Christ said, “If you do not become like children, you cannot be my disciples” (Matthew 18:3). Children receive what they’re taught, what they’re shown, what they hear. They’re not experts, so they’re willing to listen and chew on the word – and not immediately spit it out. How many experts do you know that you can come to and they will receive you in the same way? Christ came to the “experts” in His Word, the Word that spoke of Christ, and they told Him to go away. Knowledge is a terrible thing – if it’s from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil!
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) How many times have you heard this scripture in sermons that justify the sinful nature of a person? Typically it goes like this: “Well even Paul called himself a wretched man, that he’s a sinner. And if Paul was like this, then what can we say about ourselves?” But what is Paul really writing about here? Is this the condition (the condition of a wretched man) of a person who is born again, born from above? Paul is writing about the condition of war, a condition where you are in constant battle between the law (which is good) and sin (which is bad). This is the condition of a person who is under the law. Christ came to free us from the law and from the wretched state, from sin!