O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from the shackles of this body of death? (Romans 7:24)
This is where we stop reading! This is the crime of the Bible-Thumping, legalistic, weak-willed, girly-men that refuse to deal with their sins! They stop here and try to defend their weaknesses and failure by saying, “See here, even Paul couldn’t do it!—who am I? I ain’t some super-spiritual giant like Paul . . .”
Well you Willy-Wonka, pile of do-do . . . read the rest of what he says—-
O thank God!
Whoa, Thank God? For what, keeping me weak and a failure? No! Through Jesus Christ—the Anointed One—our Lord! He has rescued you!
So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
If you can understand what I am about to share with you, it will revolutionize your life. It will free you from heaviness and the vulnerability to Satan’s accusations and condemnation.
We don’t reign in life by our performance—but rather by our position!
Maybe we missed this, I’m not sure, but there are two clues in a previous chapter for reigning in life:
“For if because of one man’s offense [speaking of Adam] death reigned, all those who receive the abundance of Grace and the free gift of righteousness will reign in life—will triumph over sin and death” (5:17-19)
Did you catch that? How do we reign in life and have victory of our weaknesses?
1. By the abundance of Grace—[Grace: God’s ability to do what we don’t have the ability to do]
2. By the free gift of righteousness [standing before our Father as if we had never sinned]
You will triumph over sin and death!
Get that? We don’t reign in life by performing harder, or by being better. No! Those who receive the abundance of Grace and the free gift of righteousness will reign in life!
We become Kings because of our position. In England they have a Prince Charles and one day he will become King Charles III, and it will have nothing to with his being a good Prince. It has nothing to with his performance. It wholly depends on his position. He is born to reign and he understands his identity.
If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome