Meditation Commentary on Romans 7:21-24
21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
This passage proves that only God has the power to make good of ones’ life. Paul speaks of himself as “the one who wills to do good,” yet, cannot accomplish good in his strength. He is speaking in somewhat of a frustrated tone, due to the fact that his motives are to be pure, yet he cannot seem to get control of his actions. Often, I find myself in this same condition. In these times, one is left with no other option than to fall on Christ and cry out for help!
We see from this passage that sin is an extremely powerful force. It is likened unto a battle that takes place within us. Thankfully, man is not left helpless, only to be defeated by sin and the devil. God has provided deliverance through Christ!
In verse 24, we see that man is sinful, with the need for a savior. Without Christ, mankind is miserable and desperate. This misery is spoken” of in James 5:1, which says, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!”
People in the world today are aware of the emptiness inside them, and are asking the question, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” We see signs of this longing for deliverance as more and more people turn to means or methods in an effort to find relief. Drugs, alcohol, sex, entertainment, and false religions are just a few of the obvious ways in which we see the lost searching for deliverance from their discontentment and misery.
Oh how important it is for us, as Christians, to do what Christ has commanded us to do in Matthew 28:19-20! “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…”