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Mental Attitude towaard self. Part 3.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

ROM 7:14-17 - the emphasis is on practicing the very thing we hate - the inability to overcome the sin nature.

ROM 7:18-21 - the emphasis is on the failure to do that which is desired in the new nature - the inability, on account of the flesh, to do right.

These good intentions are hindered by the overtime work of the old sin nature with its trends toward good and evil.

GAL 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”

Paul is saying that because he has believed on TLJC, that he is no longer the one alive but Christ is living in him.

1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Because the nature of God cannot sin, 1JO 3:9, and Christ is in him,
GAL 2:20, Paul has learned to separate the two natures.

Before any believer can appreciate the divine solutions to the indwelling problems of the old sin nature and the magnificent grace of God, the believer must be brought to the end of himself.

PHI 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

The effects of sin are guilt and condemnation, and therefore there is no place for any guilt and condemnation in the life of the believer.

PSA 32:5 You have forgiven the guilt of my sin;
PSA 85:2 You did forgive the iniquity of your people; you did cover all their sin.
PSA 103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

This man of Romans Seven is crying out for deliverance - not from sin’s guilt and penalty, but from its power.

God left us every bit as helpless and dependent on Christ’s work for our sanctification as He did for our redemption!

The power of sin was broken at the cross because we died with Him at the cross, both to sins and to the power of the sin nature.

As you grow in the knowledge of doctrine, there can arise a tremendous conflict in the soul, not from the temptation of the old sin nature, but from the evil and the inherent weaknesses which are there.

“Wretched” - talaiporos = “wretched - through the exhaustion of hard labor”

The answer to Paul’s self-despairing question “Who will rescue me?” is a new revelation - identification with Christ in His death!

1CO 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The Holy Spirit performs the work of deliverance from power of the sin nature by applying to our experience that which was accomplished by Christ on the cross, namely complete separation from fleshly Adam.

We discover our own utter powerlessness to defeat our indwelling sin, and then we are given the insight that we have been delivered from it all by Another!

The blood of Christ frees us from the guilt of our sins, and the cross of Christ frees us from the slavery of our sin nature.

That sin dwelt in him
That his self-will was powerless against it
That the sinful self was not his real self
That there was deliverance through our Lord Jesus Christ

After salvation we are wretched in our flesh and in need of the Sanctifier who will apply the power of the cross to our body of sin.

Unless and until we learn to despair of the idea that self will ever change self, we will not enter into the rest of experiencing spiritual deliverance in Christ.

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