Sound outrageous? You probably think so, but there is a very good reason for me asking this question. The reason is, there are people out there in cyber space who have actually asked this question in order to accuse those, who have said what I am about to say, of blasphemy. So what am I about to say? Well I am certainly not going to say that Paul was a schizophrenic, if that’s what you were thinking, but what I am going to explain and describe is the dual natured beings we become once we are born of God (born again).
Now this dual nature and those who have correctly tried to teach this Truth, are the very people who are accused of labelling Paul a schizophrenic, which is plainly not true and they, in the process, have been falsely accused by these schizophrenia labelling, judgmental people.
For those of you who do not know what schizophrenia is, I will briefly explain. The word ‘schizophrenia’ means a split or dual mind, but not split personalities.
From the Encarta Dictionary:
“A severe psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, and withdrawal into the self.”
Now, can we apply any of these character disorders to the apostle Paul? No, never, so what are these people on about when they accuse us of saying that Paul was a schizophrenic. Well, they do this in order to discredit the truthful teaching that when we are born of God (born again) as new people, new creations and/or new men and women we remain in our dying dead bodies of sin, so, in effect, we are two people, but, I can assure you, without any of the above mentioned negative mental disorders.
OK, so if there are people out there accusing us of preaching a schizoid Pauline message, upon what misunderstandings are they basing their claims? Where do they get their evidence from, or is it a case that there is no evidence, because they do not fully understand what schizophrenia is, and/or, most likely, they do not understand what it means to be born of God (born again); they do understand Grace and they certainly do not understand the Holy Scriptures in Romans 7:14-25. These are Holy Scriptures that teach the dual nature of born of God (born again) sons and daughters of God.
The thing is, when we fully analyse our new Spiritual condition in depth, it’s not a full dual nature anyway, for half of our dual nature is already dead, it died in the watery grave of Baptism. This means that our bodies of sin no longer hold any real power over us, unless we erroneously continue to think that our dead bodies of sin have more power than The Holy Spirit.
So without any further ado I will now write out The Holy Scriptures concerned and explain what Paul was saying in these verses of Scripture. Please bear in mind, too, that these verses are very likely the most controversial and argued over Holy Scriptures in the whole of the Holy Bible, and, as always, be prepared for a few surprises:
Romans 7:14 (KJV) For we know that The Law is Spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
From the Greek Transliteral:
Romans 7:14 (Greek Transliteral) We have perceived (we are aware) for that The Law Spiritual is I yet fleshic (fleshy) am having been disposed of under the missing (sin).
OK, Paul states clearly here that the Law is Spiritual and yet he says he is carnal or, at least, that’s how the KJV words it, but notice the Greek is more precise by saying Paul is yet fleshic or fleshy having been disposed of under sin. ‘Disposed of’ here means ‘inclined to’, so he is stating quite clearly that our carnal fleshy natures have a natural inclination to sin – Surprise! Surprise! Well bowl me over with a feather who would have thought it!! Apologies, but could not resist a little facetiousness here.
Now moving on, he then says:
Romans 7:15 (KJV) For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
And again from the Greek transliteral:
Romans 7:15 (Greek Transliteral) Which for I am down acting (I am effecting) not, I am knowing not for which I am willing this I am practising but which I am hating this I am doing.
Now here in the above two renditions, the KJV and the Greek MSS, we are not really getting a layman’s understanding of what is being said here, by Paul, so let’s use a more modern translation or two for a better understanding:
From the Amplified Bible:
Romans 7:15 (Amplified Bible) For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe.
From the Living Bible:
Romans 7:15 (Living Bible) I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to – I do what I hate.
Here we can plainly see the battle that is going on in Paul’s mind, and let’s be sure about this, for these are the words of a born of God (born again) son of God and don’t let anyone lead you astray regarding the timeline of these verses. Moreover, don’t let them deceive you by allowing them to confuse you over past tense issues here. Paul is definitely speaking about his current Spiritual condition, not about how he had behaved in the past.
How do we know this? Easy, he is telling us that the things he wants or desires to do, that is, the right things, are the very things he seems unable to do, and also that they are the very things he hates to do. So what is Paul telling us? He telling us that his attitude to sin is right. He is telling us that he doesn’t want to sin and yet still finds himself sinning – this is the mind of a man who has confessed his sins, repented and has the right mindset, the born of God (born again) mindset, and yet admits that he still lives in a body of sin that sins.
