CHRIST DOES NOT SET US FREE, HE MAKE US FREE.


CHRIST DOES NOT SET US FREE. HE MAKE US FREE.

“Wait a minute Mr. Preacher,” Someone might possibly say, “Are you saying Jesus does not set us free from sin? Didn’t you read in your Bible that “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free . . . If the Son therefore shall set you free, ye shall be free indeed John 8:32, 36?” I will reply by saying, the Scripture didn’t say “the truth shall set you free” rather the Scripture say, “the truth shall make you” and “the Son shall make you free.” That is why we need to use a good Bible translation. It will be advisable to make us of the KJV translation. The NIV translated it as set free, but in the KJV it is translated as make free. In fact no where can we find the phrase set free applied to Jesus or salvation, it is always make or made free. Someone might possibly ask, “Why is this so important? It doesn’t matter if Jesus set us free or make us free, all that matters is that we are free.” To such person is this article written.

The Mission of Christ

Jesus mission into this world is to save His people from their sin. It is written of Him.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.

He was also revealed to save His people from the works of the Devil and the works of the Devil is the works of the flesh.

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21.

Jesus came into this world to make us free from sin. Jesus is in the making free business and not the setting free business. It is true that sin is like a cord that binds us to Satan and the world and we become his goods or his slave. But one cannot be bound up with a cord or chain without first being captured or entrapped as a slave.

Proverbs 5:22 clarifies this: “His own iniquities shall take [entrap] the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.” First we are entrapped or taken before we are held with the cords of our sin. Sin destroys the image of God in us and when tasted leaves us spiritually dead, lifeless and in bondage. Those who are bound by the cord and chain of sin are slaves to sin; they are regarded as slaves to another power stronger than them. Jesus made this clear in John 8:34-37 when he was speaking to the Jews:

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.”

The word servant in verse 34 literally means bondservant or slave. A slave is one sold to another person called master or lord. Paul further made it clear in Romans 7:14 where he wrote that he is carnal “sold under sin.” The master is sin or the sinful practices which we indulge in either openly or secretly. Satan, through the fleshly passion of our carnal heart, binds us to himself that we may do his bidding and makes us is rightful captives. Satan, through the sinful passions or sinful practices, becomes our master or what Jesus calls the strong man of our life.

The strong man and the Stronger Man

Jesus gave a parable about the strong man and the Stronger Man that overcomes him in Luke 11:21-22.

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.”

The strong man that is armed and that keeps his goods is Satan. His goods is man, those that are under his slavish power, those who have committed sin and are in bondage. The Stronger Man is Jesus who will come upon him and overcome him and rescues the slave from his armour and he will then destroy his power. But it is interesting to note how the Holy Spirit further explains this in the account of Mark. In Mark 3:27, the Holy Spirit explained to us how this Stronger Man was to rescue or save His good from the bondage of the strong man.

“No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.”

The Bible says, the first thing the Stronger Man will have to do is to first bind the strong man before he can spoil his house. This means, before Jesus, the Stronger Man, will begin the cleansing of the soul, the soul that was once in bondage to sin, He would have to first bind up Satan, the strong man, under whom we were held in bondage through our sinful passions, lustful desires, fleshly desires and the evil of our nature. If Jesus does not first bind up the strong man [the power of Satan through the fleshly and sinful passion of our nature] we cannot become free from sin.

It should be noted that the binding of Satan in this regard should not be mistaken to be the same as the binding of Satan during the 1000 years millennial reign of the saints with Christ in Revelation 20:1-3. Again it is imperative to note that the binding of Satan in this article is the binding of his power over us. Satan’s power over his subject is found in the sin that they commit. This sin reside in the carnal heart of man. Jesus said out of within proceed every evil things such as murder, adultery, hatered, lies, fornication etc. [Mark 7:21-23]. Those are partake in the sin that resides in the heart or cherish them are partakers of the nature of Satan. Therefore they are of Satan and they are his rightful goods which are guarded with arms and weapon. Apostle John make this clear in 1 John 3:8 that, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.” Only Jesus has the power to deliver from the hand of this strong man because we are naturally weak and dead in sin.

