Thanks Be to God

“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.” —Romans 7:25

The second half of Romans 7 deals with the struggle of the mature Christian, which we examined in the last two doctrinal articles. Though my soul is alive in Christ, when before my soul was dead in trespasses and sins, I still have a nature that is flesh, gets sick, has all the evidences of the curse that came from Adam’s original sin, and will eventually die unless the Lord Jesus returns before that. Therefore, there is a constant battle, between the natural flesh that I have, that exists in me, and the supernatural indwelling of the Holy Spirit that has made me a new person in Christ (Romans 7:18-19). We know that this is a saved man, because (as mentioned previously) a saved soul looks at the sin he commits and recognizes it as sin, realizes it’s an offense to a holy God, and desires repentance that it will not happen again. Even the best of our good deeds performed by the grace of God are imperfect, and fall short of God’s glory. The more we mature as Christians, the more sin is illuminated by the brightness of God’s presence, and we become increasingly aware of our wretchedness as individuals, crying out together with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

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Oh Everlasting Love

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” —Jeremiah 31:25, ESV

Sin, the flesh, and the world will weary the soul in whom the Lord is efficaciously calling by His Spirit. Yet, God will quench the thirst; He will fill the soul with overflowing. And why not? The LORD Almighty declares, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). He draws you with His incredible mercy for God loves you with an everlasting love.

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He Ran and Worshipped Christ

“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” —Mark 5:6, 7

We should never allow ourselves to think that just because we have approached near the Lord to worship Him that we have served Him and honored Him. Even in the most wretched villainy of a legion of demons, in the presence of the Almighty Christ they run to worship Him because Jesus is God and He is worthy of all worship, as it is written in Philippians 2:10-11,

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