Romans 7:7-12:Is the law 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. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”[a] But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.  Romans 7:7-12.

The answer to this question is emphatically no.  The law was set forth by the Lord to reveal to Israel God’s holiness and righteousness.  It revealed to the nation time and again that they were indeed in need of a savior and messiah.  It is impossible to keep the law of God because when the law came forth, sin took advantage and through temptation caused people to break God’s law time and again.

When Jesus came the first time the nation of Israel at the time thought that when the Messiah came that He would be a conquering King like King David.  What they failed to understand is that He did not come to conqueror Rome and set Israel free.  He came to conqueror the curse of sin and death and set the human heart free from sin and the bondage of Satan.

Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but He came to fulfill in the law.  In fulfilling the law Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for humanity.  He lived a life without sin and fulfilled every prophecy set forth in the Old Testament that pointed to the coming Messiah.  There wasn’t one prophecy that Jesus missed because He was led by the Holy Spirit in all things.

It is important for us as believers in Jesus Christ to not only study the New Testament but to also study the Old Testament.  Understanding the law of the Lord and its demands will give us a greater understanding of the grace and mercy of God.  We will also begin to see how everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ and will give us a greater understanding of God’s word and who He is.

God has given us His word not so that it can simply sit on the shelf, but He has given us His word to study because in studying His word we come to know the depths of His heart.  Let us draw near each day to the Lord and not be afraid to study His word and meditate upon His word.  As we draw near to the Lord, He will draw near to us.


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