Romans 7:24 ( posted 11-3-14 )

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? “

 

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O wretched man that I am! “

The Greek word “ Talaiporos “ translated “ wretched “ means enduring trial, miserable, wretched.

It is interesting how some evangelicals have taken out the word “ wretch “ in the old time gospel hymn, “ Amazing Grace ” because it is now considered too offensive to use in public.

However Paul, even as a born again christian made perfect in Christ clearly called himself a miserable wreck...in the present tense.

Paul clearly said;

that I am! “ - not I was.

 

The reason he did is because he had a repentant heart like David.

Both Paul and David acknowledged their sins and repented.

If we do not acknowledge our sins and that we are sinners we can never be saved because Jesus clearly said to first repent and then believe the gospel;

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15

 

We have to understand that the old nature still exists in us.

This is what Paul is referring to...the old nature.

His new creation is not this miserable wretched man.

However, he could by choice, as all of us who are born again in Jesus, go back into living in the old nature because we are still tempted, but mainly by ourselves.

In other words, we bring temptation upon ourselves.

James clearly said;

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. “  James 1:13-15

 

 

who shall deliver me from the body of this death? “

It is said that there was a time when wicked people would tie a dead body to a living person and make them drag the body with them until they died

Paul is making it quite clear in his rhetorical question who is the only One who can save us from our situation.

His name is Jesus.

Praise the Lord Jesus!

I will continue with verse 25 in the next study.

Wayne Brown