Paul now deals with the issue of the purpose and place of the Law, and of the Ten Commandments in particular. At the heart of the issue is the Bible’s teaching of original sin. Paul’s finds a spiritual war going on within his heart and mind. The problem is not with the Commandments, but with his very nature. He looks to his own death and resurrection as the final resolution of this war within him.
* Dear God, thank You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness. Please wrap us up in Your grace and mercy today.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death!”
Paul confronts the deep truth within each of us.
He faces up to the reality that God’s people are not, and can never be, without sin on this earth.
We are fallen, broken, without hope in our own flesh.
So who will deliver us?
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
The answer is Jesus! He delivers us from our corruption and wrong-doing.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God,
Thank You for Jesus, who delivers us from our sin.
Thank You that even though we continue to the evil that we do not want to do, Your grace and mercy continue all the more to abound in us.
Please wash us clean this day.