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See our Privacy Policy and User Agreement for details. Published on Jul 21, We are at war. Our greatest war is not against physical opposition, or even other people. Our greatest war is within ourselves.


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Embed Size px. Start on. There is never a white flag waved in this skirmish. There is never a ceasefire. The battle is ever ongoing. If you do feel the intensity of this internal strife, it is because you are converted to Christ. Once you have been justified by faith, an internal battle ensues within you. There is a new desire within every believer that desires to do right. We now love God, the church, the truth, and the will of God.

But there are other desires in us that love our self and the world. The result is is an internal tug-of-war.

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This passage in Romans gives us the first-hand account of the battle between the new nature and the sinful flesh within the apostle Paul. He writes these verses as a mature believer in Christ. Paul is in a fight for holiness, just as you and I are. We must take action to buffet our body and make it our slave. We must resist temptation and fight the good fight. We must resist temptation and flee immorality.

The Christian life is a fight for holiness. This battle within us is real, intense, ongoing, internal, spiritual, and found within all true believers. These verses are like looking into a mirror and seeing the struggle with sin that resides within each one of us. The Bible speaks with perfect accuracy regarding our human condition. It reveals the very worst about man. This is yet another evidence that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God.

If this were merely a human book, it would present man in the very best light, always putting his best foot forward.

But that is not what we read in the Scripture. Instead, we discover in its pages the real struggle with sin that a believer faces. This was his experience even as a mature believer in Jesus Christ.

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We will discover seven realities of sin found within Paul, as well as within every believer. In the first half of verse 15, we see that sin is a perplexing mystery. Notice that this is written in the present tense.


Paul is not looking to his past before his conversion to Christ. He is not referencing his life when he was still a Pharisee, a Hebrew of Hebrews, looking for righteousness by his own merit. He is writing this in the present tense, addressing his present condition as he lives his Christian life. This struggle with sin is what is so baffling to Paul.

As a mature believer, he does not understand why he is still sinning, when he has a new heart that loves God.

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Why does he still sin when he has a new nature with new affections, and the Holy Spirit now lives inside of him? He cannot understand why he still sins. It is bewildering to Paul. This is a point of major frustration, because he desires godliness and holiness. But he keeps falling into sin. Paul is confused and baffled by this inexplicable mystery about himself. For those of us who are believers, this should be an echo of the perplexity we should feel within our own hearts.

When we end the day in prayer, there are sins we must confess that make no sense why we would commit them. Egotism, greed, lust, worldliness, covetousness, and many other sins still rear their ugly heads in our lives. We wonder why they continue to plague us. Sin is a perplexing mystery. Why do we still practice sin if we have been born again? Paul then describes his struggle with sin as a total contradiction with his new nature that is created in holiness.

Paul says that what he wants to do, he knows that he is not practicing. And what he is doing is the very thing that he hates. Everything in his life is inverted. What he does not want to do, he does. What he does want to do, he does not do. There is both a negative and a positive aspect to this inverted dilemma. He commits both sins of omission and commission. Sins of omission are what he does not do, but should have done. Sins of commission are what he does, but should not have done. This is another reason why Paul is referring to himself as a believer. Unbelievers do not want to pursue holiness. Unbelievers do not want to deny themselves and take up their cross to follow Christ.

By contrast, believers do not want to be antinomian, because God has given them a new hunger and thirst to keep His word.