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September 27, 2022
Today’s reading: Romans 7:7
The purpose of the law
We read in Romans 7:7:
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law.
A lot of people hate God’s law as confirmed later in Romans 8:7. Thus, it is not a great surprise that most Christians today want to remove the law of God. All they need to do is accept Christ, believe in Him, and then do what seems to be good and nice for them.
However, what does the law really serve? What is its purpose?
In Romans 7:7, Paul clarifies that the law is not sin or equal to sin. The law actually tells us what sin is. It defines what we should and should not do. It doesn’t take away our freedom, but rather it gives us freedom from the consequences of sin!
Time and time again, Paul reiterates that the law is good. The law is perfect. God’s law demonstrates His love toward us.
However, the law only tells us what sin is. It doesn’t give us the strength to keep them. That’s what Paul was saying in this chapter.
He knows what’s good according to the law, but he can’t do it because of his human weakness. We are imperfect human beings trying to keep a perfect law.
Paul’s struggle was real and so is our struggle. The problem isn’t knowledge because we know what we should do. The problem is our human nature.
Left alone, we are all doomed to live in our sins. We are all going to break God’s law. We are all going to suffer the penalty of death.
That’s why Paul asked an important question, “24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death (Romans 7:24)?”
Paul knew that our situation is hopeless if we are just going to rely on ourselves. The law itself can’t give us the power to keep it and most certainly, the law can’t save us!
That’s why in verse 25, Paul was filled with gratitude:
25 I thank God—through Yahshua the Messiah our Lord!
Yahshua did what the law can’t do. His sacrifice made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins when we break the law of God. Because of His sacrifice, we don’t have to die eternal death, but we are given the chance to receive eternal life.
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