Romans 7:7 Is The Law Sinful?

“What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7

Paul had previously talked about how the law brings about death. People then state that the law in sinful, that God is in the wrong, since He made something to cause sin and death.

Immediately Paul states that the law is not sinful in any way. It is because of the law that he knew what coveting was.

The law had to be in place in order for any person to know what the rules were. Without the law a person cannot know what is right and what is wrong.

The world loves to state that God is in the wrong with allowing sin to be in the world in the first place. It is often asked why did not God just destroy Satan immediately when he rebelled and keep sin out of the world.

God could have done that, but He wanted people who really wanted Him, not just forced to serve Him because there is no other way. In order for people to serve Him correctly they had to be told what was right and wrong. This is where the law comes into effect.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given a rule of not touching a certain tree. When they ate of the fruit of the tree, they had broken God’s simple rule, which then brought about death.

It is the same today. God has laid down a few simple rules for life. If any of those rules are broken, and everyone breaks some of them, death comes.

The law in itself is not sinful. It is helpful in knowing what God desires of His people.

Are you willing to look at the laws God has put into place? Are you willing to try to live by those laws? Or will you, like the world, accuse God of making sinful, bad laws?

I pray today that you will know the desires of God’s heart; that you will strive to live by God’s rules; that you will know the grace Jesus provides you; and that you will tell others of Jesus.

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Romans 7:4 Dead To Live

“So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4

Paul had just talked about marriage. He points out that a person is married until death. At the point of death, that person is released, by law, to marry someone else. Prior to death, any re-marriage is committing adultery.

In this passage he points out that in the same way every believer dies with Jesus in order to belong to Him. A believer in Jesus has died to the old law.

The old law only brought about death, it could not bring life to a person. Once a person sinned, he had to die.

Once a person is dead to the law, he is raised to live a life for God. He is expected to bear fruit for God.

The fruit for God is a wide range of things that portray Jesus in a person and to the world. When being like Jesus, the first thing most people think about is being holy and not doing any sin. While this is correct, there is much more to bearing fruit for God.

One must also be active in doing things for God. Changing your thoughts to line up with His; telling others about Jesus; serving others; caring for others; worshipping Jesus; praising God and many other things.

All too often people believe in Jesus, but stay dead. They do not live for God. They just go through the motions. There is no fruit in their lives.

What are you doing for God today? Are you living for Him? Or are you living for yourself?

Are you still living in death? Or have you died in order to live for Jesus?

As a believer you are dead to sin and alive to Jesus. Are you living that way?

I pray today that you will die to sin; that you will allow God to make you alive to Him; that you will live for Jesus; that you will live to bear fruit for God; and that God will use you to reach many for Jesus.

Romans 6:14 Sin Is No Longer In Control

“For sin shall no longer by your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

When the law was in full effect, people had no option about being controlled by sin. The rules were that one does not do certain things, if he does, it is sin and it brings about guilt and death. At that time sin was the master of a person. Since Jesus came and fulfilled the law’s requirements, it no longer has power over a person.

Humans are terrible about doing the very thing that they are told not to do. This is what the law did, told them what not to do.

In this process sin became the master of a person. They were bound to sin and could not escape it.

Jesus broke that power over a person with His grace. God knows that you had sinned and are guilty and deserve death. Yet, He has chosen to have grace on you and allow you to be forgiven and receive life.

Outside of the fact that God said He would forgive you, there is no reason for God to forgive you of your sins. You are guilty and deserve only death. This shows how great His grace is.

Every day you will still have sin creeping into your life. It does not have to be your master. You do not have to bow down to sin and follow it. Jesus has given you the power to turn away from sin.

Under the law once you sinned, you were guilty for life and could never change that. Sin could then keep you sinning since you were already guilty. Sin would remind you of your past and keep you guilty.

Jesus removed that sin and guilt because of His grace. Now you can look to the future since the guilty past is now clean. The law cannot hold you guilty anymore. Without being able to hold you guilty, it cannot hold you in its bind and be your master.

Do not allow sin to be your master anymore. Look to Jesus for your strength to break the bonds of sin in your life.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given you; that you will know the grace of God in your life; that the bonds of sin will be broken in your life; and that you will not offer yourself to sin.

Romans 3:28 Set Right By Faith

“For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” Romans 3:28

People like to do things in order to feel good about themselves. They like to show how good they are by what they do. Doing good things shows value and worth in the world’s eyes. It makes the person better, according to the world.

With God doing good things has a different meaning. It does not change your value at all. It does not make you better or worse.

Many people in the church do many good works to look better, just like the world does. They try to appear good to others and to God. They are trying to earn their ticket into heaven. It is trying to be right before God, when one is not right.

Once a person sins against God, that sin is there for eternity unless it is removed by God Himself. Often people try to cover up that sin and make themselves look right by doing many good things. This can be outside the church or in the church.

In today’s passage Paul is pointing out that it is not through doing good works that a person is made right. It is not in following the Law that a person is made righteous.

The only way a person is made righteous before God is through faith in Jesus. Abraham was declared righteous before the law was ever given. His righteousness came by his faith in God, not by what he did.