If Jesus sets us free without first binding the strong man, the strong man will rise up again to hold us in bondage. The way of Salvation is not to set us free but rather to make us free. We are made free when the old man, the flesh, the body of sin or the power of sin is bounded up by the power of Christ while the chain and cord of sin is consumed by the consuming fire of God. In order for the Stronger Man, Jesus, to make us free, He would have to first bind the strong man and then do the cleaning up of the house as we cooperate with Him. The strong man have to remain bound and dead before we can receive our salvation from sinful habit and sinful life style.

Can we be entangled again by Sin?

Definitely yes! Jesus bind the strong man but He does not bind our will power of choice. When the power of sin in the flesh are bound up by the power of Christ divine nature which is imputed and implanted into us, we are immediately made free from the power of sin and death but this freedom in Christ does not mean our choices are taken away from us. Paul wrote: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. That mean it is possible to be entangled again with the bondage of sin.

Someone may ask, “How is this possible? But I thought the strong man was already held bound by the power of Jesus?”

It is possible to be entangled again to sin when we, through the choices that we make, set loose the evil passions of our sinful nature that Jesus had previously placed in bondage. It is truthful said: “You cannot defeat the demons you enjoy playing with.” When we give ourselves as instrument of unrighteousness we are going back to bondage and we are setting free the strong man which was previously held bound by the power of Jesus. For it is written in Romans 6:13, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” This means that it is possible to yield our members [body, mind and desires] as instruments of unrighteousness or instruments of unrighteousness.

Jesus will make you free

Jesus will make you free, if you allow him to bind the strong man in your life. So long the strong man is bound up and remains in this state, you will walk in liberty and freedom and in victory. How does Jesus accomplish this act? It is through the cross. The strong man is bound up by the crucifixion of the flesh on the cross. The flesh must remain on the cross in order for us to experience victory daily. For us not to serve sin, the body of sin must be crucified and remain dead. It is written in Romans 6:6-7, 12:

“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. For he that is dead is freed from sin . . . Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”

For us not to obey the lust of the flesh, sin must not reign in our mortal body. For sin not to reign in the mortal body is to be kept impaled on the cross. This impaling of the flesh on the cross is done by reckoning ourselves dead to sin by faith. Through crucifixion the sinful flesh is held bound and man is made free. Freedom in Christ is the same as being made new in Christ Jesus; we are no more slaves of our sinful passion or to Satan or the strong man, but we are now slaves of Christ, the Stronger Man. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” Romans 6:22; 2 Cor. 5:17.

Summary and Concluding Remarks

If Jesus sets us free from sin while the strong man, old man, the sinful passions, the body of sin, the carnal mind and the evil heart is not held bound by impaling it to the cross, we will certainly not have victory over our sin and we shall be living believing we are in saved. But if Christ first binds Satan, who works through the strong man, the old man, the sinful passion, the body of sin, the carnal mind and the evil heart then the Stronger Man, Jesus can take his time to make us free, to make us new and make us a new creature. Jesus is able to put under his power the strong man in order to make us free. When He makes us free, we are free indeed and remain so as long as the strong man or old nature or sinful flesh remain on the cross crucified and dead. Are you willing to be made free in Christ Jesus while the sinful passion is held bound, or are you willing to be set free from sin while the sinful passions is let loose and free to harass you over and over again? The choice is your today to make.

 

HOW TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND (Part two)


In Part one  we concluded with the thought that the only condition for this woman [you and I], who desire to gain deliverance form the bondage of her despotic husband, is to kill her husband [flesh, carnal mind, Old man, Old husband, body of sin]. But the question not answered in part one is this:

“Who does the killing; the woman or another?”

This is what we will seek to answer in this second part as we study from the Bible.

WAIT A MINUTE!

Do not read further unless you read part one on this topic. Your understanding of part two is based entirely on part one. Do well to read it before forging ahead.

THE FIRST MARRIAGE

We were able to identify, unequivocally, from the Scripture that the woman married to Satan (under the auspices of the old husband, old man, body of sin and carnal mind) is all humanity- all born of Adam. Therefore for us to successfully kill our husband, we need to know how we initially got ourselves into this unpleasant marriage. We need to ask:

“When was the first marriage with Satan/flesh/carnal mind consummated?”

