Schizophrenic Christians

Romans 7:14-25

Schizophrenia has been a popular topic of discussion among many over the years. In literature we have tales of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. In our legal system we have people claiming that they should not be held liable for their conduct because they have multiple personalities. The recent comedy "Me, Myself, and Irene" has come under fire from certain groups saying it isn't politically correct to make fun of such a disorder. Realizing I run the risk of not being politically correct, I have entitled this message, "Schizophrenic Christians". But before anyone gets too upset at me, let me explain what I am talking about. The Christian has two natures, the carnal and the spiritual, which are in constant conflict. Paul speaks of this conflict in the seventh chapter of Romans. Consider v21 as our text this evening.

The seventh chapter of Romans is one of the most important passages in the Bible for the child of God who is striving for a life that is pleasing to God. This chapter describes the struggle of the believer who is desperately trying to live out the Christian life in the power of the flesh. It is a sad picture of failure. The importance of learning this truth can be seen from Paul's attitude as we progress through the passage. He starts confused, disillusioned, a failure. He ends the passage with a shout of praise. When we learn the truth about our two natures, and begin to live with that truth in mind, we too will move from failure to victory... from sighs of despair to shouts of praise.

I. We Have Two Natures

II. Our two natures don't get along.

III. Only Jesus can make our two natures co- exist.

The Word of God plainly teaches that we cannot become a good Christian on our own. We need the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit to succeed.

"Who shall deliver me? I thank God... Jesus Christ!" (Romans 7:24-25) [11]