There’s an issue … a complication … a limitation … that prevents men from truly grasping, understanding, obeying and walking IN the words of God.
The words of God are spiritual and at this point in Old Testament history (and that is where we have been the last three posts) … man is not. For the moment let’s flash forward to some insights shared by the apostle Paul …
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. Romans 7:14 (NASB)
The natural man not only does not accept the words of God … he also sees them as foolishness …
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)
The flesh of man is at odds with the spiritual words of God. Man is in bondage to sin … sin and evil indwells the natural man. Regardless of any desire he might have to follow God … war wages within each and every man. Paul gives us a play-by-play commentary of the conflict …
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Romans 7:14-24 (NASB)
In the missed adventure found IN the words of God, how does the natural man escape and overcome this bondage to sin … this limitation … that prevents him from truly following God? Overcoming that limitation is an impossibility for man … but for God ALL things are possible … and He ALWAYS had a plan.
(to be continued with … the God fix)