“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!
Why did God plant two trees, carrying two opposite outcomes for man? This predicament reveals that God endowed man with free will, free and personal desires, feelings, thoughts and reasoning of mind, so that man could freely accept and reject, to obey and to disobey.
Death is a touching subject, especially if someone experienced the death of a loved one, someone dear to them. Perhaps death is a subject you try to avoid, try not to think about, or imagine it to be something that is surreal, something that does not pertain to you. Perhaps you imagine it as a natural event occurring at an old age, after you have lived an eventful or ‘fruitful’ life.
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting Life. It isn’t necessary to tell people to “try” to attain the food for the flesh, because you are already naturally and constantly trying to attain food for the flesh. But this earthy food will pass, it does not give eternal Life. The Heavenly food, on the other hand, gives a man eternal Life!
Just as being born in the flesh – the person has never existed on earth, the same from God – born of God, a New Creation in Christ appeared, which previously had never been, this is a New Creature, the old has died; if the old creature, according to Adam, does not die, a new Creature in Christ and by Christ cannot appear. Hence it is very important to understand the birth from God.
This world is composed of MANY different beliefs and if one is looking for the Truth, the pure Truth that was brought by Jesus Christ Himself, where does one go? So many beliefs declare to be the Truth, but is that so? What determines whether something is the Truth or not?
The main purpose of Jesus Christ in His appearance in this world is to preach the Kingdom of God. His appearance in this world is, first of all, evidence that there is actually another, spiritual world, a world having nothing to do with the physical, temporary world. Beginning His ministry in this world, Jesus Christ first said: “the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand” – then said: “Repent and believe the Gospel!” (Mark 1:15)
No believer in God wants to sin. A person repents, renounces the committed sins, but never comes to the essence of the sin! No matter how much he repents – the sin continues to produce its fruits, and they appear and express themselves again and again. There will be no victory, until a person finds the truth and realizes the essence of sin.