Inner Conflict - Lesson 7 - The Unwritten Law
Struggle--inward struggle--is not of itself pleasant. It is what it reveals and where it leads that give it worth. As I am using the word, "struggle" is not mere difficulty or trouble. It is the experience of good and evil within. When we want to do good, evil is "present" with us (Rom. 7:21). As one that is born again, an honest appraisal of your condition will confirm that you are capable of unrighteousness as well as righteousness, evil as well as good, and disobedience as well as obedience. That is because you have two distinct natures. They are irreconcilable, and cannot have dominance simultaneously. Our capacity for sin was not removed by our regeneration. justification deals with the guilt of sin, as well as our love of it. Those that are in Christ have been completely exonerated from all guilt. They have also been given a nature that abhors sin. Notwithstanding this marvelous reality, the Adamic nature, or the "flesh," remains with us. Like Satan, it has received a mortal bruise, but has not yet expired. Also, like Satan, the defeat of the flesh has caused it to become more aggressive. It is said of Satan that He now has great wrath because he knows the days are short (Rev. 12:12). It is the same with the flesh.