It is written:

“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men (including you and I), for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12. (Emphasis supplied)

The following statement will clarify this text better:

“As a result of Adam’s disobedience every human being is a transgressor of the law, sold under sin. Unless he repents and is converted, he is under bondage to the law, serving Satan, falling into the deceptions of the enemy, and bearing witness against the precepts of Jehovah.”- Heavenly Places, p. 146.

“When man transgressed the divine law, his nature became evil, and he was in harmony, and not at variance, with Satan. There exists naturally no enmity between sinful man and the originator of sin. Both became evil through apostasy.” – The Great Controversy (1911), p. 505.

Adam and Even dissolved their original marriage with Christ, which was consummated in the beginning of creation at Eden, and joined themselves to another husband when they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:16, 17; 3:1-7). The result of that disobedience was a natural bent to evil that was transferred to their offspring. Adam and Eve lost their first marriage through spiritual adultery and married Satan. Ellen G. White, commenting on Genesis 3, wrote the following:

“The result of the eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is manifest in every man’s experience. There is in his nature a bent to evil, a force which, unaided, he cannot resist.”- Education, p. 29.

Our marriage was consummated on our behalf at Eden by our first parents. We were born into this world with a sinful, fallen, degraded nature. We came with a carnal mind bent to do evil and desperately wicked. We all are naturally in harmony with Satan and love to do his bidding.

Satan becomes the first husband the moment a child is born into this world. No one is born holy except the Son of God, although the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came into this world with a sinful flesh to do that which man could not do. He received all that Adam could pass to his posterity. But Jesus, though man, he was born of the The Holy Spirit at birth.

It is written of Christ:

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:3, 4.

Mrs. White also wrote:

No man inherits holiness as a birthright, nor can he, by any methods that he can devise, become loyal to God. “Without me,” Christ says, “ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Human righteousness is as “filthy rags.” But with God all things are possible. In the strength of the Redeemer, weak, erring man can become more than conqueror over the evil that besets him.”- Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 310.   

Our birthright is sinfulness and filthiness. All are born with a carnal mind which is enmity with God. (Romans 8:7). None of us were consulted in the first marriage with Satan. Our first parent contracted the marriage on our behalf and we all found ourselves in this pathetic situation. By nature, humanity became the lawful captive of Satan. We were plunged into the bondage and despotic power of Satan the sin master.

Again Mrs. White wrote beautifully:

By nature we are alienated from God. The Holy Spirit describes our condition in such words as these: “Dead in trespasses and sins;” “the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint;” “no soundness in it.” We are held fast in the snare of Satan, “taken captive by him at his will.” Ephesians 2:1; Isaiah 1:5, 6; 2 Timothy 2:26.” – Steps to Christ, p. 43.

In fact Mrs. White said all born of Adam are lawful captive of Satan.

Fallen man is Satan’slawful captive. The missionof Jesus Christ was to rescue him from his power. Man is naturally inclined to follow Satan’s suggestions, and he cannot of himself successfully resist so terrible a foe, unless Christ, the mighty conqueror, dwells in him, guiding his desires, and giving him strength.”- Messages to Young People, p. 51

THE STRONGER MAN

To recap: The woman represent all humanity from the fall of Adam to the end of time. We were given to marriage against our will into the captive of Satan and we all long to be delivered from his cruelty. We are powerless to deliver ourselves because the flesh is weak. Since that which is born of the flesh is flesh we can not obey the Law of God. We may will it, but to perform that which is willed is not there. Satan, through his despotic power of the carnal mind or the evil seed planted in us, is far stronger than us to deliver ourselves from his bondage or unpleasant marriage.

As we struggle daily in our own futile strength and plead for deliverance from this body of death, a glimpse of light from another Man, Jesus Christ, shines in our heart. As this Man continue to woo us and convict us through His Holy spirit to accept Him as our new husband, we begin to see the sinfulness of our sin and greatly desire to contract a new marriage with Him. The most fascinating thing about this New Man is His supernatural power. His divine power is exceedingly and abundantly greater than the old husband. This New Man is far stronger than the old man making it possible for Him to totally eradicate and destroy the old man and give deliverance to the woman which in this case is you and I. Another interesting thing is that, it is this same Man who justifies us in the court of Law. He is our advocate and our high priest. When we are brought to the judgement bar, as a result of the Law condemning us, this Man will be our Advocate to justify us.

