All of us are Gentiles. We are the descendants of people who did not believe in God from the time of the creation. What hope was there for us in the Old Testament and what hope is there for us today? Today, we have an opportunity to become part of a nation, part of a bloodline that we had no part in at all! We have become the descendants of Abraham by faith!
“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!