Romans 7:16 ( posted 7-18-14 )
“ If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. “
“ If then I do that which I would not, ”
To understand these verses we must acknowledge that Paul is telling us the sin he commits is not what he wishes or desires to do. This is the difference between a born again christian who willfully loves to live in sin and one who desires not to sin against God.
To think Paul was referring to his past before he was saved is not accurate.
Paul did not say any of the things we have studied in this chapter in the past tense.
Besides, an unsaved person cares nothing about doing what is right in God's eyes.
They might love selected favorite people who are close to them and who they like enough not to do wrong to them but as far as caring about what God thinks or His feelings, an unsaved person would not care.
If there is any apparent so called ritual of repentance with an unsaved person it is not because they care about what God thinks or feels but rather it is an attempt to keep their soul out of hell after they physically die.
If you remember in our earlier study in Romans we learned that Paul said God gave human beings a conscience to know right from wrong and the ability to know God;
“ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. “ Romans 1:19
Along with this knowledge of God and His moral values is the knowledge of an eternal hell.
Even though most human beings will verbally deny the existence of an eternal hell, they still have the conscience God gave them that reminds them hell exists.
For a person who is saved by placing his or her faith in Jesus Christ, the fear of eternal hell is removed as the person who believes in Jesus has peace with God and knows that even though they do like Paul in the verse of our study said;
“ If then I do that which I would not, ”
will not end up in eternal hell after physical death because the person who believes in Jesus will end up in Heaven after physical death simply because he or she believes in Jesus.
If you are afraid to die, put your faith in Jesus.
Jesus removes all fear of death.
“ I consent unto the law that it is good. “
The Greek reads this way - “ sumthemi to nomo hoti kalos “... “ I agree with the law that good. “ The words “ it “ and “ is “ were added in the translation since it is obvious what Paul is saying refers to the law.
Keep in mind that Paul never said anything bad about the law.
If you remember in our earlier study Paul said the law is holy, just and good;
“ Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. “ Romans 7:12
Paul also said the law is spiritual;
“ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. “ Romans 7:14
Paul said the law leads people to Jesus;
“ Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. “ Galatians 3:24-25
Jesus never said anything bad about the law;
“ The law and the prophetswereuntil John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.“ Luke 16:16-17
“ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teachthem,the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.“ Matthew 5:17-19
There can be no doubt that Paul might possibly be telling us again, that the law is good.
However, Paul might also be telling us that since the law taught him about sin and made him aware just how bad sin is, even though he cannot help but commit sin still being human, his desire not to commit sin is a good thing.
I will continue with verse 17 in the next study.