Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Romans 7:5 - Sin vs The Law.



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Romans 7:5 
For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death
"The sinful passions aroused by the law"
One key characteristic of sin is that it is rebellious. By definition it is disobedience to God. Therefore when the law says "Though shalt not..." sin is 'aroused' - we desire to do something more when we are specifically told not to do it. The law demands obedience, sin is disobedience. The law is good, sin is evil, the law is holy, sin is unholy. The law is from God, sin is direct rebellion against God.

Therefore sin brings death - that is the just and right punishment for it. Not just death physically, but spiritual death leading to God's wrath eternally in hell. By sinning we reject God, and therefore we will be rejected by him eternally.

Yet theres hope: Christ came to the world, he lived a perfect life. he did not sin - he is God. He came and died in our place, so that "whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). So, do you believe in him? Have you repented of your sin (Mark 1:15)? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning back to God. Faith/belief is trusting in God that he has saved through Jesus and that he will keep his promises. We are not saved by our works, but both of these (Repentance and faith), if genuine, result in works - How can one turn away from sin yet keep doing it? How can one fully trust God, yet disobey him continually?

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