Jesus emphatically said:

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” Luke 11:21-22.

The first strong man that keeps his goods is Satan. His rightful goods which he keeps is man or humanity. We are is rightful property because Adam sold us to him. Satan stole us from our original Husband and no one can rightfully take man out of his hand because he is strong and armed. All born of Adam are in bondage to his cruel power through the carnal mind or sinful mind that all were born with. This carnal mind is the power of Satan to led us to sin. Satan is powerless without the carnal mind. The carnal mind is his abode to rule over man. But the good news is this: There is another stronger than he and His name is JESUS CHRIST.

This stronger man “shall come upon him, and overcome him” if only we surrender our helpless will to Him. Jesus Christ will take from him all his goods and make them free. For it is written of Christ, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36.

The Son does not just set us free while the sin-master is living, far be it! rather the Son of God make us free. Jesus is in the businessnof making us free and not setting us free while the carnal mind is still alive. This is the exact reading of the text. The Son of God bids the old man/husband while he makes us free and to spoil his house. The Son of God, according to Luke 11:22, said, he “shall come upon him, and overcome” Satan. Mark, writing of the same account of the strong and stronger man said, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Mark 3:27. Jesus will not only set us free but he will make us free while at the same time He binds the strong man.

Jesus, through Isaiah said:

“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? Thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” Isaiah 49:24, 25. Jesus promises to contend with Satan in out behalf. He said he will save us and our children [fruits] from his hand.

Please it should be clearly noted that at this point Satan is not yet literally bounded when we are delivered from sin or experience this new life, he will experience his literal bounding at the beginning of millennium reign when Christ shall come the second time.

The experience noted in this article is a spiritual work that Christ does in us and for us. It is only Christ that can deliver us from the despotic power of the carnal mind. What is bounded is the power of Satan which is the power of sin that reside in the flesh. This power is the carnal mind that is enmity towards God. This power must be taken away and destroyed by Christ.

Satan, after we experience this new life in Christ, will still be well and alive, even to tempt us and test us. He will persecute us, bring sickness, and throw blocks before us to make us stubble as we walk the new life in the Spirit. But we must not succumb to his tactics and allurement. So long we put on the lord Jesus Christ and we do not make provision for the flesh we shall not sin or fulfill the lust thereof (Romans 13:14).

But it is a sad news that many of us do not really desire to be made free from the attachment of the old husband. We enjoy to do his bidding because sin is sweet. Until we come to the point in our life when we say with Christ, “Lo, I come . . . to do thy will, O God” we shall continue to do the will of Satan which is nothing more than transgressing the Law of God (Hebrew 10:7).

The question we need to ask ourselves is this: “HOW IS THE OLD MAN DESTROYED?”

We have seen that Christ is the one who does the killing of the despotic husband but we have not yet answered how he does this. This would be answered in Part three.

HOW TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND (Part One)


As a married woman, have you ever wished your husband were dead in order to have peace of mind and freedom to do whatever you desire doing?

Someone might say right now:

“I do hate my HUSBAND. He is rude, controlling, unbearable, immoral, demanding, wicked, insulting, harsh, dictatorial, unloving, fornicator etc. I hate him. I know when he goes out with his friends, he is busy watching other women lustfully and cheating on me. He is such a creep! He is such a pervert! I am so full of rage right now and I feel like breaking something. I just wish I had never met him. Why can’t he just die or leave me alone that I might have peace? My God I can’t stand it anymore! HOW CAN I KILL THIS WICKED HUSBAND OF MINE?

Well i have a good news for you. THERE IS A WAY OUT! But in this case we are not talking about your literal husband whom you are married to but your spiritual husband, even Satan, whose power reside in the flesh or carnal mind. Therefore, this article is not a “how to kill your spouse” article and i am not advocating for anyone to do that. The husband is the Satan but Satan cannot be killed until christ’s coming after 1000 years in heaven, but Satan works through the medium of the Old man, body of death, flesh or the carnal mind. Therefore it is the flesh or carnal mind that must be killed or put to death.

