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A few things for the record:
- Yes, I do believe that the Christian Life is a life of struggle.
- No, 25 minutes is not enough time to really dive into all the arguments.
- Yes, I hate Sinless Perfectionism in every way, shape or form, .
- No, I don't think I have it all figured out.
- Yes, I do believe in total and utter depravity (in fact, this reading is stronger on total depravity, for it points out that Romans 7 is not a struggle, but a total defeat.)
- No, I do not believe that Paul is being autobiographical -- either before or after his conversion.
- Yes, I do know what 'the Present Tense' means in grammar.
- No, I do not believe that you can easily reconcile his 'sold as a slave unto sin' and being 'of the flesh' with THESE verses from Romans 6-8.
- Yes, I believe (in 7:7-12) that he is speaking of himself as being 'in Adam, back then'. (Hence, 1st person and past tense.)
- Yes, I believe (in 7:13-26) that he is speaking of himself as being 'in Israel, right now', as in unbelieving Israel, with Torah, but without the Spirit. (Hence, 1st person and present tense.)
Sin is the problem, Jesus the solution, and the Law good.
That means that the Spirit doesn't merely 'help us' in a struggle, but he totally and utterly *saves* us from total and utter defeat.
I am VERY open to change. I just can't see the other side just yet (Sorry, Big Gav.)
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