How Are You Doing With That Corpse Hanging From Your Neck?

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God —through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.  Romans 7:24,25.

“This body of death.” The Apostle Paul paints a graphic word picture that describes our old sinful nature. We having been born-again and repented of our sins quickly realize that our old man is still following us. In Paul’s day if you committed murder, you would be chained to the body of the victim for one year and had better not remove it.

Unlike the ancient Romans, our corpse will never leave us until death. Oh, how we long for deliverance. Nevertheless, our despair gives way to a declaration of victory, not because the struggle ceases, but because human strength is exceed by the power of the Holy Spirit of God.

In yesterday’s post on the works of the flesh, we see that these works are thermostatically controlled by our lusts, desires, and passions (carnal nature, the corpse) and exerts a strong pull to fulfill the urges to be ratified, gratified, and satisfied.

In opposition to that, pull is the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit who by grace turns down the thermostat to the dead zone and encourages us to Walk with Him and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

He is: “leaving it all up to you…you decide what you’re going to do.”  As the old song goes. In contrast to works, the playground of the old nature, we have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

These virtues are characterized as fruit in contrast to “works.”  Only the Holy Spirit can produce them, not our own efforts. Another contrast is that, the works of the flesh are plural, the fruit of the Spirit is one and indivisible.

When the Holy Spirit fully controls the life of a believer, He produces all of these graces.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 04:02:20

    This has been a very good series, Manny. I really understand what Paul was saying here. Any man that says he has no sin deceives himself and the truth is not in him.

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    • Mannyr
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:26:28

      I always remember my first Pastor describing our sinful nature as the corpse hanging around our neck. it seems to still bring thoughts as to how much we and our sins stink.

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  3. Chris
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 05:09:11

    That is a very good description!

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