If Paul were not born of God (born again) he would have no desire to do what is right and would not declare that the things he does are the things he loathes. Only a Holy Spirit born son of God would have this desire; only a Holy Spirit born son of God would admit to the fact that he is doing things that he hates doing. A degenerate fallen carnal mind or unsaved and lost mind would not think this way at all. The fallen mindset is one that always looks for excuses for its evil deeds; admission of guilt is never in the equation. As an example, we only have to look at Adam and Eve’s behaviour after they had been found out, for all the proof we need regarding this fallen, carnal man, frame of mind. And here they are, the first lame excuses and the blame game:
Genesis 3:8-13 (KJV) And they heard the voice of The LORD God walking in The Garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And The LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in The Garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And The LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (Emphasis mine)
OK, the next two verses:
Romans 7:16-17 (KJV) If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto The Law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (Emphasis mine)
Again I will use a modern translation in order to help us get a better understanding of these two verses for we need to be sure about what Yashua Messiah, through Paul, is saying here.
From the Amplified Bible once more:
Romans 7:16-17 (Amplified Bible) Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that The Law is good, and that I take sides with it? 17 However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin which is at home in me and has possession of me. (Emphasis mine)
Notice the crucial use of the word ‘desire’ here to reveal to us the things Paul is desirous of doing. They are the very things that he doesn’t do but, rather, the things he hates doing, via the sin which is at home in his dead body, and also has possession of his dead body. Make careful note, though, of what Paul has said here: “It is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin within my body.” What is Paul saying here? Easy, he is telling us that he no longer sins, his dead body of sin, sins. We must be clear in our minds about this new reality that Paul is describing to us here regarding his born of God (born again) Holy Spiritual nature and carnal man fallen condition – two natures.
From The Living Bible:
Romans 7:16-17 (Living Bible) I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. 17 But I can’t help myself, because I am no longer doing it. It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things.
Here, The Living Bible then confirms what the Amplified Bible has said, so by now we should be getting the picture of Paul’s conundrum. He then continues in verses 18-19:
Romans 7:18-19 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Here Paul categorically states that in his flesh there is no good thing and he also states that the sin inside him is stronger than his manly or mental will to overcome it. Regarding the former, this is not surprising for nothing in the flesh is pleasing to God anyway:
Romans 8:8 (KJV) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
I will return to this verse later in another article, but what does Paul say next? “For to will is present with me” which means the desire to do right, is there all the time, but the wherewithal to achieve it he cannot find in himself. In verse 19 he goes on to say that the good deeds he desires to do are the things he doesn’t do, but at the same time the evil deeds he doesn’t want to do are very things he ends up doing! He then repeats it, just in case we missed the point he made earlier
Romans 7:20 (KJV) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (Emphasis mine)
From the Amplified Bible:
Romans 7:20 (Amplified Bible) Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul]. (Emphasis mine)
Notice again, that it’s no longer Paul that sins, and he says: “It is no longer I.” OK, if it’s no longer Paul, who or what is it that is doing it? Why, as previously stated, it’s his sinful dead body. Here, though, is the rub, and we must realise at this juncture that something surreal is going on here. Paul is most definitely drawing a line between Paul the ‘I’ as in, it is no longer ‘I’ and Paul the ‘dead physical body of sin’ which, from the Father’s point of view, is no longer Paul. We are, without any doubt, dealing with two entities here, not one.
Notice too what the Amplified is saying, it’s that favourite word of mine again, ‘desire’. The things that Paul does, are the very things he ‘desires’ not to do and at the same time realises it is not actually him doing it, not his born of God (born again) new man, but rather his old dead man wherein sin dwells: “fixed and operational”, as the Amplified accurately describes it.
OK, moving on, let’s look at the next verses:
Romans 7:21-23 (KJV) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in The Law of God after the inward man: 23 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. (Emphasis mine)
So what is Paul saying here? Quite simply, that whenever Paul wants to do and does do well, evil is ever present with him and he is subjected to its insistent demands – it never lets up, nor does it ever leave him alone. He goes on to say that he delights in The Law of God after the inner man, which means the new man, the born of God (born again) man, loves to do those things that are pleasing to God and yet at the same time he sees another ‘law in his members’.
