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The Inward Struggle.

The Inward Struggle.

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

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

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 08, 2014
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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
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,
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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