Saturday, 28 October 2017

Our Wretchedness, and God’s Righteousness

Today’s “church” is mostly self-deceived, and I fear many only have a “form of godliness” while they continue to deny His power.

Lyn from “Saved by Grace” blog shared a link with me which I shall give an excerpt but I pray you will take the time to read the entire offering given by A.W. Pink.


“Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” “Who shall deliver me?” This is not the language of despair, but of earnest desire for help from without and above himself. That from which the apostle desired to be delivered is termed “the body of this death.” This is a figurative expression for the carnal nature is termed “the body of sin,” and as having “members.” (Rom. 7:23) We therefore take the apostle’s meaning to be, Who shall deliver me from this deadly and noxious burden—my sinful self!
In the next verse the apostle answers his question, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” It should be obvious to any impartial mind that this looks forward to the future. His question was, “Who shall deliver me?” His answer is, Jesus Christ will. How this exposes the error of those who teach a present “deliverance” from the carnal nature by the power of the Holy Spirit. In His answer, the apostle says nothing about the Holy Spirit; instead, he mentions only “Jesus Christ our Lord.” It is not by the present work of the Spirit in us that Christians will be delivered “from this body of death,” but by the yet future coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for us. It is then that this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption.
But, as though to remove all doubt that this “deliverance” is future, the apostle concludes by saying, “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Let every reader note carefully that this comes after he had thanked God that he would be “delivered.” The last part of verse 25 sums up what he had said in the second part of Romans 7. It describes the Christian’s dual life. The new nature serves the law of God; the old nature, to the end of history, will serve “the law of sin.” That it was so with Paul himself is clear from what he wrote at the close of his life, when he termed himself “the chief’ of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). That was not the exaggeration of evangelical fervor, still less was it the mock modesty of hypocrisy. It was the assured conviction, the felt experience, the settled consciousness of one who saw deeply into the depths of corruption within himself, and who knew how far, far short he attained to the standard of holiness which God set before him. Such, too, will be the consciousness and confession of every other Christian who is not blinded by conceit. And the outcome of such a consciousness will be to make him long more ardently and thank God more fervently for the promised deliverance at the return of our Savior and Lord, when He shall “change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself’ (Phil. 3:2 1); and having done so, He will “present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24). Hallelujah, what a Savior!

If we truly are born of the Spirit of God we struggle daily with the sinful nature that is our flesh. If we, like the Pharisee in the temple spoken of by Jesus, see ourselves superior to others, thanking God that we aren’t like those other poor slobs, we need to ask the Lord to examine our heart and reveal the real truth about ourselves to us, not to dwell there in constant agony, but to have our eyes truly lifted to fully understand God’s grace and mercy on us, bringing His true joy even in the midst of our suffering.

I pray you will seek Him with your whole heart so that truly you will be found by Him and in Him, in Jesus name, amen!


  1. Thank you for this post. I have found it very helpful, and has answered why after so many prayers for physical healing has been said in churches across the nation, only a small number of these prayers seemed to have been successfully answered.
    And I speak as a husband whose wife is now confined to a wheelchair.
    God bless.

    1. Hi Frank! Amen. God sometimes but not always brings physical healing from our suffering. I was immediately healed from drug addiction when I was saved. My life did a complete 180, not because I was so talented, nor because I said the right words in a “sinners prayer “ but because God had mercy on me. There’s a verse in the gospels where Jesus tells His listeners that there were many lepers in Israel and Elijah was sent to one who wasn’t even Jewish! God’s ways are not our ways, but we take comfort in the fact that everything will end up for our good if we are in Jesus, and the suffering that we suffer is “but for a little while” when compared with the glory of all eternity! :)


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