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In his flesh, the Apostle Paul was just like you and I.  Paul, through our first parents, Adam and Eve, was an offspring from the root of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, whereas originally he did not understand that he was being held in bondage by the Tree's tap root of self absorption. 

In the Garden of Eden the Lord God commanded the Man/Adam, saying: Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat: But of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it; for in the day thou eat thereof, thou shall surely die. (Genesis 2 verse 16 thru 17.) With Adam and his wife's rebellion to God's one Command given for their protection, then death and corruption would take command of their lives. So then with the breaking of the first command, we should logically conclude that sin and death existed before the Ten Commandments of God were given to the Children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Note: Paul, the Jew, was instructed at the feet of Gamalial, according to the perfect manner of the Law. (See Acts 22 verse 2 thru 3.) Paul, being an educated Jew, was without excuse in his knowledge of the Jewish ordinances, sayings and traditions, that were ascribed in the Torah.

Paul, on the road to Damascus, encountered a blinding experience with Jesus Christ, and then being led by God's Holy Spirit, came to understand the absolute Truth of the Words of the Truth, Jesus Christ.  "Except a man be be born again, he can not see the Kingdom of God!"  Paul, having been born of faith through the Grace of God's Holy Spirit, was now brand new soul by God's Spirit of Holiness.  Now, in a moment of time, the old man of sin had passed away in the death of Jesus Christ, and all things of the life of the new man was given a new beginning in Christ's resurrection.

As Paul grew in the knowledge of God, through God's Holy Spirit, Paul would come to understand that the root of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil continued to exist, not only in his mind, but his whole body of flesh was corrupted thru and thru, and awaiting death. Oh wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death.  Paul came to sense that even the physical matrix of his humanity was totally corrupted in sin, and his body was waiting its internment in the grave.  Whether Jew or Gentile, with a few miraculous exceptions, the verdict against every man and his nature of sin is the same; "Dust thou art and to dust thou shall return".  We have seen that the soul of a person resides in their blood, and the life within the blood courses through the flesh of the whole of their being. (See The Soul and the Life.) Now it appears to reason that the unredeemed soul knows only the will of the flesh, and as such, the soul, being one with the body of flesh, is held in the possession of that which passes away in corruption.  There needs to be a change in the possession of the soul that is condemned to death by the innate actions of the self centered flesh of the body. The Alpha and the Omega of the Faith of God says: For God so Loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in His Son should not perish, but have ever lasting Life. (See John 3 verse 14 thru 16.)

Being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His Blood to declare His Righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance (tolerance) of God: To declare, I say at this time, His Righteousness, that He might be just, and the Justifier of him, which believes in Jesus/Yeshua. (See Romans 3 verse 24 thru 26.)

The Scripture is the Truth of God: But, is something wrong with the message of faith that is currently being preached by many churches?  The evidence of persistent sin that is ever present in this world of darkness says Yes!!!  The tendency is to by pass the fullness of Paul's message in Romans 3 verse 25, as if the new Christian, with a few incantations, has no other responsibility for their future actions. To be sure, the Faith of Jesus Christ declares that God is Righteous and Just to remit the sins that were committed in the past.  But the word 'past', transliterated from the Greek word 'proginomai', presents a definitive line of demarcation for the new believer in Christ Jesus. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 17.)  In the beginning verses in 2nd Peter 1 thru 8, Peter speaks about the virtues that the believer is to promote within his soul, then he says:  But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (2nd Peter 1 verse 9.) God's judgment of the former sins of the new born child, baptized into the faith of Christ Jesus, were obliterated in the propitiating Serum Water and Blood of Jesus Christ.  Therefore being justified by faith, (like unto Abraham's Faith in his Redeemer), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God Almighty for His forbearance !!! 

But oops, what do we do about the new transgressions of the flesh? Say what; I thought all things were finished?  Nay, the vanity of the flesh of man has not changed, and heresy flourishes.  The flesh, that we exist in, will sin, and will always seek first its own self centered gratification, and then its own independent justification for its illicit actions. Sin has a short memory in our double mindedness, and makes us forget what manner of man we were before Christ.  So then Holy God Almighty, in His Infinite Wisdom, has provided in His Covenant of the Faith of Christ Jesus, His Spirit's Life support in the Sanctifying Grace within the shed Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ; by Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God.  For hope makes one not ashamed, because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST, Which is given to us. (See Romans 5 verse 1 thru 5.)

Our Righteous Lord God makes us to stand clean in the flesh, with our obedience to the Trusting Obedience of His Personal Word of Faith in Jesus Christ. Whereby: We have access to Father God through Faith in the Grace --- of our High Priest Jesus Christ: For at His last Passover Table, Jesus/Yeshua says: No one comes to the Father except by Me. (See John 14 verse 4 thru 6.) Why would we remain up to our knees in the mire of our sin.  If sin continues unabated, it will swallow us up from the bottom of our feet to the top of our heads.

You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Therefore whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do you think that the Scripture say in vain that the spirit that dwells within "us" lust to envy?  But God gives more (of His) Grace. Wherefore He says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. (James 4 verse 4 thru 10.)

James knows what he is talking about for he includes himself among the double minded, when  he speaks of the spirit within "us" lusting because of envy: For then we can surmise logically that his own spirit is among the inclusive "us".

Paul says to those being saved: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it (sin) in the lusts thereof. (Romans 6 verse 12.) Then Paul, a few thoughts later, confirms his teaching on the form of doctrine that God had provided in the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ. (See Romans 6 verse 17 thru 18.)

In the following pages, try to witness with your own eyes of faith, the depths of the Infinite God's Faith in His unchangeable Word that repeats that the only Way of Salvation Grace is through: Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we (are able to) stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God.  The new beginning may have begun gloriously; but seemingly was stopped at the door of our double minded heart.  So many pastors and evangelist speak about the Grace of God and the Glory of God like it is a philosophical abstract permeating the space of nothingness. Apparently. we finite creatures have failed to realize that the unseen substance of the 'Glory' and the 'Grace' of Yahweh God is given by the Almighty's Holy Spirit of Grace. (Zechariah 12 verse 10 and Hebrews 10 verse 29.) In Faith, the Glory and Grace of God has come into the soul and spirit of the person of faith in Christ Jesus, too supply new Life to the members within the Body of Christ,  Now God's Grace rejoices our hearts in the unseen hope of this Glory of God's Spirit of Life.  We see first in the substance of faith, that through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of the Salvation Grace of justification, was first administered to our souls and the spirit of our minds.  Then also, the same unifying Grace of the Spirit of God gives the believing sinners, who gives thanksgiving though the Sanctifying Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. an entrance into God's Throne room of Grace, with Christ's righteous enablement to stand before Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 29.)

 

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