“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 is no way to turn back time, And like a Shadow days go by, The only question that’s around: What is the meaning of your life?
Once we have died for this world, we have been crucified for ALL idols and all things of this world, and have been born again a NEW creature, pure and free. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galations 5:24) YET there is still a warning for those that have been born again to KEEP yourselves from idols. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) It is a question about distractions! If ANYTHING other than God consumes you or distracts you, that is an idol!