“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!
Does my heart speak to me? If so, what does it say? What voice is inside of me? Is there a battle within?
The days go by, the weeks, the months, the years.
And I can hear the clock is sharply ticking.
But in my heart, I feel that something’s missing,
I try to fill the void, to change my self.
I watch my words, control the thoughts, the fears.
They all consume my mind, my wishful thinking.
But in my core I sense that something’s missing.
Can anyone explain what’s wrong with me?
Previously, we have discussed, that there are two worlds. One world, is this world, as it is written in 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” …