Romans 7:9 ( posted 5-2-14 )
“ For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. “
“ For I was alive without the law once: “
Notice Paul said he was once alive without “ the Law ”...not alive without sin.
Remember that Paul said by one man sin entered into the world;
“ 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:
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. “ Romans 5:12-14
Every human being is a sinner.
Technically, just as we who are spiritually dead from birth because of Adam's transgression but yet we still exist, likewise sin is dead ( but still exists ) until we knowingly break either the Law of God that He put in our heart even before the Law of Moses or break the written Law of Moses.
An infant at birth, not able to know right from wrong is not under the condemnation of the Law of Moses nor under the Law God put in the infant's heart. Since the infant does not know how to willfully choose to disobey God and commit sin - sin, though dead but yet existing, cannot “ revive “ in the infant as long as the infant does not know right from wrong and though, through the infant breaking the Law, sentence the infant to eternal damnation in hell, as Paul described what happened to him in the verse of our study, when he came to learn and understand the Law of God in his heart and the Law of Moses.
This is why babies that die during abortions, crib death, miscarriage or however they die, will automatically go to Heaven to be with Jesus.
Praise the Lord.
This is one reason Jesus said;
“ But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.“ Luke 18:16
This is precious.
If you remember in my earlier study in the book of Romans we learned that Paul said;
“ For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
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:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) “ Romans 2:12-15
Paul is not contradicting himself in this statement.
It confirms his statement in the verse of our study.
A person who knowingly disobeys God has committed sin. Sin revived, and by the Law sentenced them to eternal damnation in hell.
This is why Paul was referring to people who sin;
“ For as many as have sinned “
Paul was referring to people who knowingly sin, though never having heard the Law of Moses but still have the Law God put in their heart even before Moses wrote the Law, people who know right from wrong because of the Law God put in their heart.
This is why Paul said they will perish even without the Law of Moses because of the Law God put in their heart in which they disobeyed and fully had sin imputed unto them.
“ but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. “
During Paul's early life, sin was dead and was not imputed to him until he learned right from wrong.
Then, sin could do by the Law in sentencing Paul to eternal damnation in hell, legally by the Law.
And yes, even though Paul died because of sin he still existed.
It was when he put his faith in Jesus that he came back to life.
Technically, as with anyone who comes to believe in Jesus, we die again with Jesus and are resurrected with Jesus unto eternal life with Jesus.
Complicated, but Biblical.
God never ceases to amaze me.
The Lord bless you.
I will continue with verse 10 in the next study.
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