Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:42 AM

Two Victories

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:42 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:42 AM

Paul “made peace with God” (our salvation) on the road to Damascus, but Paul did not suddenly receive the same victory in the “peace of God” (our everyday walk). Each believer will find strength in their own struggles when they realize that Paul also struggled. The day we believe is not all that we receive.

Our first victory is our “peace with God”…we surrender and receive salvation through Jesus Christ. Our second victory is “peace of God” which we receive as we learn to trust Him more and more. By trust, we gain the power over sin but only with disciplining ourselves. As we can see in these next verses, even Paul had to struggle for this victory.

These verses in Romans give us a glimpse of Paul’s everyday struggles to do the right thing. Romans7.15 For 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 with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Paul knew that he was a sinner as everyone is: 1John1.8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Paul also knew that he could maintain his relationship with Christ by confessing his sin: 1John1.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Two victories; one already won and one just begun.

The tension could not be completely resolved so long as he lived at once in the present age (temporally) and in the age to come (spiritually)—that is, so long as he lived on earth in mortal body. But he found the secret of victory in the liberating “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2). [1]

[1] Bruce, F. F. (1977). Paul: Apostle of the free spirit (142). Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster.

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