Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

God in us – Day 3

Christ in us … delivers us

Bible text(s)

24What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!

This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God's law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

Romans 7:24-25GNBOpen in Bible reader

17Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

13When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears, and will tell you of things to come.

John 16:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

22My inner being delights in the law of God. 23But I see a different law at work in my body — a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body.

Romans 7:22-23GNBOpen in Bible reader

Have you ever entertained thoughts that frighten you? Thoughts that make you wonder how someone, who testifies that he has a relationship with God, can even think about such things? Maybe you, who are so attentive of how you treat and speak to other people, lost self-control and afterwards wished for some sand to stick your head into.

Why is there this dualism in one man? Doesn’t the Bible promise that if you are in Christ, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Of course, all things became new, how else would you have been so intensely aware of this tug of war between good and evil, right and wrong in your innermost being? It is the Spirit in and with you that guides you in all truth. (John 16:13)

You see, in our innermost being, we have two powers or laws at war. Firstly, the law of the flesh in whom nothing good dwells (Romans 7:18). This law is constantly at work to empower my (selfish) ego. Then, there is the law of the Spirit that calls on your mind, your innermost being and your reborn spirit, to do what is good.

Paul also experienced this dualism in his life: For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind. (Romans 7:22-23)

Like you and I, he cries out, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Then, the victorious answer, “I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

You and I cannot live a good life that pleases God, on our own. No, we can do nothing without him! Whenever you become aware of this dualism that hits you punch-drunk, do not shy away, but lift up your head and cry to God for help, “Deliver this wretched man from this body of death God!”

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