The Law and Sin

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Romans 7:7-12

What if God’s Law did not exist? If that were the case then there would be no sin. It is not that we would behave any different. We would still do the same things we do now but without God’s Law how would we know we were doing something bad? We only know something is illegal if we know what is legal and what is illegal. Laws tell us what we should and should not do. You cannot break a law that does not exist.

You cannot be cited for speeding if there is no speed limit. Similarly, if there was no law against killing others then you could not commit murder. If we do not have a standard to go by then we cannot call one thing legal and another illegal. We need to know what is good in order to tell what is bad. We need an absolute standard to show us when we fall short.

If God did not exist or did not care then we would have no way of determining what is good and what is wrong or evil. It is only by God giving us His standards of good, His law that we can call something evil or sinful. God gave us His law in two ways. First by writing it on our hearts, this is our instinctive knowledge that some things are wrong. Second He gave us His written law, rules for us to live by. Without God as an absolute moral lawgiver we have no basis for calling one thing good and another evil.

In the natural world there is no good or evil. Animals do not sin, they exist. They eat and are eaten but they cannot murder they can only survive. When secularists, humanists or Darwinists take God out of the equation they put man on the same level as animals and they forfeit an absolute good to judge actions. Morality becomes subjective and who is to say one person’s morality is better than another’s? They cannot eve say the majority decides as we see in history how the majority can be terrible wrong in deciding what is right. Slavery is just one example. It has not been that long ago that slavery was legal.

Fortunately God provides us with His law and He provided us with a way to overcome our natural proclivity to break His law. Jesus.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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