause of all the sin in our lives. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. The inward man, the Christ within, the one with whom he was identified, delighted in the law of God. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. A war is being waged in our minds, the battle of the two natures, and we hold the deciding vote. When we put on God's Word and believe accordingly, we win the battle; and when we do not, we do not win.
This is the conflict of our lives. You may not like it, but the reality remains unchanged. You may say, "I don't want to fight. Would it not be better to learn to enjoy the fight and win? O wretched man that I am! A number of forms of capital punishment were used at the time Paul lived. The worst form was that which Paul spoke of figuratively when he said, "who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Then the condemned prisoner was chained at the hands and feet to the body. The prisoner would stay chained to this dead body until he himself died.
Paul used this graphic illustration to explain the old man nature with which he contended. The question was "who shall deliver me? The body of this death the old nature is far too big for us to handle on our own. We need God's help! We dare not think for one moment we can be successful in this war without His constant involvement in our lives. We can manifest deliverance daily as we focus on our God. When Christ returns we will have complete liberty from this dead body.
Until such time, we keep our eyes on God through Jesus Christ our Lord and renew our minds to the new man. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Without the understanding of the two natures, believers are prone to endless frustration and defeat because they try to change the old into the new.
This cannot be done. The old nature does not change. You cannot change the old nature, but you can change your life by putting on the new. If we understand that we have these two side by side in us, then when the old surfaces, we can acknowledge it is the sin nature. Thereby we can avoid the sin- consciousness and condemnation so common to most Christians. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Perhaps the following illustration will help you to understand the conflict and how to claim the victory.
There was a kingdom, and in this kingdom was a very evil, wicked king. Everything he did was evil. No good thing was found in him. All his rulings, all his dealings, and everything that he carried out in his kingdom were nothing but evil. Then one day, the old, evil king was dethroned.
He no longer had authority to reign. A new king was put in charge. The new king was righteous. All of his actions were right and only perfect. All of his dealings were just, righteous, and good. However, the old king was still around. Fact, proof, and conclusion:. I reject the view that Paul is describing his experience as an unbeliever because he says things that are not true of unbelievers. I reject the view that he was writing primarily about his struggle as a mature believer because while mature believers struggle with sin and sometimes lose the battle, they do not live in perpetual defeat and bondage to sin.
I contend that these verses primarily describe an immature believer who has not yet come to understand that he is no longer under the law, but under grace. He has not yet learned to rely on the indwelling Holy Spirit to overcome the lusts of the flesh. There is no mention of the Spirit here, but much is said of the Spirit in chapter 8.
But at the same time, the war that Paul describes here does go on, even for mature believers. The difference is that while sin is winning the war in chapter 7, Paul through the Holy Spirit is winning against sin in chapter 8. We do not have to yield repeatedly to sin, which is the frustrating cycle that Paul describes here.
This third cycle teaches us:. To win the war within, we must understand the magnitude of the inner conflict so that in despair we cry out to God for deliverance. Who will deliver me from the body of this death? So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. I see three lessons in our text:.
The Christian life is a constant battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Here the focus is on the flesh. He discovered this truth in the school of hard knocks. And so he portrays here the two combatants in this battle. We can picture them as boxers:. Paul uses several terms here to describe the evil within. While they have different nuances, they basically describe the same thing: All of these terms refer to the old man and its method of operation.
The old man is not eradicated at conversion, but continues to be corrupted according to the lusts of deceit Eph. As we saw last time, positionally the old man was crucified with Christ, in order that our body of sin might be done away with Rom. But pra c tically , we have to reckon this to be true in our daily experience by putting it off Rom. Note how the old man operates:. In this sense, it rules us and with authority tells us how to live although wrongly! It promises rewards if we obey it: It operates as a law, commanding us, threatening us, and enticing us.
In other words, sin is subtle and cunning. It lures you into traps where you get ambushed. It keeps coming at you until it brings you down. We need to be careful here or we could fall into an error that became prevalent in the early church. Gnosticism taught that the body is inherently evil, whereas the spirit is good. This led to two different extremes.
Some said that since the body is evil, we must treat it harshly by depriving ourselves of food, comfort, and physical pleasure. This is asceticism, which Paul strongly condemns Col. The other extreme was that some said that since the body is evil anyway, you might as well indulge it. What the body does is unrelated to the spirit. So you could indulge in sexual immorality, but at the same time claim that your spirit was not in sin.
Since Paul elsewhere clearly denounces these errors, we would be mistaken to take his teaching here in that way. Rather, he is saying that the law of sin works through his physical body and manifests itself in evil deeds. But it takes his entire person captive 7: In this sense, by his members, Paul means his flesh 7: Temptation always begins in our minds, but it appeals to and works its way out through our bodies.
Thus one strategy against sin is to make it your aim always to glorify God with your body 1 Cor. Sin uses reason, however faulty, to appeal to us. Satan reasoned with Eve that God surely would not impose the death penalty for eating a little piece of fruit. The fall brought our minds as well as our bodies into captivity to sin.
But in addition to reason, temptation always appeals to our feelings. In fact, sin is usually irrational. So, in the first corner, we have the reigning champion that has dominated the human race ever since the fall: Paul wants to do good 7: This must refer to the mind of a regenerate man. One of the marks of the new birth is that God gives you new desires.
You have a new love for Christ, who gave Himself on the cross for you. You long to be holy, just as Jesus is holy. You hate your own sin. And yet, at the same time, you know that in your flesh there is still a strong desire to do evil. In new believers, the desires of the old nature the reigning champion often win out over the new desires of the new nature the new challenger until the new believer learns how to fight. But mature believers have learned to put on the new man and put off the old, so that they experience consistent victory over sin.
But before we begin to see consistent victory, we often experience frustrating defeats because of the power of the reigning champion, the old man. We lash out in anger at our loved ones. We act selfishly with no regard for others. We see a seductive woman and lust floods into our thoughts. But I do not see Paul describing here a lack of perfection, but rather a lack of obedience.
He is not doing what he knows to be right. He is practicing what he knows to be wrong. He is failing completely. I agree with Martyn Lloyd-Jones Romans: Its Functions and Limits [Zondervan], p. So let me make three observations to try to picture what deliverance looks like:. In this life, I will never love God as completely as I should, with my entire heart, soul, mind, and strength.