Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2020

“I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind”

Today’s devotion comes from Romans 7:7-13.

“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.”   But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind;  for apart from the Law sin is dead.  I was once alive apart from the Law;  but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;  and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;  for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.  So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me?  May it never be!  Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.”  Romans 7:7-13.

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Yesterday’s devotion hammers the point that we “were made to die to the Law”, “we have been released from the Law”, and “we are no longer under a tutor (of the Law)”.

Here are some of these Scriptures.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.

“But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:6.

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.”  Galatians 2:19.

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”  Galatians 3:24-25.

“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”  Romans 6:14.

And, yesterday’s devotion gives severe warnings if we continue to seek to be under the law.

Here are some of these Scriptures.

“For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse;  for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.”  Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident;  for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”  However, the Law is not of faith;  on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”  Galatians 3:10-12.

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law;  you have fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.”  Galatians 5:4-5.

But, there are those who either ignore or minimize these Scriptures or who teach that the Law to which these Scriptures apply is only ceremonial law.

Today’s Scripture give an example of the Law, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”, which refutes such false teachings.   

Thus, the Scriptures that we “were made to die to the Law”, “we have been released from the Law”, and “we are no longer under a tutor (of the Law)” apply to “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” and all of the other Ten Commandments.

Thus, the severe warnings if we continue to seek to be under the law apply to “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” and all of the other Ten Commandments.

Furthermore, today’s Scripture anticipates and refutes the arguments of those who teach that the Law to which these Scriptures apply is only ceremonial law by emphasizing that the Law to which it refers is “holy and righteous and good” which everyone would (or should) agree applies to the Ten Commandments.  “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”  Verse 12.

In conclusion, through God’s grace, let us come to grips with these Scriptures that we “were made to die to the Law”, “we have been released from the Law”, and “we are no longer under a tutor (of the Law)” and that these Scriptures apply to the Ten Commandments.  Through God’s grace, let us come to grips with these Scriptures that give severe warnings if we continue to seek to be under the law apply to the Ten Commandments.  Through God’s grace, let us come to grips with  “… this commandment (“YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” and all of the other Ten Commandments), which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;  for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.”  Verses 10-12.  Through God’s grace, let us come to grips with God’s solution:  “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.


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