Should we follow the Ten Commandments? Are we under the curse from breaking the law? A study of the Carnal Mind vs Spiritual Mind
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Romans 7:14- 25 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelled no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
We need to understand that the judgments from the law has been replaced with God’s mercy. He is compassionate towards us and we need to know the meaning of why Yahshua died for our sins, he was made the curse which means the judgment from the law was placed on Yahshua. Just because the judgments from the law was put on Yahshua we still supposed to keep the law for the law is holy and good. Reading Paul’s words could be very complicated and we need to think with a spiritual mind. That’s why he said that the law is spiritual. He is saying that he is carnal and he is sold under sin so what does that really mean? Well the carnal mind or the carnal nature of man is the sinful nature of us so that means the carnal nature is in our hearts. Well good and evil is in the heart and we know that the heart is deceitful. For Jerimiah 17:9-10 says the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
We must understand that the heart wants to do evil or wickedness. So once we recognize our hearts; we recognize our true nature. According to what we do is determined as good and bad. Well if you live by the Spirit than you are lead into all truth and you will know the characteristics of the fruits of the Spirit. These are the scriptures that shows if you are walking in the Spirit or Not. Galatians 5:16-26 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
So the law was provided so that you can know what is good. In order to know what sin is something must be provided to you so that you can know. So what is Sin? Sin is transgression of the law. The Most High had to teach us what is good and holy. Think spiritually; God’s law is written in our hearts. Do we have good in our hearts? Yes. Do we have evil in us? Yes. Evil goes against which is good so if we look at it like this we can understand the keeping of his commandments. Don’t you want to be good well that’s what I would hope for every child of God. So many people are focusing on the judgments from the law but it was placed on Yahshua. What was the judgment if you broke one of his commandments? Death. Who died for our sins? Yahshua died for our sins. Doesn’t Yahshua show mercy towards all those who believe in him? Yes. So people have the right idea about God’s grace but God’s grace doesn’t give you a license to sin. Yahshua is the mediator between us and the Father. Now if you do sin, you have to repent. Now if you repent what does that mean? Do you continue sinning? No. Repentance is when you confess your sins and when you confess your sins you are actually acknowledging that you have transgressed the law or his commandments. Sometimes we make things complicated but when you actually start reading and studying more, he will continue to give you revelation. Does it take time to get things right with the Most High? Yes and he knows we are not perfect but we are perfected by walking in his righteousness not our own righteousness. He looks at the heart of man and whatever is in the heart of man he will act it out whether it’s good or bad.
Romans 2:15-16 states which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. 1Timothy 2:5 states for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 John 2:1-2 says my little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
We see that Yahshua will know everything that is in a man’s heart. If you sin then at some point you should have confessed that sin to Yahshua and that’s how he will know you or not. For those who go to him and ask for forgiveness it shall be given but think about all the people that don’t want to confess their sins. They are in denial and they are not keeping it real with Yahshua and he know their ways. So when Judgment day comes he will say, “I know you not.” Why is that because he do not know them, he doesn’t have a relationship with them. That’s why it’s important for people to know that He is the way, He is the door, He is salvation and he is the only one that can get you into the Kingdom. We must understand that it takes self-control and we can overcome sin if we truly focus on Loving the Father, Loving Yahshua and Loving one another. The Ten Commandments is LOVE. So if you can do that than the good will ALWAYS be in your heart and you will have the victory because you have overcome the carnal mind or the carnal nature and you’re no longer living by the flesh but by the spirit. Now you have a spiritual mind. For the law is spiritual.
- We are never to follow the sinful nature of our hearts
- We must renew our minds
- The word tells us over and over again how our hearts reveals the sinful nature
- We must get our hearts right with the Lord.
- We need a new heart and a new spirit.
- We must change our ways and our behaviors
- The goal is to not be carnal but become spiritual
- Our minds can trick us, it can be deceitful
- We can make ourselves believe that we are doing right when we are doing wrong
- The carnal mind fights against the Most High and his commandments
- We must confess our sins to Yahshua
- We must humble ourselves and have a deep remorse when we repent
- The Lord loves a contrite spirit
- If you are carnal you can’t please the Most High God
- He wants us to repent and to keep the commandments because it is good and your hearts should be good and producing the fruits of the Spirit
Written by Sister Carter