Who Shall Deliver Me?

O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Romans 7:24

The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest Christians to ever walk the Earth.  If there was anyone in history who could look at himself with an approving nod, it was Paul.  If there was anyone in history who could maybe claim to be a “good person”, it was Paul.  And yet even the great Apostle Paul, who was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked and imprisoned in his life of service to the Lord, here declares himself to be a “wretched man” and in need of deliverance from the “body of this death”.

If this was Paul’s saying, how much more should it be ours? This verse has been my meditation lately.  I am a wretched man – the more I live, the more I see this and understand it.  There is nothing good about me at all in any way.  “…in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…” (Romans 7:18)  We are fighting a battle that we can not hope to win in our own strength.  Do we ever get weary of the struggle?  Do we find ourselves worn down and frustrated by our weaknesses and failings? Do we ever just long to cry out and be rid of our sinful flesh once and for all?  If so, we are not the first Christians to think and feel this way, nor will we be the last.

In answer to his own question, Paul continues in verse 25, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Who can deliver me from my weak and sinful body of flesh?  Jesus Christ.  I may be wretched, but He is glorious.  I may be sinful and vile, but He is holy and righteous.  All that I am not, He is.  And it is He who will “deliver me”.  Praise His holy name!

8 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, Yes, we fight a battle “we can not hope to win in our own strength.” Praise be to God that He has given us Christ our Savior to redeem us when we can not hope to redeem ourselves. No matter how good we are, or think we are, we still miss the mark on our own. Thanks for another great lesson. Peace, Linda

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    • Thanks, Linda. I have found out the hard way that there really is no way to win this battle in our own strength. But that is the point at which we come to fully rely on Christ, and relying on Him is the best thing in the world!

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  2. Amen! I remember when I was a little girl there was this Palmolive dish detergent commercial with this manicurist who soaked her clients hands in it. She would say “Your soaking in it!” It was supposed to be the secret to soft pretty hands. I think we all should soak in the word of God, and what could be a better place than Romans 7 and 8. It really transforms us! Keep sharing and don’t stop at chapter 7: that’s like having your cake without the icing. 🙂

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    • Good example! I want to “soak” my mind in the Word. I love Romans 7 and 8! I’ve been reading a commentary on Romans and I got to chapter 8, but I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to sit down and read it, but I’m very excited to read about that chapter! What a great chapter about victory in Him. And I would NEVER eat the cake without the icing! 🙂

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  3. So thankful for my Deliverer Jesus! If I only thought of my own wretchedness it would be awful. But when I think of Him, it is glorious. 🙂 Thanks Ben for such great posts that remind us of who we are and why He came! deb

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    • Sometimes I might think a little too much about my own wretchedness, and it gets me down pretty quickly. But I need to spend more time thinking about Him and His goodness and mercy. He is good!

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  4. Hi Ben,
    Peace is something that I think many seek but few find, because I feel the only true source of peace is God, and without Him there can be no peace. One of my absolute favorite scriptures is “Peace that surpasses all understanding”. God Bless
    Jim

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    • That’s very true and that is a great scripture. I like Romans 5:1- “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

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