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A wretched man saved by Grace

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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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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Personal

 

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We Give Thanks

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It had been a very challenging week for me, I’m glad that I can finally get some rest on a peaceful Sunday night. I was thinking of what to do whether I’d play the guitar, listen to some old school Dream Theater music. But suddenly it just hit me, I had another one of those Psalm 143:5 moments: (https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=180504928653097):

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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Personal

 

Messed Up

Exodus 2:11-12,14-15,22

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. [12] Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. [14] The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” [15] When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. [22] Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Personal

 

Amazing Grace

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A few weeks ago, I had another one of those Psalm 143:5 moments. For those of you who don’t know what Psalm 143:5 is, it goes something like this:

“I remember the days of long ago;

I meditate on all your works

and consider what your hands have done.”

This is a Psalm written by king David and I will always recall this Psalm during times of personal reflection. I usually recount things that happened in my life ever since I became Christian. In hindsight, it never ceases to amaze me how He orchestrates everything beautifully in my life and other’s lives as well. Indeed the verse in Romans 12:2 comes to life: “– his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” because no matter what situation we’re going through right now, we can be assured that God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Personal

 

Wrestling in Prayer

As I’ve been reading the book of Colossians, I noticed a verse that usually wouldn’t strike me as I read the Bible. It says in:

Colossians 4:12

“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”

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The key phrase that struck me is: “He is always wrestling in prayer for you”. In “The Message” it mentions that Epaphras has been tireless in praying for them while in the “New living translation” it says that he prays earnestly for them.

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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Personal

 

Authorities

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Recently, when I go to school for the classes I teach at DLSU, I pass by the supreme court and there are a lot of rallies by a group of farmers demanding justice and equal rights to their share of the land that is supposedly their inheritance. During these times there are a lot of barricades and police officers on duty just in case any riot happens. Everytime I am in front of an officer I automatically become wary of my actions subconsciously in the presence these authorities. Probably it’s because I respect the officers in uniform and know that I have to be on my best behavior whenever I am in front of these men (not to mention that they hold a gun!).

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Personal

 

A Dying Man’s Wish

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A dying man’s last request is the single most important request that he will ever ask for his life. That’s why in real estate planning we have the last will or testament, the last will is really more for the person departing this world than for the heir because it is through the last will that they will be able to leave earth peacefully knowing that they’ve left the possessions they want to leave behind to the people they want to leave them with, organization, social groups etc.

With regard to this, the great commission of Jesus is always attributed as the single most important command that he gave us and we should obey without question. After all, after he commanded his disciples to “go and make disciples…” he ascended to heaven and he was no more.

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Posted by on August 3, 2010 in Personal