The quarrel

[ 1 ] There are two orientations, or beliefs, what comes to being a Christian. There are those who are called. And there are those who are chosen.
[ 2 ] Those who are called will think being a Christian is a constant confirmation of the status as children of God by making the right choices where one can choose between the evil and the good. They claim we have a free will, and that our salvation depends on how good we are to choose good over evil. They argue we do not always measure up, but that Christ forgives sins committed if we repent of our sins and believe in Him. Those who are called claim no one on earth is sinless, and that being a Christian is a daily repentance.
[ 3 ] Those who are chosen will think that by repentance was given a new heart and a new mind, and that means one has received an orientation, an attitude, as children of God, unable to be bad. They believe themselves to have circumcised their hearts, meaning they are natural without any kind of need to control themselves. They are confident in their nature. They argue there is no choice between doing good or evil, because the good always do well. To the one who is chosen, confrontation of sin is final.
[ 4 ] These are the positions. Paul, who is the apostle to the Gentiles, seems to be taken for the benefit of both views. Those who are called like to refer to Paul in Romans 7:14-25, where he let write the following:
[ 5 ] “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 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. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
[ 6 ] Those who are called maintain that this passage from Romans shows that human nature is a contrast between good and evil and that power needs, envy, and lust can be so strong in a man that they are almost impossible to tame. Saved is the one who is under law, subduing his nature.
[ 7 ] Those who are chosen will see it differently. They will say this what Paul describes is the starting point. They will say that we all basically are sinners. But they will say that power needs, envy and lust make up a character, and this character is to crucify. They will refer to another passage in Romans, namely, Romans 6:1-14, which states:
[ 8 ] “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
[ 9 ] It is not a question of freeing oneself from the sinful flesh body by developing it. It is futile to think of such a thing. What we are talking about is to crucify this body. Is it crucified, and thus killed, it no longer has any power.
[ 10 ] To crucify one's sin body is demanding. Paul reminded us about that in Romans 9:33:
[ 11 ] “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”