Romans 7:10-11 ( posted 5-12-14 )

And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.



Let's continue.



And the commandment, which was ordained to life,”


Paul is referring to what God said in Leviticus.

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD. “   Leviticus 18:5

Here is the clincher;

which if a man do,“


God knew no human being could fulfill the Law.


...which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. “


Paul is not saying that God deceived anyone by coming up with the Law.

Paul told us in Galatians that the Law was designed by God to point us to Jesus.

The Law shows us that we need Jesus in order to make it to Heaven.



For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.


Paul is saying that it is not the Law that deceives people but rather it is sin that deceives people.

Though sin being deceptive, it legally by the Law can sentence a human being to eternal damnation in hell for breaking the Law...even if it is breaking only one commandment in the Law.

James said;

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10


The Law was not intended to deceive us but rather make us realize we cannot not live up to it.

According to the verse of our study, when Paul learned the Law and then broke it, he admitted sin, by the right of the Law, murdered him;

...and by it slew me.


This is one of the many differences between the Law and grace.

Now, as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, having put our inner faith in Jesus, we are no longer under the death penalty granted by the Law to sin, and condemnation granted by the Law to sin to legally condemn us to eternal hell, when we sin.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Paul said we are free from this condemnation because of the grace of Jesus Christ in whom we put our faith;

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “   Romans 6:22-23


A born again follower of Jesus Christ has no fear of physical death when the time to physically die comes. Because of our faith in Him, Jesus gives peace and assurance in our heart that we will be eternally with Him in Heaven when we draw that last breath in this earthly life...not in eternal hell.

While belonging to Jesus we are not under the legal right of the condemnation of sin given to it by the Law.


If you know anyone who fears physical death, they need Jesus in their heart.


I will continue with verse 12 in the next study.


Wayne Brown