The wretched man.
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Romans 7:24, NIV. “What a wretched man I am” is the cry of every yielded believer. A yielded believer, as a new creation, obeys the universal principle of selfless love, the law of the spirit. The selfless love is the fulfillment of all laws because the sinful mankind could not fulfill the law,s demands by performing deeds in the sinful flesh. “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:10, NIV. A yielded believer, like Paul, yearns for delivery “from this body of death.” The “body of this death” refers to the law of sin, which wages war against the law of spirit (love) in our mind. Because we still have the old body, the law of sin (in the flesh) and the law of love (spirit) are in constant conflict within us. The only way a yielded believer could lessen the impact of this struggle is to remain in Christ, continually.
Paul also asks the question, “Who shall rescue me…”? The answer is; “Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 7:25, NIV. Paul is not thanking God through Jesus Christ, but is stating the present reality, the completed act mainly; that God, while in the human body here on the Earth, has liberated us from both; the condemnation by law, and from the power of sin. God, because He loves us, freed us from the power of our sinful nature and thus, rescued us from the body of this death. The ‘body of this death’ refers to the law and the power of sin.
In the Romans chapter six, Paul stated that we were made dead to sin and alive to the righteousness of God. In chapter seven, Paul presents the theme of two masters but one slave. A yielded believer has died to his self, and thus became a committed slave to Jesus Christ, for eternity. We must always remember that through the “Mystery of God,” the wonderful exchange on the cross at Golgotha, God rendered powerless the body of this death. However, because there are two masters, a yielded believer, the bondslave of Jesus Christ, experiences the struggle in his “inner being” concerning which master to serve. Nevertheless, the personal experience of the “Mystery of God”assures us of the irrevocable consequence of the delivery from this body of death.
Continued in the next blog.