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Devotional - week of June 12, 2011


PERSONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT THE LAW   

 

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.  Romans 7:12

 

In Romans 7:7 to 7:25, Paul testifies about his experience with the law after he became a Christian. He says that the law is holy, just and good in the context of a passage where he is saying that trying to keep the law resulted in an emotional and spiritual state that he calls “death.”

 

After conversion, Paul had that sovereign experience of just walking joyfully with the Lord, as all believers do. Then, for some reason his mind went to the last of the ten commandments—you shall not covet. Evidently, he vowed that he would keep the command.  

 

In Romans 7:8, Paul testifies that when he tried not to covet, he was filled with covetousness. By trying to keep the commandment he died. He was such a failure that life to him was like death.

 

In Romans 8:3 Paul writes that in the old covenant as the Israelites tried to keep the law in their own strength, they were doing so in the flesh. In time, Paul had realized that in trying to keep the command, he was living in the flesh.

 

In Romans 7:7 Paul writes, “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.’” With the word “sin,” Paul must be referring to his sin nature. Paul could call the law “holy, just and good” because it was God’s plan that we understand our sin nature by being filled with sin when we try to keep the commands of the Bible in the flesh—in our own strength

 

Paul had already written in Romans 7:4 that we “have become dead to the law through the body of Christ.” With those words he testifies that when we experience our spiritual crucifixion, we are free from the law and we walk in the Spirit.