Delight In The Law Of G-d

Last time Paul was teaching us that his flesh is at war against with his spiritual side.  The flesh wants to do evil while the spiritual wants to follow G-d’s ways.  As we finish chapter 7 Paul continues his teaching on his flesh warring against the law of his mind.

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of G-d after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank G-d through Yeshua Mashiach our L-rd. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of G-d; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:21-25

Paul is continuing to teach that there is a law within him that even when he does good is present within him.  This law is not Torah.  For clearly this law is evil and the Torah is not evil.  For Paul in the next statement says for I delight in the law of G-d after the inward man.  He delights in the Torah (sounds like King David) after the inward man.  I believe Paul is referencing the new fleshy, not stony, heart one receives when they turn to G-d.  The heart had been circumcised and therefore follows G-d in all His ways.

Yet, Paul knows there is another law warring against what he knows is best.  This law brings us into captivity of the law of sin.  The law of sin is death.  Pure and simple.  There is a penalty for not following the Torah, whether you know to follow the Torah or not (Romans 2:12).  But…But, we have Yeshua our G-d to thank for paying for out debt (Col 2:14).

Paul states even though we have Yeshua’s merciful act, we are circumcised in the heart, therefore serving the law of G-d, our flesh will still want to follow the law of sin.  Some think all is accomplished, but how can all be accomplished if there is still sin in this world?

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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Nothing Good Dwells In Me

Paul tells us believers serve in the newness of spirit and not in the letter of the law.  Starting in verse 14 he gets into the Spiritual a little more before really diving in in chapter 8.

For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.  But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.  For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.  Romans 7:14-20

Is Paul crazy?  What is he telling the Romans in this passage?  Basically, our spirit is alive in Christ, but our flesh still gives in to sin.  Have you experienced this?  I know I have.  Do something that I know I should not do, but I do it.  The whole time hating that I am doing it, but somehow through my flesh enjoying it as well.  It is a disturbing feeling, at least to me.

Paul tells the Romans those in Christ, through faith, you are no longer the one doing it, but the sin which dwells in you.  Please understand this is not license to sin.  No.  While the obeying of the commandments does not allow us to step foot into His kingdom, we are to obey out of love.  G-d is seeking a people who truly love him and are pure in heart.

Throughout Scripture we are told the doing of good is not within us.  Yeshua himself stated in Mark 10:18 And Yeshua said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except G-d alone.”  

So take heart when you do sin.  Teshuva or return to the L-rd from the path you were out on.  Seek Him with you all heart, with all your soul, and with all your might/resources.  Sometimes we are humbled so that we can rise even higher in our relationship with G-d.

Baruch HaShem!  Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

Apart From The Torah, Sin Is Dead

Romans 7 is a difficult chapter and last time we to a look at the first six verses and looking at dying to the law and what that meant.  Now, we look at Paul circling the wagons to make sure you do not misinterpret him.

What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Torah; for I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Torah sin is dead. I was once alive apart from the Torah; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.  Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. Romans7:7-13

Paul, just to make sure you understand what he previously said in the first six verses wants us to understand that the Torah is not sin.  The only way you know sin is through the Torah.  Paul teaches the same concept at the end of Romans 3 and 5.  The Torah is not sin and we should not continue sinning.  The Torah is good, holy, and righteous.  Sin is the issue in our lives, not Torah.  Through the Torah we understand what is sin and how we are to live our lives.  Sin kills, but through the process of true teshuvah (repentence) we turn from our ways and turn towards the ways of G-d and He forgives our iniquity.

Are we to follow other gods or follow the One and Only G-d?  Deuteronomy 11 comes to mind here.  Following other G-ds means you are not following Him in His ways…not following the commandments:

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the L-rd your G-d, which I am commanding you today;  and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your G-d, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.  Deut. 11:26-28

So you see that not following the commandments is the same as following other gods.  How?  If you do not listen to G-d then you are listening to someone else whether it be yourself (evil inclination) or someone else.  Which G-d tells us in Deut. 13:1-4 not to listen to those who are telling you to follow other G-ds.

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

Dead To The Law – Romans 7:1-6

We now are to Romans 7, which if you read out of context from chapters 5, 6 then you can get the wrong message that Paul is trying to convey.

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto G-d.  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  Romans 7:1-6

Paul clearly tells us in v1 that He is speaking to the Jews, those who know the Law.  The verse really speaks to everyone because the law has dominion over man as long as he lives.  Meaning the law is over you because of your sin and you have a penalty to pay.  This is whether you know the law or not based on what Paul wrote in Romans 2.

Therefore, you must die to the law…to be freed from the law.  We are then raised from the dead through the Messiah to bring forth fruit unto G-d.  In other words, we must be born again.  If you are not born again, then you will not produce fruit unto G-d.  We cannot fulfill the Torah through our own efforts.  We must rely on G-d to work in us to produce the right kind of fruit.

Paul points this out saying when we were in the flesh.  While we were in the flesh sin occurs and brings forth death.  But now we are delivered from the consequences of the death, therefore serve in newness of spirit.  The old is through the flesh and the new is through the spirit.  This reminds me of Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:26-27.  Those two passages tell us G-d will remove the old stony heart and give us a flesh heart.  He will also put in His spirit and it will cause you to walk in His commandments.

We were never to walk this walk alone.  As Hebrews 4:2 tells us if the word is not mixed with faith then you will not enter His rest.

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!