Wretched man that I am!
Who will set me free from the body of this death?
¹Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
²For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
³For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, ⁴so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
⁵For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Whom Christ makes free is free indeed.
Expecting to enjoy some food, a fly lights on a sheet of sticky fly paper. What seems to be food proves to be a snare. The more the fly tries to free itself, the more entangled it becomes. It dies in its struggle to free itself.
This is also true about a sinful man. He is deceived by his sins, bound by the chains of evil habits. If left to himself, he dies in his sins.
Paul had such an experience.
He describes the struggle he had to free himself from sin, but found himself helpless and in despair.
He likened himself to the condition of the Roman prisoner to whom the body of a dead man was chained. He exclaimed: “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Jesus came to break the bonds of sin and to proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Daily we have cause to thank God for Christ, our Liberator who frees us from sin.
▪︎Thank God for Jesus Christ our Lord.
▪︎Thank God for His Son, who sets us free.
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