What does this mean? Again, quite simply, it means that Paul discerns the fleshy desires and sensuous appetites and/or wills of his flesh, and the KJV uses the quaint expression ‘law in my members’ to describe these carnal nature desires. These carnal nature desires, in turn, are at war with his new inner man via his mind and make him a prisoner to the law of sin. Yet again, what is Paul admitting to us? Easy, he is telling us that something else, deep in his lower carnal nature, wins the battle and brings him into captivity, the captivity or enslavement of sin, deep within his dead body of sin. In the Living Bible it puts it more graphically:
Romans 7:23 (Living Bible) So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin.
So there we have it: the battle that rages within a true born of God (born again) son or daughter of God over sin and if we are to believe Paul, sin wins the battle, until…..
Romans 7:24-25 (KJV) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 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.
So will Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) deliver Paul from his body of death? Of course, and He does so (twice), and yet at the same time leaves him battling with his dead body of sin that sins. The thing is, though, is it the old man Paul that is battling or the new man Paul empowered by the Holy Spirit that is battling with his dead body of sin? Well we know don’t we, it’s the new man, for this whole passage of Holy Scripture is about that very subject. In the last verse it describes our newness of being born of God (born again), a condition that involves our new born minds and hearts, the inner man, desirous of keeping, that is, holding as precious not obeying God’s Commandments, but at the same time living with our dead bodies of sin, serving the law of sin. To confirm all this I will copy the more accurate Living Bible once more:
Romans 7:24-25 (Living Bible) Oh what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. (Emphasis mine)
Notice, that I said Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) delivers us twice from our dead bodies of sin and I have covered how He does it the first time, but what about the second time? Well that takes place at the time of our resurrection when we are raised from our graves as Spirit born beings never to do battle with dead physical bodies of sin again. We are raised incorruptible and only Spirit is incorruptible, flesh always decays (is corruptible) and is always desirous of things appertaining to the flesh – it can do nothing else!
OK, now all this is all very fine I may hear you say, but there is still that big nagging question. What big nagging question? Why, that big nagging question that all the 21st century Pharisees, Judaising legalists and boot strap ‘salvation by works’ Christians (wretched Commandment keepers) will be waiting to pounce on me with; so here it is:
Is Paul, through this letter, just giving us excuses to carry on sinning as we have always done, in our old lives, before our Calling and Baptism? No, a thousand times no, but what he is telling us is that our dead bodies of sin will, at times, sin, and, for all the reasons he states above. If, though, we are led by The Holy Spirit as described in Romans 8, we can then be sure we are on the right path no matter how many times we sin.
Romans 8:4 (MCV) That the righteousness of The Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Holy Spirit.
Always remember folks, it’s our attitude towards sin and our attitude towards the committing of sins that matters, not the sin itself. In turn, this means we are to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves and do not enter into lifestyles of delusional denial and/or of kidding ourselves that lives of sin are acceptable to Yashua Messiah, or that He will just turn a blind eye to our continued wicked activities whilst still professing to be His friends, brothers and sisters.
Paul says elsewhere: “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? No, God forbid” and make no mistake God will forbid even to the taking of our lives if we blindly and/or stubbornly refuse to return the fold. So, to return to the title of this article once more and ask again if Paul was schizoid? Well as we can plainly see, he wasn’t, because he only had one desire, but at the same time did, like all born of God (born again) sons of God, have two natures – the new born Holy Spiritual regenerated nature and the dead fleshly, sinful, fallen carnal nature.
For a continuation of this article/study please read my articles: “The 2,000 Year Old Good News or 21st Century Modern News – Which Do You Believe?”
and “Romans 8:13 – What Did Paul Mean by Mortifying the Flesh and How Do We Accomplish It?”
Did The Apostle Paul Say: “I DO EVIL”?
Now in truth I have answered this question already in an article which I wrote several years ago entitled: “Was The Apostle Paul a Schizophrenic?”
The thing is, as we enter the closing stages of this age (The Last Days of The Last Days) with the imminent return of Yashua Anointed to this wretched world, there appears to be a substantial increase in the numbers of demonic anti-Christ/anti-Paul/anti-Grace blasphemers out there, and they must be confronted, admonished and rebuked at every turn, so let’s get to it with an example of what one of them is saying.
