DEFENDING THE LAW

Rom 7:7-14

 

We have said in verses 1-6 concerning the law:

 

1. That the law has no dominion over the believer. Vs 2

2. That the believer is loosed from the law. Vs 2

 

3. That the believer is dead to the law by the body of

     Christ. Vs 4

 

4. That the believer is delivered from the law. Vs 6

 

5. That the believer is not to serve under the law. Vs 6

 

Having fully explained that the believer is not under the system of the law, but operating under grace, the Holy Spirit of God now impresses upon the Apostle Paul the need to explain the workings of the law more precisely.

 

I. THE LAW IS HOLY. Vs 7, 12

 

In vs 7 the question is what shall we say then?

 

Considering all that has been expressed in the first 6 verses of this chapter, are we to consider the law bad or sinful.

 

What have we learned?

 

We have learned that we are not operating under the law, because the law though it is good and righteous and just and holy, it shows us sin.

 

It cannot cause us to obey. It can show us sin.

 

The law is made up of commandments. It is a list of do’s and don’t’s.

 

It is Holy. Vs 12

 

Holy - means set apart for God’s service, characterized by perfection, commanding absolute adoration and reverence, spiritually pure.

 

The law is just. Each command being just.

 

Just means it is perfectly conformed to the law giver.

 

It gives instruction concerning the right way to live and the punishment equal to the transgression.

 

The law shows us the pureness of God. The law giver.

 

The law is good.

 

This is the word God used after each day of creation. And God saw that it was good.

 

When God says something is good that means it is favorable to Him.  When God says that a thing is good we can be sure it is excellent. It cannot be improved upon by man.

Ps 19:7-8

7    The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8    The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

 

Luke 16:17

17  And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

 

II. THE LAW REVEALS SIN FOR WHAT IT IS.

(Vs 8-11,13)

 

Without the law sin was dead.

 

There would be no knowledge of sin.

 

A. Sin has its roots in lust. (Vs 7-8)

 

The old nature, the flesh, wants to be satisfied.

 

The flesh has no thought for the correctness of the letter.

 

The flesh makes no provision for the law or what is right or wrong it simply cries for appeasement.

Concupiscence  is evil desire or lustful passion.

 

B. Without the law sin was dead. (Vs 8)

 

With no law there is no way of knowing right or wrong.

 

Sin is falling short of God’s commands and purpose.

 

How would the believer or any individual know if his actions please his creator if there is no law?

 

The law reveals sin.

 

If there is no law then what ever we did would be acceptable.

 

It is only when God by the law tells us that certain behavior is unacceptable that we see sin.

 

C. The law brings death (vs 9-10)

 

Alive without the law. (Vs 9)

There are at least three ways to consider what Paul is saying here.

 

All three are correct and may be applicable to the believer.

a. Before the giving of the law Adam was alive.

 

Even after the fall, God made provision for Adam to be saved- through Christ.

 

God killed animals and placed skins upon Adam to cover his sin.

 

Adam had no law to live by.

 

Abraham had no law to live by.

 

Yet they were saved by faith in God to provide a sacrifice in their behalf.

 

b. When we were children before we understood the law, before the age of accountability we sinned but we did not know we were sinning.

 

But when we heard the law and understood that we had transgressed the law sin was revealed.

 

Before one realizes God’s commands he has a chance to live.

 

But, once one realizes the commands of God and the fact that he has not lived up to those commands then the penalty applies and death by sin.

 

Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

By the time we understand the commandment which shows how God requires His creatures to live, we are already condemned to death by them.

 

c. When Paul was a Pharisee he lived under the law.

 

He thought he was doing good.

 

He thought he was doing God a favor by killing disciples of Jesus.

 

Paul was a hypocrite being deceived by sin.

 

Phil 3:6

6    Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

 

Paul thought he was perfect. Thought he was not a sinner.

 

But when the Holy Spirit made the commands of the law clear to him he realized his true condition.

 

He was dead in treaspasses and sin. (Vs 13)

 

Paul had the law but had never applied the law to himself.

Therefore, he was without the law.

III. THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL

 

Rom 7:14

14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

 

1 Cor 2:13-14

13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

In the flesh we cannot know the spiritual content of the law.

 

Paul said I am carnal. That is he sees life through the old nature.

 

Trying to please the flesh in the lusts thereof.

 

Rom 8:8

8    So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

In the flesh one cannot please God.

It is impossible to please Him.

 

Paul will go on to prove this point in our next study.

 

The law is spiritual and it must be spiritually discerned.

 

We are born with the old nature, sold under sin.

 

Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

Adam sold out all humanity to sin when he disobeyed God.

 

But, when we refuse to accept Christ, we sell ourselves out to sin.

 

We have only one commandment to obey.

 

Be saved and go to heaven or refuse salvation and go to hell.

 

1 Tim 1:5-7

5    Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

6    From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

7    Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

 

Rom 13:8-10

8    Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9    For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

1 Tim 1:5

5    Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

 

James 2:8

8    If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

 

If we love God supremely and love one another, we will fulfill the law. The law keeps us on track.

 

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