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 Category:  Spiritual Non-Fiction
  Posted: April 10, 2020      Views: 45

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"Apostle Paul? Wretched?" by Deniz22

QUESTION: What is "wretched"?

ANSWER: The Apostle Paul told of the condition of spiritual wretchedness in Romans 7.

Strangely enough, he was not speaking there of the misery stemming from a sinful life style, which the Bible warns always accompanies sin.

Instead he was speaking of a wretchedness unique to Christians...disobedient ones.

They may be compared to frustrated eagles, meant to soar in the heavens, yet chained to a stake in the pig pen.

As Paul processed his undoubted conversion, he saw sin in his thought life, trying to lead him away from Christ.

This reality was intensified by his new understanding of the Law; such thoughts were considered sin by God, even though not acted upon.

Interesting that in this chapter, he states twice these sins are not coming from him!

As a new man in Christ, he does not sin.

Sin comes from the "old man" which has been crucified with Christ.

So there's no condemnation in Christ but there is the need for the new nature to overcome the impulses of evil emanating from our old sin natures.

This overcoming is not to gain or keep salvation, which has been freely given to us forever.

Such victory over the flesh glorifies Jesus, who made it possible by His atoning death on our behalf.

Happily, this victory over our flesh is made possible by the power of the Spirit, which he explains fully in Romans chapter 8.

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To understand Christians are not simply forgiven sinners, but new creatures in Christ, the old nature having been crucified with Christ, is the way to freedom, growth in grace and victory to God's glory!
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