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Romans 7:07 - Is the Law Sin? Bookmark

Paul’s point here is that the law reveals what sin is and must be distinguished from the sin itself. The law is not sin (5:20; 7:4–6), just as light is not that which it illuminates. (Tyndale concise Bible commentary)

By the word "lust" in this place he does not mean evil lusts themselves, but the fountain from which they come, for the heathen philosophers themselves condemned wicked lusts, though somewhat poorly. But as for the fountain of lust, they could not so much as determine it, and yet it is the very seat of the natural and unclean spot and filth. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET." (NASB)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  (KJV)

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet." (NLT)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, "Do not covet." (NET)

As we stand in the light of God's holy truth, we see the depth of our own sin!  The law then becomes the mirror whereby we see an accurate reflection of our fallenness.  We have nowhere to hid, the reality of our transgressions appear before us and we find ourselves helpless to live in obedience to this writ.  To the contrary, we like Paul, are transgressors always despite our best efforts.  Thankfully Christ's sacrifice on the Cross made a way for us to live our lives in victory in union with Him.  The more we see of our real selves, the more reasons we have to be thankful.  The "fountain of lust" that pulses in our veins is slaked upon the Savior's breast.

Paul’s point here is that the law reveals what sin is and must be distinguished from the sin itself. The law is not sin (5:20; 7:4–6), just as light is not that which it illuminates. (Tyndale concise Bible commentary)

By the word "lust" in this place he does not mean evil lusts themselves, but the fountain from which they come, for the heathen philosophers themselves condemned wicked lusts, though somewhat poorly. But as for the fountain of lust, they could not so much as determine it, and yet it is the very seat of the natural and unclean spot and filth. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET." (NASB)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  (KJV)

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet." (NLT)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, "Do not covet." (NET)

As we stand in the light of God's holy truth, we see the depth of our own sin!  The law then becomes the mirror whereby we see an accurate reflection of our fallenness.  We have nowhere to hid, the reality of our transgressions appear before us and we find ourselves helpless to live in obedience to this writ.  To the contrary, we like Paul, are transgressors always despite our best efforts.  Thankfully Christ's sacrifice on the Cross made a way for us to live our lives in victory in union with Him.  The more we see of our real selves, the more reasons we have to be thankful.  The "fountain of lust" that pulses in our veins is slaked upon the Savior's breast.



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