7 What [tis] shall we say [ereo] then [oun]? Is the law [nomos] sin [hamartia]? God forbid [me][ginomai]. Nay [alla], I had [ginosko] not [ou] known [ginosko] sin [hamartia], but [ei me] by [dia] the law [nomos]: for [gar][te] I had [eido] not [ou] known [eido] lust [epithumia], except [ei me] the law [nomos] had said [lego], Thou shalt [epithumeo] not [ou] covet [epithumeo]. KJV-Interlinear
7 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.” ESV
Paul asks an obvious question. If the law reveals sin, and sin is committed, then is the law itself sin, or is the law itself bad?
And the answer is, no, the law is not bad, it is man that is bad.
The law does not commit sin, it merely defines and describes what sin is.
So the law is a good thing. Because it reveals what sin is, and in effect, where the line is drawn.
If there is no law, there is no infraction.
We studied that principle recently.
Walking down the street, and if there is no law against walking down the street, then you are not violating the law or committing a wrong. If however, there is a law against walking down the street, and then you do walk down the street, then you have violated the law. And if there is a sign that says, do not walk down the street, and you see the sign, then you are aware that you cannot walk down the street.
The same principle applies to the Mosaic law.
Paul uses the example of the tenth commandment, namely lust, but the principle applies across the board, to the entire realm of doctrine. Bible doctrine is written, and therefore made known to humanity. If you read the Bible, then you are aware of its content.
If you do not read the Bible, and are not aware of its content, your lack of awareness does not negate the content of the Bible. Most people do not know the content of all of the laws in all of the countries on the entire planet, but if you violate a law, even if you don’t know that you violate it, you are still committing a transgression. You are old enough to know better.
The law gives us fair warning. God’s law is perfect and fair and just.
The best way, and actually the only way, that you can know whether or not you are aligned correctly with Gods will, is to learn Gods will. And of course learning comes with a daily Bible study.
Not knowing does not exempt you from the repercussions of sin, because as a competent person, you violate the law by not learning, because you choose to not learn, when learning is available.
These studies, are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, that is easily accessible, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.
And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.
To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.
The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.
But you have to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.
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