Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #22
Paul tells us in Romans 7:23 that the law of sin is in our flesh and body and it is warring against our mind. I want to point out the struggle that Paul is talking about because we are broken up into three parts. Our body is our five senses and the Bible calls it the flesh or the outer man or the natural man. Our mind is our reasoning power driven by our will, intellect, emotions and memory. Then there is our spirit. Paul is saying sin still resides in our flesh and left unchecked our body will always want to gratify itself. This leaves our mind in the middle of this struggle. Our body tells us to do this or that which is wrong and when our mind agrees, it is sin.
Now, on the other side we have our spirit telling us not go forward and this is the law of God or the Word of God. As Christians, this is the daily struggle we have because we know the Word of God tells us one thing and Satan or our flesh tells us another thing. There is a tug-of-war going on between the two voices for control of the mind and we must learn how to overcome this struggle. Let’s look at the Garden of Gethsemane because this is where Jesus struggled.
In His soulish realm Jesus was in agony because he knew He was about to be crucified. Jesus wrote the Psalm that tells us He roared in pain on the cross and His bones were out of joint. He wrote about His shame and the crown of thorns and the false accusation made of Him. The Son of God knew all this because He wrote about it, then confronted with it He said, “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). In His body, Jesus was sweating great drops of blood because His mind was in agony, but His Spirit fought against His mind and Jesus obeyed the Father.
On a much smaller scale we have the same daily struggles because we are confronted with opportunities to sin all the time. We are confronted in our body, the world system, Satan, and even our friends and families sometimes tell us to do things that are not God’s will leaving us with decision to make in our mind. While our spirit is saved and alive to God, our mind can still take us with one single word from complete happiness and obedience to God, into great depression and disobedience. This is because our minds are all over the place and the struggle now is for the salvation of the mind and the soul.