Since this was the case, salvation became possible for everyone. Both the Jews and the Gentiles are now able to be saved, because it had nothing to do with the Law. Jesus fulfilled the Law by becoming your sacrifice for your sins. Your faith in Him is what now makes you right before God.

Since everything is by faith, everyone is the same. There is no boasting left to be done. It also gives you a reason to obey the law and to do good works. Jesus obeyed the Law and did the good work of dying on the cross for you.

What can you do for God today? What good work can you do as a way of saying thank you for your salvation, not to earn your salvation?

I pray today that you will see the gift of salvation Jesus has provided for you; that you will have faith in Jesus and not your works; that you will do good works because you are saved, not to be saved; and that you will know and understand the justification Jesus has given you.

Romans 3:20 Purpose of the Law

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20

There are two types of people when it comes to looking at the laws of God. One group states you must follow every little rule or else you are in trouble. The other group ignores God’s rules altogether.

The group that ignores the law, looks at Jesus and the grace and salvation He provides. They believe that you do not have to follow the law anymore.

This then brings up the question as to why did God ever give the law? What is it’s purpose? If one cannot be saved by following the law, why have it?

The reason for the law is to show what sin really is. Unless a person is told what not to do, he cannot be held accountable for doing it. For this reason God has laid down the rules.

If a person follows the law perfectly from birth until death, he would have no need for the salvation Jesus provided. He would be perfect in himself. Yet, this is not the case. Every person has broken the law and deserves the punishment of death.

With this judgment against every person, the need for Jesus comes up. He is the only one who lived a perfect life. He is the one who paid the punishment of death for your sins. It is through Jesus that you can be saved.

The law was set up to help you realize that you are sinning against God. It also reveals your need for the salvation Jesus provides you. Without the law you would not realize how much of a sinner you really are. You would think that you are a good person, even though it was not true.

Look to the law to see where you are failing God. Realize all the sins that you have done and continue to do. Then, look to the salvation Jesus provides. Trust Jesus for His cleansing of your sinful record.

I pray today that you will see the sin in your life; that you will realize how corrupt you are; that you will look to Jesus to be cleansed of your sin; that you will not try to be righteous on your own; and that you will live for Jesus in His righteousness.

Romans 2:13 Declared Righteous

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Romans 2:13

People love to talk about the laws. Some people agree with the laws, while others will disagree. There are many heated debates about the value of different laws.

This is also true inside the church. Many believers will discuss the laws of God. People like to point out the many laws of God to other people. Some seem to be able to quote all of the laws and rules of God.

The world even knows about laws. They have many laws in place that mirror many of God’s laws: do not steal, do not lie, do not cheat, do not destroy someone else’s property, do not kill, and many more. Although many know about these laws, many do not obey them.

Knowing the laws of God is not a bad thing, but it does not make a person righteous before God. Righteousness is found in obedience to the laws of God.

The challenge with the law is that if a person breaks one law, he is guilty and deserves death. Once this guilt is in place it cannot be removed by obeying it anymore. Only Jesus can remove the guilt. It is by His blood that the guilt is removed.

Do not be the one who goes around just pointing out sin in other people’s lives or quoting all the laws of God. Put your trust in Jesus to remove the sin, and point people to Jesus. Obey the laws of God.

Knowing the law will only point out the sin. Knowing Jesus will remove the sin and help you to live obeying the laws. You will need to have the righteousness that Jesus provides. Without His perfect righteousness you will never have any, since you have already disobeyed His laws and sinned.

Seek to know God and obey Him. Seek the righteousness of Jesus.

I pray today that you will trust Jesus to remove your sins; that you will put on the righteousness of Jesus; that you will not just know the laws of God but obey them; that you will know that Jesus will declare you righteous if you believe in Him; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

John 1:17 What Was Given

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

The people of Israel for several thousand years had looked up to Moses. He was the one who had brought the Law from God to the people. The Law was given by God to the people for a guideline on how to live for God. It was a rule book to be followed.

The Law covered everything in life, from personal sins to sickness, being single to be married then widowed, and everything else in between.

On the surface the Law looked like it was the best way to live. It was the best way to live, yet, no one could live that way. If a person broke one law he was guilty and punishable by death. No person could follow all of the laws.

The law was put in place by God for every person to realize that they need something more.

Jesus brought grace and truth. The truth was that no person could live up to the standards required by the Law. No one could live a perfect life. No one could be perfectly holy as the Law and God required.

The grace Jesus brought showed that God would make a way for a person to be holy for Him. The death and resurrection of Jesus provided that way. Repentance and belief in Jesus will result in His removing the sin in a person’s life. One can then put on the righteousness that Jesus provides.

God did not have to do this for you, but He chose to do so. This was God’s plan for you since the time He kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. God’s love for you is that great.

Many people try to live up to the standards of the Law in their own power. They try to be holy for God in order to earn the right to get into heaven. This should not be. You cannot earn the right. It is given by belief in Jesus and in Him alone. Only Jesus can provide the way.

Are you believing in Jesus? Or are you trying to earn your way into heaven?

I pray today that you will see what Jesus has provided for you; that you stop trying to earn your salvation; that you will rest in the grace and truth Jesus provides; that you will know the truth of Jesus; and that you will be a witness to that truth to all the world.