Paul comments…(Will piunds 2006}

The apostle Paul shares the intimacy of his own personal struggle and reveals his own efforts to live in a manner pleasing to God. We love him as an apostle and teacher because he can identify with us. These are the emotions and responses of a mature Christian revealing his own experience before God.

“What a wretched man I am!” does not sound like an unregenerate person. These are the words of someone who is a believer and sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in his heart. He is aware of his inability to always do what is right.

Calvin said, “We are so addicted to sin, that we can do nothing of our own accord but sin.” The apostle wants to do right, but he cannot in his own strength.

Every earnest Christian advances in Christlikeness, but he cannot arrive at perfection. Why not? Because he is sold under sin. We carry about us that which prevents us from being perfect (Rom. 7:14).

The whole point Paul is driving at is the more we grow in Christ-likeness the more clearly we realize that we fail to meet the high standards God sets before us as Christians. This fact forces us to look to Jesus Christ and the strength He gives in His Spirit to live the victorious life “in Christ.”

Who will deliver me? No one can but Jesus Christ! “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” God gives the victory through Jesus Christ. God has supplied all we need in the person and work of Christ, and He will continue to do it (John 15:4-5; Phil. 4:13, 19). Only Jesus Christ can give the victory.


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

I am glad someone else has the same problem!!

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