These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
The Enabled Will
Romans chapters 6-8 contain a wonderful truth. These 3 chapters move directly through everything we have covered so far.
If you review the previous 28 weeks of essays you will see that we started with the normal human will. That is, we said that humans have free will and that we must use our will to choose to follow God and not follow Satan. However, we have found that because of the power of sin in this fallen world, and the darkness and blindness within us, that we need healing and deliverance before we can obey God. This is the message of Romans 6-8.
For example, in Romans chapter 7, Paul reveals that outside of Christ, in himself, (that is, in his lower self), using only the power of his will, he cannot obey God:
“I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law (of God) is good. 17 So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! ” (Romans 7:14-24).
So, what is he saying? He says that he has discovered what God wants by studying the Law of God. That is, he read the Bible (for him that was the Old Testament: Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets) and in these writings he discovered who God is and what He wants from us. He “delighted in the Law”, and he wanted to do good, but he could not. Instead he ended up doing evil. He could not obey God just because he now knew what God wanted. And just because he wanted to do good, and agreed with the Law, didn’t mean he could actually obey it. Why not? Because he normal human power of choice, his human will, was “captive” to the sin within him. Sin is stronger than human will power.
This slavery to sin only leaves us with one conclusion: “I am a wretched man”. When I finally realize who I am outside of Christ I will see that I am wretched.
Now, thank God, Paul goes on in verse 25 to declare that he has been delivered from this powerless state by Jesus: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my new mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
In other words, now in Christ his will power has been enabled and empowered to obey God. He has power over the sin within him. He is free from the power of sin.
He had already explained this new power in chapter 6, and it is to chapter 6 that we must next turn. We must look at how we are now (in Christ) dead to the Law of Sin and Death. We Are Dead to Sin.