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October 26 - Morning

"So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin."

- Romans 7:21-25

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Held as a Prisoner of Sin in this Body    

In Romans 7:21-25 Paul is speaking as a born again believer in Jesus. Paul had been saved as indicated by these statements:

            “In my inner being I delight in God’s law.”

            “I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law.”

Paul indicates that in his “inner being” and in his “mind” he is saved and delivered from the power of sin. But, yet there is a third dimension that his struggle with sin continues. In fact, Paul refers to sin “waging war” against his mind and his inner man.

Sin is holding this saved man captive and will not release him. Though the saved man desires to be free from sin's influence, he is trapped and held prisoner in his physical body. A body, Paul describes, “that is subject to death.”

Paul has been saved spiritually through faith in Jesus, thus the “inner being” delights in God. Paul has renewed his mind with the word of God, thus the “mind” is a slave to God. The problem comes with the fact that there is no way that Paul, or any man, can redeem or save his body, a body that is still under bondage of sin. How do we know the body is and will continue to remain under the power of sin? Because, we know the body will die.  And, as long as we believers live in the earth we, like Paul, groan:

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

We have spiritual salvation through faith in Jesus. We have salvation for our mind, or souls, through being renewed with the word of God (Romans 12:2). But, how can we receive salvation in our bodies? Is there a prayer? Is there a level of faith? Is there something we can stop doing or stop eating? What do we do? How will we complete our salvation experience and be delivered, or saved, “from this body that is subject to death?”

The answer is at the resurrection. We have the glory of salvation in our spirit and available for our souls through the word of God, but we wait for the glory of our salvation to be manifest in our bodies at the resurrection of the body. This is the hope Paul wrote to the Philippians who were themselves already saved spiritually through faith in Jesus, but like Paul, were waiting for a Savior to save them from their “body that is subject to death”:

“We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20-21

So, with this hope, Paul answers the question, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

            “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

We also are waiting for a Savior from heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ who will transform our lowly bodies so that they will match the glorious salvation that he has already provided for our inner man and our souls. Our bodies will one day also be saved “so that they will be like his glorious body.” But, until then we continue knowing this truth:

“So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

So, the battle continues as we daily live in a body under the influence of sin. Our body continues to wage war against our saved souls, but we fight on waiting for our Savior to complete his work of full salvation in our lives: Spirit, Soul and Body.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"“The Bible is the most priceless possession
of the human race.”
– Halley’s Bible Handbook






Something to Ponder??

Council of Constantinople (381 AD) - Affirmed the deity
of the Holy Spirit;
Condemned Appollinarianism that claimed Jesus did not have a human will.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Torah (Hb) - Law (Eng) - the Hebrew torah is translated "law," "direction," or "instruction."
The word torah comes from the verb yarah which means "to throw,"
"to shoot," "to teach," or "to instruct."


Names that begin with the
i/y- prefix are typical of the years 2000-1500 BC among all northwest Semitic
speaking groups. The examples are well known
in the Bible:
Yitzchak (Issac),
Ya’akov (Jacob),
Yoseph (Joseph),
Yishmael (Ishmael).
By 1500 BC the use of
these names in Semitic cultures declined.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do desire to do what is right, yet disappoint myself by being drawn the other way?
Do I make plans to follow God, only to be under a constant siege by sin with in me?
I will continue to seek God, desire righteousness and renew my mind to truth, while I unrelenting defend my soul from sin in this war within myself.
  "Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down." - Proverbs 26:20
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
John 4 Acts 19 Luke 12
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Children’s education Understanding and Discovery of Spiritual Gifts Political parties Slovakia - long Christian heritage, but old Reform churches are dead.
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Mikveh, ritual bath in Jerusalem
Mikvah, or ritual bath, in Jerusalem along the south wall of the Old City. The word “mikvah” (also, mikveh, mikva, miqve) means “collection” and refers to a collection of water that was used by the Jews for ceremonial washing. They are ritual baths. The Jews would purify themselves before several activities or after certain events that made them unclean. Conversion to Judaism requires submersion into a mikvah. The area around the Temple Mount, especially to the south, is filled with mikvah. Many of them were most likely used on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to baptize the converted Jews in Jesus’ name. It signified a major change in their understanding of who Jesus was and was a sign of their new faith and allegiance. A mikvah had to have a source of running water, such as a spring, or fresh water, such as rain. A mikvah had to be large enough to allow an average sized person to immerse his whole body. Stairs would be used to descend into and ascend from the mikvah. Often there was a wall separating the clean side from the unclean side.
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A chronological listing of the chapters in
the book of Jeremiah.
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