My Thoughts. . .
Monday, July 8, 2019
Paul cried out saying,
“But there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature?” (Romans 7:23-24).
There are two masters that are interested in your soul. The Christian desires to serve God. The flesh desires slavery to fleshly whims. The flesh or “old nature” has a love affair with our imperfections. Our tendency to sin has the capability of robbing us of assurance, hope, joy, comfort, and peace by convincing us that heaven is a hopeless goal. We live with those fleshly voices every day. Only the grave will silence their call. So, Paul lays it on the table with, “Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in!” Judas solved his by hanging himself. Is that the answer? God indwells the saint. Yet some believe that a single sin makes one homeless and that his ownership reverts back to Satan! It is believed that our imperfections regularly keep us visiting the devil rather than remaining with the Lord! If so, what is our answer to Paul’s question? How can I keep God indwelling in me when I am an imperfect individual? Paul asked the question, so let Paul answer it.
“Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. HE HAS SET ME FREE. So there is NOW NO CONDEMNATION awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 7:24-8:1 Emphasis mine, RH).
How is that FREEDOM possible? Isn’t it because God indwells His HOLY temple? One that He continually cleanses by His grace through the blood of Jesus!? Look again at several translations of 1 Corinthians 3:17.
“the temple of God is holy, and SUCH ARE YE.” (ASV).
“the temple of God is holy, and THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.” (NASV).
“For God’s temple is holy, and THAT TEMPLE YOU ARE.” (RSV).
“for God’s temple is sacred, and YOU ARE THAT TEMPLE.” (NIV).
“For the temple of God is holy, WHICH TEMPLE YOU ARE.” (NKJV).
“God’s temple sanctuary is holy, and YOU ARE GOD’S TEMPLE SANCTUARY.” (IEB).
God INDWELLS you. God is HOLY. He is IN His HOLY TEMPLE. A Christian is THAT TEMPLE! Jesus took ALL our sins upon himself on the cross. He bestows upon us God’s righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). God makes us RIGHT. The HOLY dwelling place of God is kept HOLY by His HOLY presence! God ADDS us to the body of Christ. Jesus is the head of that body. His body is HOLY. His body is sinless. That’s why Paul said Jesus has made that FREEDOM possible. So, REJOICE! You have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and God MADE you and me His HOLY dwelling place!