Day 59: The Law Revives Sin, Then Sin Kills Us

Romans 7:9-12

I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death; for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.

It’s important for us to remember that Jesus proved that the law doesn’t always kill. When He was faced with the law, He simply obeyed and gained merit before The Father. The problem is, that for everyone else, The Law revives the sin in us by enticing our sinful bodies to try to perform for God. As soon as we try to do this, we not only do not perform, but we do bad things instead! Our sin, empowered by The Law, kills our chances to actually please God.

What we thought we could do by following The Law, ended up to be a deception. It wasn’t God or the Law that deceived us. It was our own sin that did it. We actually thought that we could be good enough for God.

Notice that The Law didn’t do anything! In fact, it holds out a very true possibility that anyone who follows it will gain a good standing before God. Not only that, Jesus proved that it could be done. That only makes us all-the-more guilty. The Law’s real intent is to provide righteousness, but God knows that it only defines failure when applied to us. So this settles the issue, The Law is good and we need something else to help us.