O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me?

   

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Just before and after chapter 7, the message is to reject sin and to serve God in the Spirit to be saved from eternal death. What all chapter 7 offers is death to those who live in sin. The salvation message starts from the next verse, chapter 8:1. Paul was born as Jew, knows the law from birth and he was blameless or sinless according to the law. Paul did not give his testimony in chapter 7, but he teaches about a gentile believer. Paul followed Jesus Christ. Let us also follow Christ.

 

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O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.

Christians think that sin in moderation must be the way of life. So, preachers teach that sinning in moderation is inevitable and those who do will also go to heaven. They twist scriptures to support the doctrine. One of them is Romans 7th chapter. Let us study Rom 7 with a few other verses, comparing Paul's teaching with the teaching of false preachers. Let us include a few verses from Chapter 6 and 8 to keep it in proper context. Let us start with the end of chapter 6. Vs 20 says For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 says that the end of all sins is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Here we see a group of people, who served sin in the past are made free. Now, they serve God and yield fruits of holiness. They will receive eternal life. Paul emphasizes that we must also separate ourselves from sin, in order to serve God and to receive eternal life.

Rom 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Here Paul emphasizes that we must walk after the Spirit but not walk after the flesh. The spiritual walk with Jesus Christ will make us free and save us from sin and eternal death. This is salvation message. So, just before and after chapter 7, the messages are to reject sin and to serve God. So, we must know that Paul will not accommodate sinning in chapter 7.

In Rom 7:1-6 Paul gives an example that if a married woman went with another man, it is adultery. But if her husband is dead and she married another man, it is not adultery. So also he ask the gentiles to get free from sin and Judaism which is in the similitude of her first husband and to serve in the Spirit which is in the similitude of her second husband. Paul emphasizes that we must quit sin in order to serve God in the Spirit. We cannot serve sin and God at one time.

In verses 7-23, which is a long section, Paul teaches hypothetically to the gentiles. Paul teaches them as what he would do, if he were a gentile convert. He puts himself as an example in the teaching. That is, he personify himself as a gentile. He says that he did not know what was sin until the law came to him. He was doing the things of flesh without knowing the law that they were sins. He thought that the law will help him, but when the law came it made him know that he is a sinner and put him in the hold, etc. Here, Paul explained the predicament of a new gentile believer, acting himself as the gentile. But in real life Paul was born as a Jew, he knows the law from birth and he was blameless, he kept the law, and he was sinless according to the law. Phil 3:5 say Paul was, Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee. 6 touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. He was a Jew and he was sinless. But, the false preachers step in the 7th chapter and say this is the testimony of Paul and it is his admission of sins. That is a total error. Then they bring a logic saying if Paul can sin and go to heaven, we can also sin and go to heaven. Their purpose is not to condemn Paul. But, they put him in sin to convince sinners that they could also go to heaven.

Let me give another example. Paul calls himself as chief of sinners since he made havoc in churches before his conversion. Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 1Tim 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. ...15 ..Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. The sin of Paul was persecuting Christians. But his sins were neither covetousness, fornication, adultery, idolatry, or such. They quote Paul not for persecuting the church, but for an excuse to tolerate sensual, immoral sins and to live in them.

Now, the last two verses. Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Here is the admission of being a wretched man and the question who will deliver me from eternal punishment. But this question of a sinner will not be save him. Vs 25, I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Here, sinners thank God through Jesus Christ. Nobody will be saved by calling thank God thank God. Rest of vs 25 So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. That is, I admit the law is good in my mind, but I live in sin. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; So, what all chapter 7 offers is death to those who live in sin. But the salvation message starts from the next verse, chapter 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. False preachers will not come to chapter 8, but preach salvation in chapter 7 by persuasion and manipulation. They deceive people.

In 1 Cor 11:1 Paul says be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Paul followed Jesus Christ. Let us also follow our Lord Jesus Christ as Paul and the rest of the saints followed Jesus Christ.

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