You are not alone in this predicament. All born of Adam, born of flesh and blood, are experiencing this same issue and the Bible has given us the answer to this question. To know how to KILL YOUR HUSBAND, you must follow this series of article till the end in order to grasp the solution. Let us begin with the marriage problem.

THE MARRIAGE PROBLEM

Just as the earthly sanctuary was given to Moses as an illustration of the heavenly Sanctuary, God has designed the earthly marriage between male and female to be an illustration of the heavenly/spiritual marriage between Christ and His church. For it is written:

“But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual.” 1 Cor. 15:46 (RSV).

The physical or natural (KJV) comes first before the spiritual. This is an important Biblical principle which we need to take note of. The Lord likens the earthly or physical things of this world to the things of heaven because our feeble and weak mind cannot fully comprehend the kingdom of God. Christ during his earthly ministry used the things of nature; the things around us to explain the kingdom of God. Thus, Paul in Romans 7 chose the marriage relationship as a proper illustration of the Gospel truth.

Roman 7:1-6 is what I regard as the Gospel of Jesus Christ simplified. Although much of what Paul wrote is “hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest . . . unto their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16. But as we shall see in this study that Romans 7 is one of the simplest illustration of the Gospel truth that one could ever find in the scripture.

Let us carefully and prayerfully read what the following verses:

Romans 7:1-6

“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”

An Explanation

God said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Gen 2:24.

It is the law of God that binds both parties together to become one flesh and not two. This law is the law of marriage instituted by god himself. It is the moral law. The man and the woman are united together in mind and spirit and no man is allowed to separate them because the Lord has joined them together (Matthew 19:5, 6). The Law has dominion over a man (or woman) as long as he (or she) lives. (Rom 7:1; 1 Cor. 7:39). He (or she) cannot leave the marriage or break the marriage covenant to marry another person without any genuine reason. If he or she leaves the marriage or break the marriage covenant for another marriage relationship, while the first husband is still alive, the Law will condemn such person for committing adultery (Rom 7:3).

The nature of this marriage is explained as follows:

We see a woman who is tired and frustrated of her marriage. She finds herself bound to the law of marriage against her will. She didn’t bargain for such a marriage. Her husband is cruel, wicked, abusive, harsh, unloving and also controls her against her will to do evil. He is a dictator; forcing her to perform the evil which she wouldn’t want to perform. She finds herself under a severe bondage. She cries daily to be delivered from such unsympathetic and inconsiderate husband. As she lay on her bed daily, she often thinks of how to kill her husband. She reason daily, “How on earth can I free myself from my evil Husband?”

She only has two options before her. These two options were given by Jesus and Apostle Paul.

  1. Adultery: The woman can give her husband a letter of divorce to terminate the marriage if she catches her husband in the act of adultery. By doing this she is permitted to marry another person of her choice and she is free from the condemnation of the law. She can also decide to commit adultery with another man in order to receive a letter of divorce from her husband which will bring freedom from her cruel husband. “It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Mat 5:31-32 (c.f Matt 19:7-9).
  2. Death: When the man dies then the woman is free to marry another person of her choice. “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” Rom 7:2-3 (c.f 1 Cor. 7:39).

The first option of adultery is broken into two. That is, the man committing adultery or the woman committing adultery. In the case of the desperate and frustrated woman illustrated above, the husband would not opt for the option of committing adultery. He is so attached to the woman that he wouldn’t have time to commit adultery with another woman. Even if he commits adultery with another, he is so clever in the act that he can never be caughtb for it is only when you are caught in the act of adultery can the woman write a letter of divorce. Therefore the cruel husband would not choose to leave the woman in any way.

The option of committing adultery by the woman is also very dangerous. You see, if the woman is caught committing adultery, the Law that binds her to her husband is the same law that will condemn her to death. In fact, like the woman taken in adultery in John 8:1-11, the law demands her life by stoning her to death (vs. 5). Therefore she cannot choose the option of committing adultery because she will either be jailed or put to death depending on the law of the land and this will even give the husband an upper hand of marrying another woman. She is not as clever as the husband for she would be caught if she commits adultery.

The woman is then left with the second option which is also broken into two.

