Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
March 6, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<294> Thesis: We must embrace the Law as revelation while maintaining complete independence from it as regulation. Introduction: As we have considered Paul's words to the Romans in 7:7-12, we have noted that his intent in the paragraph is to answer this question: "Is the Law sin?" We have seen that the question is the logical step from his insistence that we maintain an absolute distance from the Law. His doctrine that we "died to the Law" is the foundation for this insistence. But, can anything that is so dangerous that we absolutely must maintain our distance from it be good? Does not the very fact that it is so dangerous mean that there is something "sinful" about it? Paul's answer is, "Absolutely not." As we have progressed through our study of these verses, we have seen that there are multiple facets of the Law and that the real problem is not the Law, but the deceptive use of it by indwelling Sin. This evening we come to the conclusion of this paragraph: 7:12. Here Paul once again draws a conclusion from his previous explanation, and here, once again, he sets his readers up for another "logical conclusion" question. His conclusion is that the Law is "holy" and the commandment is "holy and righteous and good" and the "logical conclusion question" is 7:13 -- "Was that which is good made death unto me?" It is not our goal this evening to answer this next question -- it leads into a rather long explanation in the verses to follow -- but to settle our conviction that the commandment is good. So, let's see if we can do that.