So did Paul say the words “I DO EVIL”, because there is at least one illegitimate who thinks he did and accuses him of same. Now what’s interesting about this issue is the infantile use of this phrase “I do evil”, the user having literally made it up and extracted it, not only from a whole verse of Holy Scripture, but from a whole contextual chapter of Holy Scripture as well, namely Romans 7, in order to make a lie, and a deviously evil, vile and misleading point. Bearing false witness doesn’t come anywhere near to the wickedness involved here. Moreover, here is the rub and the exposure of the first lie, because nowhere does Paul categorically say: “I do evil.” These words, as written by this blasphemer, do not exist in The Holy Scriptures, and here is the verse that he has polluted and corrupted in order to build his doctrine of The Devil:
Romans 7:19 (KJV) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
OK, there it is, now can you see the words as he has written them? Which means did Paul actually say: I DO EVIL? If you can see these words as written then you have a serious problem – a delusional problem, a blindness problem, a dissembling problem and, with it, missing the point completely. So what has Paul actually said here? Well, he starts off by saying: “The good that I would, I do not.” What does he mean by that? Easy, the GOOD that Paul WANTS to do he doesn’t do. Why is that? Because Paul’s new nature, his new man, the man who wants to do good, resides within his dead body of sin that still sins. Is Paul making excuses for himself here? No way, for elsewhere he says:
Romans 6:15 (KJV) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
So what is Paul saying? This: “But the evil WHICH I WOULD NOT, that I do. So what does this mean? Again, easy, the evil that Paul doesn’t want to do, he ends up doing. So is he deliberately, blatantly and willingly doing evil? No way. So what is he telling us? He’s telling us that he is fighting a battle or an anguished mental turmoil, and losing, because his sinful nature is overcoming his inner desire not to sin. OK, so does that mean that Paul is now reprobate? God forbid, because he now has a God-given INNER MAN that desires not to sin.
Now do the lost, fallen and unsaved i.e. sinners have this inner desire not to sin? Of course not, they’re lost – dead in their sins, but is Paul dead in his sins? Again, no way, because he is forgiven all of his sins – all of his sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west:
Psalms 103:12 (KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.
John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Paul was forgiven all of his sins on the road to Damascus. OK, so what are these sins that he is unwillingly committing? Dead sins as opposed to living sins and yet Paul still acknowledges them as sins and holding him captive. Yet again, would the lost, fallen and unsaved i.e. sinners be having this battle of the conscience or admitting that their sins hold them captive? Once more, no way, and the whole idea would be ridiculous because they will just make excuses for their sins and carry on sinning regardless.
So what’s going on with regard to Paul’s, and our, predicament if we are Born of God? To explain this I will use The Living Bible:
Romans 7:15-17 “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to do – I do what I hate. 16 I know perfectly well what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws that I am breaking. 17 But I can’t help myself, because I AM NO LONGER DOING IT. It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things”
Here Paul graphically explains our new dual natures. One, The New Creature Born of God who is no longer sinning, and all the while whilst living within a dead body of sin that occasionally sins.
There you have it folks – the miracle that is being Born of God and a new creature that does not sin which John confirms for us here:
1 John 3:9 (KJV) Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
So let’s be done with all these anti-Paul Judaising Grace killers and rebuke them with all The Holy Spiritual power He has given us.
Did Paul Preach Another Grace Gospel?
Now why am I asking this dumb question? Quite simply because we are now in the last days of the last days and MANY evil satanic deceivers are now amongst us, seeking to pervert and pollute The Gospel Message – The GOOD News, with their vile demonic lies and their doctrines of devils – The BAD News.
How are they doing this? Quite simply by attacking Yashua Anointed’s Grace with Faith free gift message as taught by, and through, Paul the greatest Messenger (apostle) that ever lived. Some of these mind numbing imbeciles are actually saying that because Mark and Luke were brothers, friends and fellow sojourners of Paul we should discount their writings as well – can you believe this crass mind numbing stupidity, this breathtaking cretinous moronic garbage? I hope not, but for argument’s sake let’s just ask what this would actually mean? It would mean we would have to ignore Mark’s Gospel, Luke’s Gospel and The Book of Acts as well as Paul’s Letters, if these unhinged nut jobs are to be believed. Laughable or what? I would cry with laughing if it were not so wickedly evil.