The option of committing murder by killing her husband is in the same manner dangerous. The husband is far intelligent than her. He is smarter, wiser, and stronger than her. Therefore, she cannot even succeed a hairbreadth. If she is caught in the act of trying to kill her husband in her strength, power and cleverness, the law will condemn her and she shall be found guilty. The knowledge of this truth leads to a deeper frustration. She thought within herself:

“if only I can find a way to kill my husband and at the same time remain vindicated by the law for doing so, then I will be free. But how can I accomplish this plan?”

As she contemplates daily on how to accomplish her mission, Lo, she met another handsome looking Man who is in direct opposite, in every respect, to her present husband. This new Man is kind, loving, gentle, good, sympathetic, strong (even far stronger than her husband), smarter, far intelligent, caring, joyful and patient. “Living with him”, she reasoned, “will bring life, blessing, fruitfulness and peace to her bitter soul.”

But the problem is this:

The Law forbids any marriage outside her present marriage while her husband is still alive even though she desires to marry this new Man that is showing her all the love and kindness she ever desire. It is impossible to marry this new Man because the law will regard the act adulterous despite the much wooing from the new Man. In fact, contrary to his nature, this new Man cannot marry the woman until the old husband is dead. The solution to her despicable marriage is for her husband and her children to be done away with and eradicated before a new marriage can be consummated. She so much hates the husband that her fruits or children is loathed with passion. The only way she can achieve this solution is to look for someone who can kill her husband and her children and at the same time remain vindicated or justified. She needs a power outside of her present marriage that is far stronger than her that will do a clean job.

But the question yet to be answered is this: “Who can deliver her from this mess she has plunge into?”

THE APPLICATION

“Why all this” some one might ask.

In Romans 7:1-6 Paul was using the analogy of earthly marriage to explain our spiritual marriage or union with Satan (satan works through the flesh and all its passion) and Christ. The questions we now need to ask ourselves are these:

  1. Who is the woman in Romans 7?
  2. Who is the first husband?
  3. Who is the second man wooing her?
  4. What are the fruit unto God and fruit unto death?

The Woman

We are represented as the woman. It is clearly stated in Romans 7:4 which says:

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”

The First husband

The first husband in the actual and primary sense is Satan but in the secondary sense is the flesh. Paul said, “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” Rom 7:5.

“When we were in the flesh” could be compared to a woman living in the house with a man whom you are not in love with. The phrase “the motions of sins” reads “our sinful passions” in RSV. These sinful passions reside in the flesh. That means sinful passions or propensities are in our very nature. It is woven directly into our very being.

Ellet Joseph Waggoner rightly puts it:

Sin is in the heart of man; “for from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness; all these evil things come from within.” Mark 7:21-23. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Jer.17:9. Sin is in every fiber of our being by nature. We are born in sin, and our life is sin, so that sin can not be taken from us without taking our life. What I need is freedom from my own personal sin, – that sin which not only has been committed by me personally, but which dwells in the heart, – the sin which constitutes the whole of my life . . . Sin is in all flesh.”- The Glad Tidings, p. 86-88.

The sin that any one of us will commit reside already in the flesh, nature and heart of man that has not been renewed. It is through the flesh that Satan arouses us to disobey the Law of God. He tempts us by what we see, feel, smell and eat. Through the senses of the soul he seeks to gain control of the mind of man. He seeks to awaken the sinfulness in the nature of man that he might transgress the Law of God.

The works of the flesh are nothing but the works of Satan. The works of righteousness, done through faith in Jesus, are nothing but the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the writings of Paul the flesh is regarded as “body of sin,” “our old man,” “body of this death,” “carnal mind.” (Romans 6:6; 7:24; 8:7). The flesh is evil because it accommodates another power which is regarded as the sin-master or carnal mind that controls use against our will if we are not renewed.

The flesh is also weak and cannot obey the law of God. The law of sin is in our member (flesh) which is continually warring against the law of God in our mind. (Romans 7:23). The war between the flesh and the Spirit is seen pointed out in Gal 5:17:

“For the desires (passions) of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would” (RSV).

This warfare between the flesh and Spirit is preventing us to do the good we would have desired to do. Gal 5:17 validates what Christ said in Gethsemane about the ability of the flesh. He said:

“watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.

