The old way of the Law (part 4)

Why are people you meet constantly moaning about their lot in life, judging other people for how they dress or how they talk, or worrying themselves to death about their family, their health, their finances and the future of the Free World? None of their complaining, judging or worrying helps them, and it doesn’t help anyone who has to listen to them prattling on either. So why do it? 

Paul has a shocking surprise for them. It’s because of this “other law at work, waging war against the law of my (their) mind,” Romans 7:23. And this law is so powerful you can’t just shove the wretched creature out into the street because, unfortunately, it’s part of us. Wherever we go, it’s always there in the passenger seat, babbling its insanity into our heads.

And before Paul became a Christian, that was life for him too. And it came to boiling point eventually. He couldn’t stand it any longer, and he burst out in verse 24 with, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” 

And that’s the question, isn’t it? – when we discover, to our horror, that we’ve never actually been in control of our lives at all, and human beings are really nothing more than robots in the hands of this other creature, who can manoeuvre us in whatever direction it wishes. We can totally hate the thoughts this other creature makes us think, but its thoughts just keep popping into our heads – and there’s never a day we can stop them. And if we try to think right thoughts instead, it only stirs up the wretched creature even more.

It is horrible realizing, as Paul eventually realized as well, that we live in a “body of death.” What a horrible situation to be in, living inside a body that isn’t the least bit interested in preserving us, or in any way making life turn out for the best for us. it’s mad. It’s completely insane, nuts from top to bottom, because all it wants to do is make life miserable for us, make us critical, negative and ready for a fight at the slightest provocation, and it doesn’t care one bit if we come off worse in a scrap or destroy a relationship by saying something stupid. It hates us! No wonder Paul cried out, “Help, please, anyone, get me out of this body that’s out to kill me!”

And at that point, when he knew there was nothing he could do to help himself, he found the help he was looking for ….. (continues in “The new way of the Spirit”) 


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