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Joe Olson

the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ.”

For all people who have become

Christians, these questions have always come to their minds: “Why do I still desire these things that are connected to sin? What is the matter with me?” And then the devil comes in and suggests that they are not, and never really were, Christians. Paul addressed these questions in

Romans chapter 7. “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.” Romans 7:18.

The Body Not Converted with the Mind

Paul readily acknowledged that

we were sinners and that even at conversion, we still had sinful flesh and bodies. Conversion does not mean that we no longer have the bodies we had before conversion. Our “flesh” is still corrupt and in it, “dwelleth no good thing.” If we have perverted our taste buds

for fifty years, so that we now enjoy soft drinks and chocolate and flesh foods, and then we become Christians, we still have the same body we had before conversion. Our body still craves the same things; our taste buds are still the same taste buds. Some people think that at conversion,

all of our senses, all of our bodily desires, even all of our taste buds have experienced a conversion as well. If you have been a smoker for 40

years, and you become a Christian, you still have a body that has been smoked in for 40 years. You did not get a new body. You have new desires; you have new goals and aspirations. You choose to serve a new Master now, but it is with the same body, the same flesh. This is why Paul, thinking out loud in his letter to the Romans, makes this point: “For the good that I would I do not:

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