The flesh is weak and incapable of doing any good things that we might be willing to do no matter how hard we try. Therefore, the first husband, the husband whom the woman got married to is none other than Satan who controls us against our will through our sinful flesh, carnal mind and sinful heart desires.

The second husband

The second man or husband is Jesus Christ. Paul said:

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:4

Who was raised from the dead?

“Jesus Christ our Lord . . . the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:3, 4.

The fruits

The fruit unto God are the fruit of the Spirit listed in Gal 5:22, 23. While fruit unto death are the fruit of Satan or works of the flesh listed in Gal 5:19-21. It should be remembered that, the first marriage with Satan had led the woman to bear fruit unto death. Both her self-righteous and sinful deeds were done through the help of Satan. All are righteousness, before God, are filthy rags because they were done through the spirit of Satan.

Killing the Children

There was a time the woman once thought of killing the children. The children represent her actions, fruits, lifestyle and deeds that reveals to the world who she was actually married to, either to Satan or to Christ.

She was busy cutting the branches and plucking the fruits to solve the problem. But the more she cuts the branches and plucks the fruits, the more the branches and fruit reappears, even in a greater degree. Little did she know that Satan will continue to use her and implant in her his evil seed even against her own will. Provided the husband is still alive and she still stays with him, in the flesh, she will continue to bear fruit for him no matter how many of her children she kills daily.

The solution therefore is not how hard she needs to try in destroying the children; the solution to her problem of bearing sinful fruits is the death of her husband. The problem is not the fruits, the problem is the source of fruits. That is why in the plan of salvation, revival must precede reformation. Mrs. White beautifully differentiate the two work of grace that God need to do in man before he can be accepted into His heavenly bliss. She penned the following:

“Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.”- Review and Herald, February 25, 1902 par. 8

Reformation is the cutting of the branches and plucking of the fruits and the reorganization of ones lifestyle which can only be done through the help of the Holy Spirit when one has experience true and genuine revival—the spiritual death of the first husband.

Destroying the Law

Another option that has once occurred to her is the doing away or destruction of the Law that binds her to her husband. The problem is not with the Law. A change or alteration of the Law would not solve the problem. This has led many professed Christians to regard the Law of God (Ten Commandments) as irrelevant.

They say, “We are not under the Law but under grace” and by doing so they tend to abolish the law to their own damnation, while in reality the Law is absolutely still binding upon all. Paul, in the same Romans 7 verses 7, 12-14, 16, 22, 25, has the following to say about the perpetuity of the Law:

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet . . . Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. . . I consent unto the law that it is good . . . For I delight in the law of God after the inward man . . . 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.” Rom 7:7-25.

Thus the issue is not with the Law because it’s the same law which binds the first marriage that will bind the second marriage. The Law of marriage is an eternal principle as long as life shall last. The change that must come in to solve the problem is the death of her husband– the old man, the sin-master, the carnal mind, the flesh, the mind of Satan or the stoning heart.

The old husband must die before the new Husband can come in. It is the old husband that is to be eradicated and done away with not the Law that condemned’s adultery or fornication.

It should be clearly noted by all that:

The same law that condemns any marriage contract outside the present marriage is the same Law that commends or encourage remarriage when the husband dies. The condition for freedom from the present marriage is the death of the first husband. When the husband dies, then a new marriage relationship can be consummated and the peace the woman seeks can finally be secured. Without this experience we shall continue to serve Satan, through the flesh, and bear fruits unto his honor.

To be continued in part two

THE DELIVERER


The Pagan Proverb often quoted by many professed Christians ignorantly is this:

“God (or heaven) helps those who help themselves.”

The truth is this:

“God helps those who CANNOT help themselves”

This helpless souls are weak and feeble and have acknowledge their helplessness.

The Psalmist said “I was brought low, and he helped me.” Psalm 116:6.

When WE feel our wisdom is sufficient to save us, then the power of the Infinite One can not step in to deliver.

Paul, as a convicted sinner, cried out helplessly:

“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Lest I perish. (Romans 7:24)

There is only one option:

We must be delivered, or we perish. A power outside of us must do the work on our behalf. We must be saved by grace, and not by our works.

It is dangerous to believe in your own strength in the matter of sin, satan, and the world. This three forces are far superior than us. We are vitally attached to them and cannot detached ourselves except a Power stronger than these three forces comes in.

