KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 7:25. “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”.
In our previous study we looked at the place the mind plays in leading a holy life. What information or revelation from God’s word must we have so we could lead that holy life?
Romans 7 reveals the great struggles most people, or better still a number of Christians. go through. Let’s consider some of the statements Paul made in verses 14 and 15 “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Please note that Paul’s remarks in these verses are referring to his life under the law and not after he received Christ If he said I am carnal sold under sin, then he could not be under grace but under the law. The sad truth is that there are a number of Christians going through such a struggle. The very wrong things they don’t want to do, that is what they do. Paul’s solution is still our solution.
In Romans 7:25 he said the following. “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”. Please note a point he made,” with my mind I serve the law of God “What was the information that his mind came to acknowledge? He came to acknowledge his identification with Christ in his death burial and resurrection. In actual fact he maintained what I call the Christ *consciousness*.
The Christ consciousness is revealed in Paul’s statement in Galatians 2:20. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in * the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”.* Apostle Paul says over here that in his mind he accepts that or reckons that it is no longer Paul who is alive in his body but the Spirit of Christ that has taken over his body. If Christ is alive in him then fornication has no power over him. Hatred and evil desires cannot run amok in him. His mind acknowledges the very presence of Christ working actively through him.
Dear child of God you need to hold the Christ consciousness and not Mr. A or B with those weaknesses. Christ has no weakness. Accept by virtue of his presence in you, you also don’t have any of those weaknesses. Decide to live as Christ lived, exhibiting true holiness with ease
Romans 6:6. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.
Romans 6:11& 12. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof”.