Deliverance of the Wretched
Today’s reading: Romans 5:1-8:17
My selection: Romans 7:24-8:1
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
My reflections: One reality of life for the Christian is that sin is still very much a part of his daily life. His flesh is dead, unable to consistently obey God’s law despite his desire to do so. The other reality is that he is delivered from his body of death by God through Jesus Christ resulting in a state of non-condemnation.
My challenge: No condemnation! What wonderful, comforting, precious words! Perfection is not possible but,by faith in Christ, salvation is certain. We err if we expect to attain sinless perfection in this life, but we also err if we fail to embrace by faith the justification and adoption that God grants to those who repent and believe the gospel.
Fellow Christian, confess your sin. Confess it fully, and receive God’s forgiveness in Christ. Do not join Satan’s chorus of accusing the brethren including yourself. Seek to grow in obedience, knowing you are not condemned.
Tomorrow’s reading: Romans 8:18-11:10