Grace Debrief 8/20/17
I get it. It's not shocking news to learn that sin causes problems. And it's not news that God's moral code is holy and good. What is surprising is what the law, in tandem with our sin and our human attempts to fix the problem, produces inside of us.
It produces war. Inside. Our. Hearts.
Read Romans 7:14-23. When you do, you'll notice a few things. First, Paul turns to using first person singular, present tense language. Second, he writes in a way that conveys frustration and discouragement. Third, what he says will be very familiar. Why?
Because he is describing his own battle, and it's one that all of us can relate to. Simply put, we KNOW what the right thing to do is, we even WANT to do the right thing, and we TRY to do it, but we can't seem to pull it off. In our own strength, using all the resolve and determination we can muster - what Paul calls the flesh - we still can't seem to do what is right.
Paul knows. And he cries out in despair, "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" Maybe you've been there. Maybe you know.
Paul does not leave us there. Because, while his experience is something we all share, he HAS discovered the solution: "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
So, how does that work? We'll pick up that question on September 10. But if you want a clue, you can find it in Romans 7.