Before and after, or always?

Romans 7:24
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

The hot debate concerning Romans 7 seems to play out in the life of every believer. Some say that Romans 7 is before Christ and Romans 8 is after. Before Christ you’re a sinner, after Christ you are not. This, however, bears no resemblance to the experience of any Christian who is living or who has ever lived. I get the other points behind this “before and after” view, especially concerning the verifiable difference in behavior that faith in Christ must make in a person if that faith is to be considered valid, but Paul seems to be saying more. He seems to be saying that life IN Christ is a struggle against sin too. And it certainly is. This admission, however, takes nothing away from the difference faith makes. Before Christ, I sin and all I have are consequences here and forever. After or IN Christ, I sin and I have His death for my sin on the cross as the full remedy for it and its consequences here and forever. This doesn’t mean that I don’t sow SOME of what I reap, but, IN Christ, I reap in eternity what He sowed for me through His death and resurrection, through His kept promise of the empty tomb.

Lord, it is not a rhetorical question. Who will deliver me from the body of death? Jesus Christ! Thank You Father for sending Your Son Who saves all who believe, even me. Remake our lives (Per Romans 8:6) by making our mindset to be Your Spirit of life and peace. Amen.



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