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In his flesh, the Apostle Paul was just like you and I.  Through our first parents, Adam and Eve, Paul was an offspring from the root of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and did not originally understand that he was being held in bondage, by the Tree's tap root of self absorption.  As Paul grew in God's knowledge thru the Spirit of God, Paul confirms that the root of the Tree, exists not only in the carnal flesh of his mind, but his whole body of flesh is corrupted thru and thru. Oh wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death.  Paul understands that even the matrix of his humanity is totally corrupted in sin and awaiting death.  Whether Jew or Gentile, with a few exceptions, the verdict is the same; "Dust thou art and to dust thou shall return".  The soul of a person resides in their blood, and that blood, which contains the soul, courses through the flesh of their being.  The unredeemed soul knows only the will of the flesh, and as such, the soul is one with the flesh and is held in the possession of the flesh.  There needs to be a change in the possession of the soul that is condemned to death by the actions of self centered flesh. 

Sin's Vapor Trail is Death.

For a better practical understanding, hear what ĎSaintí Paul has to say about his real, and not allegorical struggles with his flesh and the Law of God (in the Decalogue). 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 [of God], confessing that the Law is good.  So now, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin, which lives within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my nature of flesh; for the willing is present in me, for I have the desire to do what is good, but I do not practice the good.  For what I do is not the good I want to do: No, the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing.  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. (See in full context Romans 7 verse 15 thru 20.)

And so, Paul in his revelation of his self, mirrored in the Law of Commandments, continues with his thoughts, ďI see another Law working within my members, warring against the Law of my mind [with his conscience enhanced by the knowledge of the Commandments of God], and bringing me into captivity to the Law of sin, which is in my members [sin resides within his physical body]. (Romans 7 verse 23 .)

What is this other Law, but the evil force of sin itself, made more manifest by the knowledge of the quarantining Laws of God, (the Ten Commandments).  In a prior chapter we metaphorically established sin, as the ultimate spiritual virus, which seeks its own rights to exist on its own terms.  Apparently, we did not know that the renegade rule or law of sin has killed us, for it is that ultimate unseen spiritual virus that promotes itself in death, and that of its captive.

Apart from the commandments, stealthy sin, with its idolatrous deceptions in the flesh of our being, was dead to Paulís knowledge, because it is hidden deep in the neuronal roots of self preservation at any cost.  Then the quarantining commandment came again to his mind, and the knowledge of the presence of sin revived, and showed him that he was in the possession of the deadly tentacles of sin.  But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment to express itself, got a hold on me and aroused and stimulated all kinds of forbidden desires, lust and covetousness.  For without the Law [in Commandments], sin is dead; that is the sense of sin, is inactive and seemingly a lifeless thing.  Once I was alive, but quite apart from and unconscious of the law [of sin].  But when the Commandment came, sin lived again, (that is stealthy sin was shown to be still existing), and I died, for I was sentenced by the Law of God [in Commandments] to death.  (See Romans 7 verse 8 thru 9.) Amplified and further modified for clarity.

Paul understands perfectly the nature of the deadly infection of sin, because sinís symptoms of self-promoting desires, were being exhibited as confusion within the flesh of his mind.  For sin is the ultimate spiritual viral singularity, promoting it self, while dwelling within his flesh.  That which Paul knows of the law of sin he hates, for at times sin overpowers his own will, and makes him do the 'evil' things he is opposed to, and prevents him at times, from complying to that which he agrees is 'good'. 

As good and as holy as the Commandments of God are, they fail to relieve Paul of his sense of failure that sin accomplishes within his corrupted flesh.  Ironically that sense of the presence of sin, is brought about by an awakened conscience through the Commandments of God.  In man's very best state, latent sin, hidden in the flesh of our minds, can and will revive, bringing forth the nature of self idolatry, promoting ones death and separation from the heart of God, even as demanded by God's  Laws of quarantine in the Decalogue. 

So this brings us again to Paul's lamenting question with its answer, and should be ours: "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?" and his affirmative answer: "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind, I am serving the Law of God, but on the other [hand] with my flesh, the (self serving) Law of Sin". (Romans 7 verse 24 thru 25.)

Thus, Paul in his schizophrenic, self-illustration has concluded the Commandments, which he is mindful of, cannot save him from his lethal infection of sin that has already corrupted his self serving flesh.  The Commandments can never bridge the chasm of sin and death that has corrupted the soul and even the genetics of man.  The only remedy for death is in the poured out Life Blood of Jesus Christ the son of Adam and the Son of God, who was crucified to a cross, but was raised from the dead by the Spirit of God for our justification.  Therefore, by the imputed Living Faith of Jesus Christ, we are justified, even as transgressors, because of the Son of Man's absolute obedience and trusting faith in His Father God.  Now, Paul fully recognizes that he and we through God's Gift of Faith in Christ Jesus are absolutely dependant upon God the Father, Who gives Life and Love, abundantly to us repentant sinners, through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us His Word of reconciliation. (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 19.)

After justification by the Faith of Jesus Christ, our complete cleansing and Sanctification of the flesh, is by God's amazing Grace alone, and His Grace is administered through His Holy Spirit of Grace.  There is no code or standard that leads to eternal Life except through the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ alone, as the incarnate Son of Man/Adam is the absolute Standard of Love and Grace acceptable to His Father God.  Jesus is the very last genetic Son of Adam, but He is born of the Love of His Father, and defeats our sin within His flesh of Adam, with His Perfect Sacrifice of Love and obedience to His Father God Almighty.  With the Love of His Father, Jesus  pours out His Soul with the Spirit His Holy Life Blood as a Presentation Offering to God, for the souls of mankind. (Please see Soul and the Life.) Blessed be our God and Father, Who first loved us, even when we were yet sinners, and Who by His Spirit of Life has made our souls to be alive within His Risen and beloved Son. 

But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look upon the face of Moses, for the glory that was on his countenance, which glory was to pass away.  Will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!  For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory [of the Spirit of God].  And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory [of the Spirit of God] and that which lasts!   (2nd Corinthians 3 verse 7 thru 11.)

The Glory of the Commandments of God, even when they reveal that man is dead in their sins, was revealed in the face of Moses, who stood in the awesome Presence of God the Law Giver.   That glory would pass away from the face of Moses, but the purpose of the law remains until all is fulfilled with the conversion of hearts that understand that they are lost in sin and death.  Now, the Glory that is eternal, is found in the hearts of mankind, that are lit up by the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, and that Glory shall not pass away.

To continue to the next chapter, please click on The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.

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