Romans 7:12-13 ( posted 5-27-14 )
“ Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. “
“ Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. “
Paul is saying that even though the Law gave sin the legal right to condemn us to eternal hell, gave sin the legal right to own us as slaves, gave sin the legal right to deceive us and murder us... according to the verse of our study the Law is still;
“ holy, and just, and good. “
Do not ever forget the Law came from God.
Always remember what Jesus said about the Law;
“ 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
Also remember what Paul said about the Law;
“ Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
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.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. “ Galatians 3:21-26
While there are a million things in the Law that are not humanly possible to do, there are things in the Law that we can do and that God expects us to do as believers and followers of Jesus;
“ Honour thy father andthymother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. “ Matthew 19:19
“ Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the secondislike unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.“ Matthew 22:36-40
“ And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
And Jesus answering said, A certainmanwent down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and woundedhim,and departed, leavinghimhalf dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and lookedon him,and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassionon him,
And went tohim,and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gavethemto the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.“ Luke 10:25-37
“ Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. “
Paul is saying that the Law still exists and will never be destroyed.
It is the Law that makes sin what it is...sin.
“ But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; ”
The Law, being good, makes sin a horrible entity...contrary to the opinion of society.
Sin murders, deceives, corrupts, enslaves, and condemns to eternal hell anyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ.
“ that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. “
The Greek words Paul used in this phrase “ genetai kath huperbolen “ translated “ might become exceeding “ means will become exceeding great.
Jesus said sin will increase before He returns;
“ And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.“ Matthew 24:11-13
The Law is not our enemy.
Sin is our enemy.
This is one of many reasons people need Jesus.
And yes, my friend, Jesus is God.
Thomas called Jesus his Lord and his God;
“ And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessedarethey that have not seen, andyethave believed.“ John 20:28-29
Praise the name of Jesus forever!
I will continue with verse 14 in the next study.
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