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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
I mentioned in our last visit that Paul was “a happy sinner.” In Romans 7:9, Paul says, “Once I was alive apart from law.” Eugene Peterson put it this way in The Message, “Sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of ‘forbidden fruit’ out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me.”
When Paul felt guilt after coveting things, he realized the law, like a searchlight, exposed him as being a sinner. The law was not sinful, rather it exposed sin. “So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good” (verse 12). This raised another question, “Did that which is good…become death to me?” (verse 13). He answered, “By no means!” explaining, “In order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.”
The law shows us how sinful we are and how much we need His grace. God shows His love by providing grace to free us from what enslaves and destroys. Even before we’re Christians this is what brings us to Christ. After we become Christians God continues to provide what will lead us into a fullness of life He planned for us. God’s law shows us that we can’t make it happen on our own.
Let the law remind you that you’re only and always a sinner saved by grace. You’ll never be able to live the Christian life apart from grace. Thank God for His amazing grace.