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The Office of the Law

The purpose of the Law, after Christ, can be summarized as follows:

1. To convict the believers of their sin, consequently to REPENTANCE, leading them to run to the cross, and hide safely under Christ’s RIGHTEOUSNESS; this is how a believer secures eternal life.

2. To convict the unbelievers of trespassing, make them FLEE from Christ in arrogance, for they are puffed-up of their OWN righteousness, consequently judged on their OWN merit and condemned for eternal damnation!

The Scared Scripture clearly says that it is IMMPOSSIBLE to keep-up the law, for NONE, not even one is righteous under the Law! And, at the same time, without Law NONE will know sin either!

Romans 7:7 – “I would NOT have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet’.”

In simpler words:

1. When do you repent?

When I’m convicted of my sin, and need a CLOSURE.

2. How do you know that you are sinning?

The LAW tells me that I broke one!

3. Do all people repent?

Maybe, but only the BORN-AGAIN believers have a closure.

4. What happens when you are born-again?

A NEW Spirit is given to me.

5. Do you stop sinning after you are born-again?

NO, I can’t stop sinning because my flesh (which is not regenerated) constantly REBELS against my regenerated Spirit!

6. How do you know you are sinning?

The Law tells me that I broke one, AGAIN and AGAIN!

7. Does that mean you are continuously repenting?

Yes I am, and plead for forgiveness THROUGH Christ, and I get the closure.

8. Repenting, even after you are born-again?

Only after I was born-again I started to repent seriously, BTW!

9. Are you righteous?

YES

10. But you are still sinning, how could you be righteous?

I am sheltering under Christ’s righteousness, therefore I am DEEMED righteous! This is called justification.

11. So technically you are still a sinner?

YES, I am.

12. At the same time you are a saint?

YES; all His ‘predestined elects’ who were ‘called’ are saints.

13. You don’t have to worry about repenting, after all the Law has NO POWER over you, right?

The Law does not have the power to DECREE me to death, because Christ’s atonement on the cross covers the penalty for my sins! But, without the Law convicting me, I will NOT know the sin, consequently I will NOT repent!

14. Why do you need to repent, after all your Salvation is secured under Christ, right?

There is something called sanctification, its part of the regeneration process, preparing me for my glory; repentance does this work, by constantly reminding ‘who saved me’ (Christ, by his blood on the cross) and ‘who I am now’ (belong to my Savior for eternity).

15. So when will you stop repenting, in other words, when will the Law stop convicting you of sin?

When my body stops rebelling against the Spirit.

16. When will that happen?

When I am given a new body that obeys the Spirit.

17. When will you get that new obeying-body?

When I resurrect gloriously, after my death! 🙂

Romans 8:30 – “whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified”.

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Battle Between Flesh And The Spirit

—–Original Message—–

From: Priscilla

To: ArulMozhi

Mmm…. looks like you have got yourself into a conflicting mess, I guess. Yes, flesh and spirit always clash and in all cases flesh will win, as long as we live; hence there is no point in attempting to “conquer” as some hermits do. Well, this does not mean that we can completely stop resisting the conquest, but my point is that the flesh is not the “flesh” that the dictionary defines. For instance, people always try to separate “thought” and “action”; e.g., “sinful thought” and “sinful action”. What they fail to understand is that both are the same, after all, action is the manifestation of thought and it is the root of all actions! In other words, just because the thought has not manifested into action, it does not mean that the consequences of the uncommitted action are absent (maybe in mortal terms, but not true in the spiritual realm). So this idea of binding action alone to flesh is incomplete. Flesh encompasses the thought as well as the action that proceeds from the same thought. Hence conquering action should start from conquering the thought, which you know how futile would that attempt be!!

More confused than before, uh??…..

Regards,

Priscilla

p.s. With no surprise, this rationale holds good for righteousness as well. Although incomparable to the purity of heaven, the 2 cent offering by the poor woman was considered an act of rigorousness than a pompous contribution by the rich (hope you can recollect this incident in the Bible)

—– Original Message —–

From: ArulMozhi
To: Priscilla

Hi Prisci,

I really appreciate your reply. There is a profound reality to it. I appreciate your sincerity and truthfullness. Accepting what life offers is just great. Acceptance is the key word here.

There has always been the fight between the will and the mind and Adam did decide to go for the forbidden fruit and from that day we moved further away from eternal peace.

Good to hear that you are pretty busy. Has the school started for your son? How is your daughter doing? probably running around and testing out what can be broken:-)

Arul 

—–Original Message—–

From: Priscilla Edward
To: ArulMozhi

….BTW, Adam when accepted his wife’s offer to sin he did not fight between his will and his mind (you mean spirit and flesh I guess); he just did it because he CHOOSE to ignore his subordination to God and CHOOSE to rebel against the HIM (the authority) by CHOOSING to obey his subordinate (his wife & the serpent). I know what you are thinking; yes he did have the freewill to choose between “dos” and “don’ts” before the fall. The fight between the spirit and the flesh started after the fall as the consequence of the curse. In fact, the thing that we call “fight” between the spirit and flesh is actually the rebel that the flesh (subordinate) is putting against the spirit (the authority), exactly the same way how he did it against his the authority. This is the current pathetic state of a human who cannot have the flesh obey his own spirit, for that matter the entire creation which was supposed to be subordinate to him actually rebels against him! Nevertheless, because of one sacrifice (the LAMB of God) this curse will been be removed and we will be given a new body that which obeys the spirit. When? Upon resurrection!

Good topic to ponder and keep you busy too…

Regards,

Priscilla

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