Romans chapter 7 verse 14 through to chapter 8 verse 2 the apostle Paul
describes the struggle he and we as Christians face. Our spirit is born again
but not our soul and body (John 3:1-6). We are instructed to renew our minds
with God's word (Rom 12:2) and discipline our bodies (1 Cor 9:27). In Romans
chapter 7, Paul laments that his spirit desires to do good but his mind and
body tend toward sin and carnality.
as born-again Christians we have the Holy Spirit in us (1 Cor 6:19) and the
word of God. Paul teaches us in Romans Chapter 8 verse 1-2: "There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who do not
walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death".
is saying that as Christians God does not condemn us because our new life in Christ
has set us free from the spiritual death that resulted from our old life of
sin. As we strengthen our spirit by allowing the Holy Spirit to bring us
revelation of God's word (John 14:26), we can bring our soul and body into
subjection to our spirit, directed by the Holy Spirit and God’s word. We as
Paul, can walk in victory, the: “Life in Christ Jesus”. The power of the Holy
Spirit enables us in this process (Rom 8:11); he helps us to change (Gal
5:22-23). We cannot change in our own strength.
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