Well ok then - How is thisFirst off, no need to call me sir. Way too formal for me.
I agree with most of what you say, but most Christians are not full of the Word nor mature in the Faith. Galatians is, I think, written to less than mature Christians who were being confused and led astray into believing the law needed to be followed.
The verse that one should not miss is: 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
NLT:17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
Pretty clear to me that we will fail at least occasionally at refraining from sinning. My wife is more in your camp, in that, she thinks that if you know you will fail at some point, then you are setting yourself up to fail. I believe Paul was just being honest and telling the truth, that the sin nature is in the flesh and will always desire its gratification, until we get our new perfected bodies.
To believe that I will not sin again sets me up for major disappointment. Too many disappointments bring doubt. This is why Paul warns us many times to avoid destructive fleshy desires. We must be aware.
Mr Big Moose Greetings,
Exactly - that is the point !! We are not to be those weak Christians in any area. I went off of the one line you started with......
though some would have you believe that one can minimize or eliminate this battle
And yet this is Pauls big thing he is trying to get across to us and to those believers there. When we have this battle or When we sin - it is not us but the sin nature or sin still living in us. I truly believe Paul is showing us the problem. The problem is we Lack Renewing.
There is more old man then new creature in us. Another words we have more to develope in us of His word and ways. There is more of us then of God and His word in us. He used himself as an example to prove his point. I am sure Paul did have his share of battles but I believe in what he is saying here is just as an example to get his point home to them.
Oh and give your wife an amen for me. I too beleive we can set our self up to fail and parents and friends are the worst in this.....
Thank you for responding my Friend and Brother. It is Always a blessing talking weith you.