Scripture Reading: Romans 8:2-8
There are those who declare, "I was once a sinner, but now 1 am saved by grace." There are others who confess, "I am only a sinner, saved by grace." Our apostle makes unmistakably clear which of these statements is valid. As a saint of God, Paul bemoans, "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good 1 find not" (Romans TIS).
Those who claim to be in a state of "sinless perfection" will do well to heed Paul's words. He goes on to say in verse 21, "I find then a law, that, when 1 would do good, evil is present with me." Pray tell, Mr. Self-Righteous, if you are without capability to sin, to what purpose does the Apostle plead with us to "be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2)!
Were we not still burdened with our body of clay, there would be no need for exhortations to perform that which pleases God. Ifwe would preserve our joyful relationship with the Lord of our life, we must choose the walk, "not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:4b). Paul unabashedly confesses that he is incapable of victory by his own effort. Victory, nevertheless, is at hand. "0 unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that 1 am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? 0 thank God! He will through Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, our Lord!" (Romans T24-2sa,
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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