Romans 7:7 – By the Law

Romans 7:7
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.

-God’s standards are so high and so straight that it is literally impossible for any of us to measure up to them; this is why Romans 3:23 teaches us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God“.  Does that make God’s commandments wrong since none of us can keep them?  God forbid.  Does it make God wrong for setting standards knowing that we would fall short?  Again, God forbid.  Since God alone is the universe’s only expert on what is good (Mark 10:18), God’s law serves as the only measure of what is good and right.  Without that measure, we would all simply have our own sense of right versus wrong.  Who would be able to say if one way was more appropriate or “more right” than another? But God’s standards are different; they are not opinions or suggestions, they are absolutes.  They define good because God is good.  They are right because God is right.  Anything else that is contrary to these standards is wrong.  “Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4)

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