Romans 7

"Jesus answered, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, 'You must be born from above.'" (John 3:5-7)

Spirit And Flesh

As marriage binds to one's last breath,
So are we bound to Christ our Lord:
In Him, the flesh is put to death,
And ways of Spirit are restored.

Under the law, in flesh, we sinned
As sin rebelled to the law's force;
The force of law, Christ did rescind,
That we may run the Spirit's course.

To bear fruit for God in Spirit,
Serving, renewed in life by grace;
To know the Truth and then live it -
This is our purpose and our place.

Yet base my heart sometimes remains
And then I fail to follow through;
As sin seizes my heart in chains,
Woe is this state I can't construe!

In flesh, the force of law will stand;
In spirit, we're at Christ's command.

May the Spirit breathe life into our spirits that we may leave the ways of flesh and sin behind and follow Him wherever He leads us.

(c) Paul Buis, 2005