TWO OPPOSITES


HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“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.” Galatians 5:17

The Spirit and the flesh are two opposites, and each is bent on undermining the ascendancy of the other. Sin reigning within me, or the Holy Spirit reigning, must be one of the two; it cannot be both.

If the flesh is supreme, its dominion will be despotism. I shall find it a pitiless master and all that I produce in obedience to it will be sin. It is a process that is distasteful, irksome, and dreary. There is no joy, no pleasure. I imagined that sin would be my friend and discovered that it was my Gawler!

But if the Spirit controls me, how different is His masterhood? He will be a tender Gardener far more than an autocratic prince, and what comes from me now will bear fruit. It will be a spontaneous harvest. I shall bring forth my grapes, my olives, my pomegranates, without effort and with joy. I cannot help myself; my second and heavenly nature must have an outlet. From within, most gently and yet most royally, the Lord the Spirit will dominate me; and it will be nothing but gladness to submit to Him.

Surely, I shall not hesitate which Master to choose. With the one in bondage, with the other is liberty.

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