The Carnal Christian
Is it possible for a Christian to achieve a state of moral perfection in this life prior to entering into glory? This may seem like a very pretentious question but it begs an answer. There have been several movements in church history that have taught the idea that in addition to the singular moment by which we are brought to faith and consequently justified by faith, that we are made perfect in that faith. The apostle Paul tells us that he struggles with a carnal mind, a carnal nature. Therefore, we are not totally sanctified in this life. Paul's struggles are our struggles as well. Though we strive to be more like Christ, we must recognize that the human condition of our soul is still in the state of a sin nature.
Do you struggle with the carnal mind? Do you have a sense of struggle in the Christian walk? If so, you are not alone. Paul said in Romans 7, "I do the things that I should not do, and I do not do the things that I should do, wretched man that I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 7:20-25).