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Are You Carrying a Dead Guy Around?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

"Who will rescue me from this body of death?"
  ~  Romans 7:24

In New Testament times, capital punishment was sometimes carried out by tying a murder victim's body directly onto the perpetrator's back. Wherever he went he was literally weighed down by his crime, with no way to escape the stench of decomposing flesh. Eventually the bacteria-filled corpse infected him too, and he died an agonizing death.

Some days Paul felt the weight of his old nature pressing in, reminding him of things from his past that he couldn't change or eradicate (along with his struggle over habit sins). And recognizing how past events can color the present, Paul describes himself as 'a wretched man,' and asks, 'Who will rescue me from this body of death?'

The fact is, you can't move ahead with
'the old man' still clinging to you;
you must bury him.

(c)  Julie Ferwerda ~ Inspirational Christian speaker, writer and author

1 comment:

Chris said...

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