Class #44: What follows from St. Paul’s teaching of justification by grace through faith? The Christian life becomes a gift of freedom to love the neighbor. However, the Christian still carries within him the flesh which lusts against the Spirit, creating contradictory desires. As a result, the Christian walks by the Spirit, so that he does not fulfill the sinful desires of the flesh.
The Christian is conscious of the sin within him, so that by confession he can resist the word/deed. In great weakness, the Christian battles the rebellion and prayerfully desires to be free of sin. We need neither despair, nor be surprised at the conflict within us. Thankfully, those remaining sinful desires are not imputed to the believer.