Listen up, folks, for this is serious stuff and make no mistake, because if you are Born of God i.e. a Born Again son or daughter of God, Baptised into Yashua Anointed’s name alone and saved through the indwelling of The Holy Spirit and living free under Yashua Anointed’s glorious Grace, you need to be on your guard and ready to rebuke these Judaising deceivers at every turn in Yashua Anointed’s name, commanding them to repent of their Devilish sins and damnable lies.
OK, so did Paul preach a different Grace message? Yashua Anointed, although full of Grace and Truth, was under The Law but, Paul, following his conversion, was not – he was under Grace. Yashua Anointed was circumcised the eighth day and kept all The Mosaic Law including the Sabbaths and Holy Day Festivals as did ALL the Messengers (apostles). Paul and the other Messengers (apostles), however, were under Yashua Anointed’s Grace and NOT under The Mosaic Law. Now this Truth may come as a surprise to many, but it shouldn’t, because it is basic Spiritual Truth and knowledge. Think about it, what did Yashua Anointed’s death and resurrection achieve for us all, not just Paul and the other Apostles (messengers)? Notice this from John’s gospel:
John 1:16-17 (KJV) And of His fullness have all we received, and Grace for Grace. 17 For The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ.
Are these verses not very straight forward, are they not very simple to understand? Well, to some they are not and others, in their stiff necked rebellion, prefer to ignore them altogether. Look at what John is saying: “OF HIS FULLNESS have we not ALL received and Grace upon Grace” – free gift upon free gift – free blessings upon free blessings? Notice, too, how The Law came by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Yashua Anointed. Now what is this FULLNESS that we have received? John and Matthew tell us:
John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of The Only Begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and Truth.
Yashua Anointed’s FULLNESS was and is GRACE and TRUTH alone, not The Law. Let’s repeat that so we are confident of where we stand: Yashua Anointed’s FULLNESS is GRACE and TRUTH, not The Law. Let’s get this Truth through our heads so that we’re not led astray, perturbed or put off by demonically possessed servants of The Devil i.e. Law based Judaisers with their diabolical damnable lies. Yashua Anointed then says this:
Matt 5:17 (KJV) Think not that I am come to destroy The Law, or The Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Emphasis mine)
Here Matthew tells us that Yashua Anointed came to fulfil The Law and The Prophets so how did He do that? Well it wasn’t by The Law was it? He came to fulfil with His fullness, and what was His fullness? GRACE and TRUTH was His fullness. So how did He fulfil The Law and The Prophets? Answer: through Grace and Truth. So what happens to The Law? Easy, it gets swallowed up and digested by Grace and Truth – nullified.
Right, having got this far we now know what Yashua Anointed’s Grace and Truth can and does do for us, but at this point I haven’t even quoted a single Pauline Holy Scripture and in Truth I don’t need to, for the above explanation clearly makes my point, but as always the naysayers will scream and shout their vile obscenities and evil blasphemies at me for having written The Truth, so without further ado, let’s bring Paul into the equation to see if he preached another Gospel or anything different from Yashua Anointed, and here is the first verse that we find Paul using the word ‘Grace’:
Romans 1:4-6 (KJV) And declared to be The Son of God with Power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received Grace and Apostleship, for obedience (not obedience but voluntary attentive hearkening) to The Faith among all nations, for His name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. (Brackets & emphasis mine)
Paul declares that he has received Grace, but from whom? Why, from Yashua Anointed the Son of God, who else? Notice, though, how we receive it i.e. what makes it possible? Again, with Power according to the Spirit of Holiness – The Holy Spirit through Yashua Anointed’s Resurrection from the dead. What does this mean? Quite simply that there is only one Grace of which Paul, like us, is a recipient if we are Born of God (Born Again), and that Grace is Yashua Anointed’s Grace.
There is only one Grace and no other Grace, The Grace of Yashua Anointed (the Lord Jesus Christ) and that is the Grace that Paul preached and taught, and no other. Therefore, let’s be done with the lies and evil deceptions of those of The Devil that preach the lie that Paul taught another Grace message.