The Law Is Holy, Just, And Good
Romans 7 corrects the error of thinking that the law can help us to overcome sin.
Romans 7 is describing anyone who is under conviction about their disobedience to God.
Romans 7 will be an indicator of our view and experience of the Christian life.
The law will not help us to overcome sin.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law - The law does not create sin; the law exposes sin.
- Paul is dealing with his personal experience and each of us can identify with him.
- If the law arouses sin ( 5), then is the law to blame for sin? Absolutely Not!
- The law defines and exposes the exact truth and nature of sin - Romans 3:9–20
For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet”
- The law reveals the exact definition of sin.
- To covet is to wrongfully desire what you do not possess - Exodus 20:17
- The tenth commandment internalizes all the commandments. The first nine commandments could be kept outwardly, but the tenth can only be kept inwardly.
v. 8–9 - The law reveals and revives the sinfulness in the heart.
- What do you think when the law says, “You shall not covet”?
- God’s law will show us how sinful we are.
- Paul is giving his overall experience when he encounters God’s law.
- To be unaffected by law is like being without law.
- To be convicted by the law is to be put to death by the law.
- Sin lies dormant in the heart and is stirred to activity by the law.
v. 10–11 - The law cannot produce life from a sinful dead heart.
- The law’s penalty of death must be paid - Romans 6:23; 7:5
- Sin deceives one into thinking he is righteous by keeping the law - Luke 18:9–14
Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good
- The law is pure - Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
- The law is just - Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
- The law is good - 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
The law is holy and just and good, but my sin nature prevents me from obeying it. Romans 8:3–4 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.