“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!
“Blessed are the PURE in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Only those with a pure heart shall see God! How do we intend to see God? How many people actually seek to have a pure heart? People seek all kinds of things, but no one seeks a clean heart UNLESS God starts showing you that your heart is not clean. If you begin to see that your heart is not clean and is not pure, that means God is showing you this. Without seeing who you really are, you will never see God! Without becoming needy, you will never seek to fill that need.