Monday, February 26, 2007
Everything that we spend our lives to get is sawdust outside of the spiritual. ...You know, this is a fantastic chapter: Romans 8.
Verse 1 says, "There is therefore now no comdemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Now come down to verse 6: "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Now how can you harmonize death and life?
A man called me yesterday, and talked, I'm sure, 40 to 50 minutes. Oh, he was in despair about the carnality mastering his life.
"Oh, I'm a Christian... I'm sanctified..."
I said, "You are?"
"Yeah, but something carnal dominates me."
"Well, that's ridiculous. How can you be carnally dominated if you're spiritual? This scripture is very clear: 'To be carnally minded is death!' "
I think preachers are the devil's advocates very often. They defend sin better than an atheist. They say, "You can't get rid of sin this side of eternity. It has to have dominion over you." when the scripture says it doesn't...
Oh, this man had one sin of the flesh that mastered him, and he could not in any shape or form get the victory over it. I said, "Well, get it nailed to the cross. That's the answer."
Somehow preachers love to fall back on Romans 7, don't they? Here is (one of) the greatest men who ever lived (Paul)... The apostle did not finish up in Romans 7, there happens to be a Romans 8! It happens to be in the Greek (translation) that there is no difference. There is no division (chapters in the letter). That is an artificial division! Paul says there's no answer in the law. "Oh wretched man that I am..." Sure he says that! (But he also says) "Who shall deliver me... from the body of this death?" Well, if he stopped there, we'd be in trouble! He says, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" That's why he starts Romans 8: "There is therefore now no comdemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE..."
- Leonard Ravenhill
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