[SW206] 10/30/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“Wretched or Free?”
Text: Romans 7, etc.
Does God want us to remain wretched, sold into bondage to sin? No! He sent Jesus Christ to free us. Will we believe Him?
Romans 7:14, 19, 24, 25
Sold into bondage to sin!
Wretched man that I am!
Who will set me free? Jesus Christ!
“Wretched” was Paul’s former condition.
“Free” is his present condition.
Why is he no longer wretched?
Jesus makes clear in John 8:31-36 that He is able to set us free, indeed! Free from what? slavery to sin!
Romans 6:1-3, 7, 11, 18, 22
WE die, HE lives. That’s how we get there.
1Peter 2:24, Galatians 2:20 and 5:24!
There must be a death, and it happens when we ask Jesus Christ to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire! Hallelujah!
THEN there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
UNTIL THEN, we are like the church at Laodicean — and He warns them and us (Revelation 3:17-19).
Are we really to remain wretched? What kind of salvation is that? What kind of God would we serve, if that were true?
Satan is very clever. He will take a Scripture and twist it, then whisper it in the ears of Christians. He has twisted Romans 7 in the minds of many, and it is taught almost everywhere that Romans 7 must be the present condition of believers.
Throw that back to theft of hell from whence it came! Romans 7 is not:
1. A good Scripture to use if believers want an excuse for sinning.
2. The present condition of Christians.
BUT . . . will you believe God? Will you believe Jesus? God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
And you know Satan is a murderer, a liar and the father of lies, and that there is no truth in him (John 8:44). He comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), but Jesus Christ came that you may have life as God has it, eternal life, abundantly, here and now! Will you believe God?