“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!
There was a major flood after the hurricane that hit Louisiana. What was the number one shortage then? Although there was water every where, people were short on water, because there was no clean water. That is how satan works. To flood out the truth and to flood out true knowledge, he filled the whole world with different teachings and denominations, so that the clean water is hidden and flooded. Who truly knows God today? What does it mean to know God’s word, to know the Cross?