God’s Grace in Romans | The Law is Good – We Are Not|
We saw from our last discussion that we are delivered from the law where we were in bondage through the body of Christ judged on the cross.
Then the apostle continues;
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Romans 7:7
Now there are a few things we must carefully observe from the above verse;
First, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.”
Many have done the mistake of thinking because we are delivered fron the law the then law in itself is not good. God forbid! The law is not sin, the law, in of itself is perfect.
The problem has never been with the law, but with our depraved nature. It is with the fallen man who lacks the capacity to fulfill the demands of the law (Romans 8:3).
Man was created with a living body that was alive to God. When sin entered, sin killed the flesh and rendered it incapable of responding to God (Romans 8:10-11).
Therefore, it is because of the weakness or inability of the flesh that God had to deliver us from the law’s overwhelming demands. Only a sinless God-man could keep the law, and this is what Jesus did on our behalf.
The law is good, but we are not. Hence, the law is good, but not good for us!
Second, “I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. “
When the word of God speaks of we been delivered from the law, many of us have jumped into this conclusion that it is the ceremonial law that we are delivered from. That the moral law is still binding, that we are to keep the moral law for righteousness.
In context, the previous verse tells us we are delivered from the law, this verse now goes on to explain mentioning “Thou shalt not covet” which is not a ceremonial law but the moral, the last commandment on the big 10.
We are delivered from the ceremonial (animal sacrifices and diverse washings), Moral and Civil laws. We are totally free in Christ, for there is no law given that can give life and righteousness (Galatians 3:21).
Life and righteousness are fruits of God’s Spirit at work in a man. These fruits are a manifestation of the nature of Christ functioning in a man.
Righteousness doesn’t come from beholding tables of stone, but from the pulsating life of Christ in the heart of a new man, where only Christ deserves the praise.
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11
I live in God’s Spirit and where the Spirit is, there is liberty. I am not free to live a life of sin, but l am free from the bondage and penalty of sin.
I glorify God in my spirit and in my body which are God’s with health, soundness and righteousness. Praise Jesus!
I Heard “Don’t let him steal the word, don’t doubt whether it was me who led you out or not. I am saying to you, I spoke to your heart; What you heard was my word.
What you see is a war against what I have already begun to do in your life. It is all targeted to unproot my word and to stop you from seeing what I have begun to do, however, it is all a test of your faith.
Go forth, you are walking on the word, do not see these boisterous winds and receive fear into your heart. Your help will always appear dear child”
Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. Luke 8:13(NIV)
Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Mathew 14:29-30
Blessings in Christ,
~Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
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