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First person present tense example for a man under law.
Without hope, wretched, helpless and unable to fulfill the law of God even though he agrees with it in his mind.
A slave to the law of sin and death.
As the condemned man cries out who will save me ...?
Thanks Be to God ... For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin.c He thus condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the righteous standard of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
You have to close your eyes really really tight to be sure you dont see this if you want to keep believing the lie that the wretched man in Romans 7 is already saved.
Seriously he is literally crying out for a savior because he see how bad he needs one and doesn't have one.
It OK not everyone will see. It is a spiritual blindness well established in their thinking patterns over time to keep they from the truth and the realization of their birthright in Christ Jesus.
Do you really think all those who where once under the law where unregenerate enemies of God???
All of those people looking at the law and seeing it was good?
Or do you not know the purpose of the law was make sin worse. To expose you to yourself as totally wretched helpless, enslaved and in need of a savior? To make you cry out who will save me?
I see. You are perfect but can't answer a simple question according to the standard set out in the scripture listed below:
2Timothy 2:24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
I do believe that Paul is referring to his life as a Pharisee trying to live that life of externals. His internal battle was something he did not know how to deal with at that time. Then came Jesus and changed all that and the internal power of the Spirit gave him the victory.
Now that being said there is a life of sanctification that sounds a lot like this but it is not a battle that is lost daily to the inclination to do wrong. It is a battle that is won daily because you have found the answer in yielding to the Spirit and some of those areas that you use to struggle with are not even a battle anymore, howbeit there are always new challenges, on different levels of obedience and you continue applying the same victory that is found in the power of the Spirit. Then those new challenges become strong points and you move on to something else.