Reflection on Rom 7:14-15

«For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practise;
but what I hate, that I do.»

The Apostle Paul shows here a contradiction, a kind of spiritual schizophrenia, which is caused by original sin in us. The law of God is holy but every one of us is subject to carnality and mentality, and both the body and soul are influenced by the law of sin. Our spirit thirsts for God but is bound and imprisoned by our corrupt nature. Everyone can see by experience that the law of sin is at work in us. This is proved by the fact that we want to do good and we love good but we do evil which we hate and do not want to do. There is a law of sin here. Law is a principle which repeats itself; it is not something that happens just once. The law of sin is at work while we live this life in time. This is what we must reckon with and what the Word of God tells us about. Therefore we need to walk by faith. For there is not only the law of sin but also the law of the Spirit – which will be mentioned in the next verses – and the latter is at work if in concrete situations we unite ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

“For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing (spiritual) death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.” (v.11-13)

It is important for us to know how to get rid of sin. Whenever we sin by thought, word or deed, we should at once admit it, look in spirit into the face of Jesus on the cross and ask Him for forgiveness. If our sin has affected our neighbour, e.g. we set him a bad example or hurt him by word or gesture, we need to apologize accordingly.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died (spiritually). And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.” That is also why the Word of God says that the law is our tutor to bring us to Christ. For it shows us the evil of sin as well as the wages of sin, which is death, and thus forces us to seek salvation – which is only in Christ!

 

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“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’”

Gal 5: 13-14 (16/6/2019 – 30/6/2019)