Romans 6:19 ( posted 1-30-14 )
“ I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. “
“ I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: “
The Greek word “ astheneian “ translated “ infirmity “ means weakness, disease, sickness, feebleness of mind and body, moral frailty.
“ Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeediswilling, but the fleshisweak.“ Matthew 26:41
Paul is talking to the Roman followers of Jesus on their level because he admits he struggles with sin like they do.
“ For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. “ Romans 7:19
Take note that Paul was not willfully living in sin, loving sin.
This is the difference between sinning and willfully living in sin and enjoying it.
Paul declared in the present tense, not past tense about himself;
“ O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? “ Romans 7: 24
Yes, Paul did say;
“ that I am! “
Not, I was.
The same Paul that declared to be perfect in Christ also said he was presently “ wretched “.
The difference between Paul and a born again christian living in willful sin as a lifestyle is that Paul did not fantasize of willfully committing sin against the Lord.
The writer of Hebrews said;
“ For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. “ Hebrews 10:26-27
“ for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. “
Again, rather than lusting for, living for and loving sin and fantasizing of what sin or sins to commit for fun, change our desire to that of the new creature God made in us when we came to believe in Jesus His Son and now follow after righteousness.
Jesus clearly said;
“ Blessedarethey which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.“ Matthew 5:6
If we do this, we do not have to be concerned about our inner faith changing and becoming apostate.
It is difficult to keep our faith in “ the faith “ while willfully living in sin.
I will continue with verse 20 in the next study.
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