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We believe in the Holy Trinity

Romans 7:12-25

 V 24 –25 “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Apostle Paul in Romans 7:12 through 25 describes the relationship between the law and human sinfulness. As a Christian he wants to do what is right but finds himself doing what is sinful instead. Paul understands sin, his own sin specifically, because of the law. Paul states that although our intentions may be for good, we still end up in sin.

Sin deceives us into thinking that we have our life under control. However, at the right circumstance, sin springs into being, overpowers our will, and make us do things we never dreamed we would do. Sin is like a powerful, idling engine, which roars into life at the touch of the accelerator. Paul says that even though he determines not to do what is bad, he suddenly finds himself in such circumstances that his determination melts away, his resolve is gone, and he ends up doing what he had sworn not to do.

What is the law for? The law is designed to expose these sins, and makes us understand the evil force that we have inherited by our birth into this fallen human race. Human beings are complicated creatures.  We have within us a spirit, a soul, and a body. These are distinct, one from the other. What Paul is suggesting here is that the redeemed spirit never wants to do what God has prohibited. It agrees with the Law that it is good. And yet there is an alien power, a force that he calls sin, a great beast that is lying still within us.
Paul states, "It is no longer I who do it; it is sin living in me." Sin when touched by the commandment of the Law springs to life, and makes us do what we do not want to do.

 We all struggle with sin. If we think that our will is strong enough to control evil in our lives by simply determining to do so, then we will fail miserably. Then the cry of the heart at that moment is “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”, then we are ready for the answer,- through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Christ died on the cross of Calvary for our sins, rose again, and he has come into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit in order that we who believe in him might be free. 
Thank you, Father, for your teachings from this passage. Help us to understand that we are free from the Law. We cannot control ourselves or deliver ourselves from evil, but we believe that the Holy Trinity - God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit can deliver us from all the bondage of sins and can give us eternal life with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the spirit, if the spirit of God lives in you. Rom 8:9a  

Jishu Samuel, St. Thomas MTC, Yonkers, NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma ChurchH

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