September 1, 2008
It is becoming a very popular teaching that the Apostle Paul was not a saved man when he wrote portions of Scripture. I feel it is time for a reckoning on this point. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans about 26 years after his Damascus road experience. It was the sixth of his new testament epistles and was written from the city of Corinth on his third visit there. I find it hard to comprehend that there are those who believe that an unregenerate man was so filled with the Spirit of God that he was able to pen the words in Rom.7:7-25. When Paul cried out in verse 24 “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” This was not the cry of a lost man. This was the cry of a sinner saved by Grace who loathed sin and wanted not to do it. He explained his position very well for the discerning reader to understand. The fact that sin bothers you is evidence of salvation. You can not live in sin and be happy if you are a Child of God.
Further, consider what he wrote in Romans 7:7-25. No lost man can understand the battle that rages within the soul of a saved man. That ever present battle of the Spirit and the flesh. Each wanting you to follow. There is no battle in a lost man. It is not hard to remember my unregenerate life. I loved my sinful lifestyle, I was having a ball. Paul would not have been able to write about this if he had not known this. And no child of God does not know about the battle raging in our hearts as we look for the coming of our Lord to recieve us from this world into that Glorious presence and so ever to be with him.
As to those who preach that he was lost when he penned this portion of Scripture, you may need to study, find out what he wrote previously and discard all of those six books from the bible you use. And there is also the need to consider the elementary, present tense language that he used when he penned these words. He understood the fact that we have an advocate when we sin, for we still do sin after we are saved, but the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and brings us to repentance. Be careful of other versions of the bible because they change the wording and thereby the meaning in many passages. As for myself I will stick with my KJV 1611.
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