The truth about the assurance we have as believers is very attractive to everyone… or at least it should be. Who doesn’t want the assurance of salvation? I can tell you, I do.
But, let’s be honest. We may want it to be true, but I’ll bet there’s some here today that don’t believe it. Primarily, because of how “unworthy” they feel. I’m sure Some here are convinced that they’re so unworthy that they are condemned by God and are somehow disqualified because of something you’ve done, or thought, or you may even struggle with.
That’s one of the things I love about this letter that Paul wrote. If you look in chapter 7, it appears Paul struggles with some of these same thoughts. Chapter 7:15 says this: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Verse 18 goes on to say, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
And finally, in verse 24 Paul says, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
Now think about that for a minute, can you imagine if Paul just ended his letter right there? It probably would’ve been one of the most depressing things we’ve ever read. Why? Because, we can all relate to what he’s saying.
It would’ve been so depressing, not because of what he said, but, primarily because that’s how we seem to live and we seem to think this same way ourselves. What Paul just said, is true for each of us, we know we’re sinful.