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The Inward Struggle.

The Inward Struggle.

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BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D.

" wretched man that I am ! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death ? " (Romans vii. 24.)
BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D.

" wretched man that I am ! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death ? " (Romans vii. 24.)

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THE INWARD STRUGGLE. BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D." wretched man that I am ! who shall deliver me from the body of this death ? " (Romans vii. 24.) BY the body of this death I understand in-dwelling sin. It is called the body of this death, because by sin we are dead to God and to holiness ; because sin is a mass of corruption, com-pared by Christ to the rottenness and dead men's bones contained in a sepulcher, as here to a corpse; and because eternal death is the wages of sin. This hateful, noisome, deadly sin cleaves to Paul, or to the man whom Paul describes ; and he cries out that he is a wretch indeed, and asks, Who shall de-liver me from this dire evil ? The text is the crisis of a terrible inward strug-gle. Nowhere else in all literature is there so graphic a description of the mortal duel between the soul and sin.' Every man's experience will help
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him to form some conception of this strife. But only those who have yielded to the awakening and convicting power of the Holy Spirit can fully un-derstand the wretchedness, self-despair, loathing, terror, and longing for rescue, which burst forth in the exclamation, " O wretched man that I am ! " (47) 48 TWELVE SEBMOWS. and the inquiry, " Who shall deliver me from the body of this death ? " To understand this description, we must bear in mind that Paul discriminates between a man's self, his personal identity, on the one hand, and sin, on the other. " Now then it is no more I that do it,
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but sin that dwelleth in me." The same distinc-tion is indicated in the parable of the prodigal son : "And when he came to himself." All the days of his rioting he had been beside himself, had gone away from reason and right feeling and self-con-trol; sin in the forms of lust, passion, and willful-ness had possessed and ruled him ; then he began to recover his wits, to return to sound thought; he came to himself, and found that he had been acting the part of folly, had thrown away great privileges, and brought himself to the point of per-ishing. Paul describes a strife betwixt two ; the parties are the soul and sin personified as a living power. When does this struggle begin ? Paul goes back to a time in his history when he was at peace ; he tells how his state of ease was broken, and an in-ward war commenced in which he was ever de-feated, until exhausted, bruised, despairing, he cried out for a deliverer. " For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law
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