O Wretched Man!

O Wretched Man!

“O wretched man that I am.  Who will deliver me from this body of death”!  This was the apostle Paul’s exclamation in Romans 7:24.  Paul was teaching about wanting to do what is good and right yet not doing it and knowing what is wrong but doing it anyway.  How many times have you found yourself in the very same predicament?  We, who are born again believers in Christ, are new creations through Christ.  We have a new nature in us, God’s nature.  Well, if we have God’s nature in us, why do we sometimes desire to do what is wrong or not do what we know is right? The answer is because that new nature that we have dwells inside a body that is fleshly and carnal.  Prior to accepting Jesus as Lord, we had a sin nature (thanks to Adam), which lived quite compatibly inside our carnal fleshly bodies.  There was no conflict there because we were free from the obligation to do what is right. But when we were born again in Christ, we were instantly given a new nature – God’s nature, or the awareness of what is good and right.  But unfortunately, the house it dwells in, having been dominated by that old sinful nature for so long, is still the same.  It is now in need of training!  But we know that any training period involves pain and even setbacks. And through this training period (which, by the way, will last until Jesus returns), our carnal flesh will continually war against our new Godly nature. It can be extremely difficult and frustrating.  But, as Paul continues to teach on the frustrations he is dealing with, he answers his own question – Jesus will deliver him!  And even better, in the beginning of the next chapter he tells us that those who are in Christ do not have to face condemnation!  Allow Jesus to see you through this training process.  Allow the Holy Spirit to help.  And the next time you feel you are being pulled in opposite directions, you know that there is therefore now no condemnation!

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. Romans 6:20 (NLT)

20 As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. Romans 6:20 (MSG)

24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:24-25 (NLT)

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)