What Comes Before Good News


Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.  Romans 7:24-25

My spirit is committed to Christ.  So is my mind and heart but they are also bent toward sin. My flesh is ever breathing down my throat.  I get weary of it, don’t you?  On the best of days, I sin.  On the worst of days, I sin more.  Often, I echo the words of C.J. Mahaney when he lamented, “I am the worst sinner I know!”

I can’t believe we’re exactly half way through Romans.  Are you being challenged?  Have you found the spiritual meals we’ve been consuming to be strengthening, enlightening, and even transforming?  I have. But, I’m also aware that oftentimes the teacher gets the greatest reward from preparing the material.

I am so excited to start Chapter 8.  Before I finish Romans later this year, I hope to have tucked away Chapter 8 to memory, following one of my mentors.  That chapter alone would be enough spiritual food for a lifetime.  Paul ends Chapter 7 with the cry of a broken man.  He begins Chapter 8 with the news that, in Christ, he is not condemned for his sin and brokenness.

If I really want to grasp the good news that is about to come, I must also embrace the totality of my sinfulness.  The hopelessness of one condition will increase the joy of salvation.

Lost and found.  Condemned and forgiven.  Object of wrath and object of grace.  Could your love be more wonderful?  Could your Gospel bring better news to a lost woman?  How much you love me and knowing my sinfulness, I give you glory.  Amen



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