We must be like the canaanite woman, whose daughter was vex with the devil, she met with Jesus and pleaded for help by crying out “Lord, help me.” Matthew 15:25.

Peter also recognized his helplessness when he was sinking in the sea of sin and cried out: “Lord, save me” Lest I perish and Jesus stretched forth his hand and delivered him. Matthew 14:30, 31.

There is only one deliverer: Jesus Christ.

You cannot be saved or delivered by TRYING. You can only be saved by you DYING. Dying to self is the option that we have to be delivered from Sin, Satan and the World. “There shall come out of Zion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” Rom 11:26.

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom 7:25, 1 Cor 15:57.

All of Heaven will come to our rescue when we cry out to God in helpless desperation to be delivered from Sin. God is ready to evacuate all the infinite host of heavenly angels just to save you from the prowls of Satan and his emissaries.

For it is written for our admonished that Jesus will save His people from their sin. (Matt 1:21).

HOW?

By laying ourselves helpless on him and crying out to him in desperation: deliver me from the power of sin, satan and the world.

BOND SERVANTS OR FREEMEN: WHICH ARE YOU?


The power of faith in bringing victory may be shown by [this] line of Scripture texts, which are exceedingly practical. In the first place, let it be understood that the sinner is a slave. Christ said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:34. Paul also says, putting himself in the place of an unrenewed man, “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Rom. 7:14. A man who is sold is a slave; therefore, the man who is sold under sin is the slave of sin. Peter brings to view the same fact, when, speaking of corrupt, false teachers, he says, “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19.

The prominent characteristic of the slave is that he cannot do as he pleases, but is bound to perform the will of another, no matter how irksome it may be. Paul thus proves the truth of his saying that he, as a carnal man, was the slave of sin. “For that which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Rom. 7:15, 17-19.

The fact that sin controls proves that a man is a slave, and although everyone that committeth sin is the bond-servant of sin, the slavery becomes unendurable when the sinner has had a glimpse of freedom and longs for it, yet cannot break the chains which bind him to sin. The impossibility for the unrenewed man to do even the good that he would like to do has been shown already from Rom. 8:7, 8 and Gal. 5:17.

How many people have in their own experience proved the truth of these scriptures. How many have resolved and resolved again and yet their sincerest resolutions have proved in the face of temptation as weak as water. They had no might, and they did not know what to do, and, unfortunately, their eyes were not upon God so much as upon themselves and the enemy. Their experience was one of constant struggle against sin, it is true, but of constant defeat as well.

Call you this a true Christian experience? There are some who imagine that it is. Why, then, did the apostle, in the anguish of his soul, cry out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom. 7:24. Is a true Christian experiencing a body of death so terrible that the soul is constrained to cry for deliverance? Nay, verily.

Again, who is it that, in answer to this earnest appeal, reveals himself as a deliverer? Says the apostle, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” In another place he says of Christ:

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage. Heb. 2:14, 15

Again, Christ thus proclaims His own mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Isa. 61:1.

What this bondage and captivity are has already been shown. It is the bondage of sin–the slavery of being compelled to sin, even against the will, by the power of inherited and acquired evil propensities and habits. Does Christ deliver from a true Christian experience? No, indeed. Then the bondage of sin, of which the apostle complains in the seventh of Romans, is not the experience of a child of God, but of the servant of sin. It is to deliver men from this captivity that Christ came, not to deliver us, during this life, from warfare and struggles, but from defeat; to enable us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, so that we could give thanks unto the Father “who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son,” through whose blood we have redemption.

How is this deliverance effected? By the Son of God. Says Christ, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:31, 32, 36. This freedom comes to everyone that believeth, for to them that believe on His name, He gives the “power to become the sons of God.” The freedom from condemnation comes to them who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1), and we put on Christ by faith (Gal. 3:26, 27). It is by faith that Christ dwells in our hearts.

The above article was taken from the book, “Christ and His Righteousness” by Waggoner, Ellet Joseph (1855-1916), CHAPTER 12 originally titled “Bond servants and freemen.” He was a Physician, minister, teacher, editor, and writer. He wrote on the theme of righteousness by faith in relation to the law.

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