Romans 7:7-8 ( posted 4-24-14 )
“ 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.
But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. “
“ 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. “
Paul was quoting Exodus 20:17;
“ Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. “
No, the Law is not sin. Just because the Law condemns us to eternal damnation in hell does not mean it is sin.
Living contrary to the Law is sin.
John said in his later epistle;
“ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. “ 1 John 3:4
If you remember in my earlier study in the book of Romans we learned that Paul said;
“ For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: “ Romans 2:14
The reason for this statement Paul made is because God put His truth and knowledge of His righteousness and the knowledge of right and wrong in the conscience of the human race from the beginning;
“ For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. “ Romans 1:18-21
Since nobody can live up to God's Law and His standard of righteousness, we need a Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ.
“ But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. “
The Greek word “ epithumian “ translated “ concupiscence “ means longing, desire, lust.
Paul is telling us that sin, working against the truth and knowledge of God and His righteousness that God put in the conscience of the human race before the Law was written and then later put in the written Law, enticed him to commit all manner of sin and to desire sin.
Between what Paul and John said, sin is dead without the knowledge of the truth of God and His righteousness and what is revealed in the written Law.
Adam and Eve had the will to choose to disobey God.
As a result of disobedience, they became slaves to sin, condemned to eternal hell without God.
Not only Adam and Eve but all the human race is condemned to eternal hell without God.
The only way to avoid this is to believe in God's Son Jesus as Lord and Savior of our soul.
“ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: “ Romans 5:12
“ But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. “ Romans 5:15
“ For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) “ Romans 5:17
“ For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. “ Romans 5:19
It is interesting that Paul seems to look at sin as an entity.
“ For without the law sin was dead. “
Though satan tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God, sin was not present until they disobeyed God.
I will continue with verse 9 in the next study.
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