2016-06-23 / Worship

The bondage of the law teaches us

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Romans 7:7-13)

In the Book of Romans, Paul teaches us about our sins against God that causes physical death for us. God’s laws were given to His first chosen people, the Israelites of the Old Testament.

Paul says, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” (verse 7) That is the base for our breaking the laws of God; lust, wanting what we do not have.

Paul says, “Until I received the law, sin was dead. It revived me, and I was dead with guilt. (verse 8) Awareness became part of my life and it became the ordination of my connection to God, myself, and my fellowman. I was introduced to my death in a new way of understanding.” (verses 9,10)

God had to give us the law so that we would have rules to live by. Paul says, “The Commandments revealed sin in me and slew me and made me see that death is because of sin in my life. Then I saw the law as holy with the commandment to be holy and just.” (verse 12)

The teachings of God, to us, through the Commandments are all about making us aware of our need for God to rid us of our sins and their results. Paul says, “Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good. (verse 13) In order for us to become good, we have to see and understand our sin. Then we must own our sin and let that make a change for good in our lives. That is why God gave us the Ten Commandments. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.” (verse 14) But then saved by faith in Jesus Christ through acceptance of Jesus as my Saviour.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall be saved.” (John 3:16)

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