Thursday, March 26 2009
In the 7th chapter of Romans, Paul writes in detail that we no longer live under the law, but through Jesus Christ. Romans 7:6 states...
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
In his writings concerning the Mosaic law, Paul does not completely dismiss the law, but states very clearly that it served a purpose in teaching him right from wrong. Romans 7:6 states...
What should we say, then? Are Moses' laws sinful? That's unthinkable! In fact, I wouldn't have recognized sin if those laws hadn't shown it to me. For example, I wouldn't have known that some desires are sinful if Moses' Teachings hadn't said, "Never have wrong desires." (God's Word Version)
Perhaps, you are thinking how does this apply to us today. We never followed the Mosaic law, but all of us were taught morals and ethics. We were taught right from wrong, by someone in our lives whether it be by the church or our parents. We understood that we should not break laws and be mean to others. You would have the ability to call yourself "a good person". Is that enough?
Paul writes in Romans 7:14 - 18...
14 We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin.
15 For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns].
16 Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.
17 However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.
18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.] (Amplified)
Paul admits that the law taught him morality, but his flesh was sinful and therefore he failed. Romans 7:21 states...
So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands. (Amplified)
Paul closes the chapter with the hope of Jesus Christ. As he stated in chapter 5, "...where sin abounded, grace did much more abound", we can always find hope in the love of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our deliverer and it is through Him that we are delivered from the chains of sin. Paul writes in Romans 7:24 - 25...
24 O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?
25 O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Amplified)