Tag: commandments stir up sin
Scripture reading for July 21st: Romans 7:1-14
Paul’s writing in chapter seven was directed now to his fellow Jews who were under the Law but had become Christians. God’s law had been an object of attention and worthy of obedience. They had embraced the law as Jews as their source of salvation and righteousness.
Paul used the analogy of marriage to help these new believers understand their new relationship with Christ. In a sense, they had been ‘married’ to the law. God’s law of marriage states that a husband is bound to his wife and a wife to her husband as long as they are alive. When one dies, the other is free from the law of marriage and may remarry. Now, Christ fulfilled the law by His perfect obedience and became the end or death of the law to all who would believe on Him for righteousness. (Romans 7:4)
All the law could do was stimulate our sinful passions so that we broke the law by committing sin. The law was a poor husband because we could not keep it due to our sinful nature. It could only show us this nature and could not deliver us from it. (Romans 7:5-6) “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! I would have not known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet’.” (Romans 7:7) God’s law is holy but we have sin in our members. We try to keep the commandments, but the sin in us will rise up and bring us death. “The wages of sin is death!” (Romans 6:23a)
So the purpose of the law is to help us see sin in our members. “But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it (the law) produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.” (Romans 7:13b) Sin can only bring death. We died to the law through the body of Christ to be freed to be married to the resurrected Christ through the Holy Spirit! Having been freed, we enjoy eternal life!