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A wretched man saved by Grace

03 Jul

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Every time I feel that I’ve fallen short of God’s standards, for some reason this verse always pops up in my mind:

Romans 7:24 (NIV)
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?

This was the apostle Paul screaming (I would imagine) of how fallen his nature is. This is better phrased in my vernacular saying: “Makasalanan ako!” (I’m a sinner!)

In essence that’s a good description of who we really are. Sinners. Sin in its original usage means “to miss the mark”. To sin basically means to fall short of God’s standards.

Without a moral standard by which we can measure everything, then it would be meaningless to differentiate what’s right from wrong. But because of who God is, we are now able to see his standards of righteousness and that standard is his holiness.

That’s the reason the apostle Paul feels this way in this verse. At this point he was already a Christian but because of the holiness of God all the more he sees his fallen state. That’s the bad news, so does that mean there’s no longer any hope for us?

Great news is in the next verse he says this:

Romans 7:25 (NIV)
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!…

In the very next verse he says that the one who saves us in this “body of death” is none other than Jesus Christ our Lord

We are delivered, we are rescued from our state of hopelessness, caused by sin, because of Christ and Christ alone. He saved us by the sacrifice of himself on the cross. Our salvation didn’t come without a price/cost. The cost is Jesus Christ who died and paid for our sins on the cross. God’s one and only son Jesus Christ, the lamb without blemish, the king of kings and the lord of lords, faultless, sinless, he gave up his life for us to act as the ultimate provision for our sins.

Basically that’s the gospel. It can be summarized with the statement below. It’s what we call the two essentials to understanding the gospel:

“The magnitude of our debt and the greatness of his provision”

Romans 7:24-25 (NIV)
What a WRETCHED MAN I AM! Who will RESCUE me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who DELIVERS me through JESUS CHRIST our Lord!…

The reason this verse ministers to me that much is because it always reminds me of the gospel, what Christ has done for us.

Good evening! 🙂

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