Meditation Commentary on Romans 7:5-8
5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.
In exploring the New Testament, it is always refreshing and exciting to focus on a passage, such as this one, that gives light into the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Growing up in a Christian home, and being a converted follower of Christ since the age of seven, I am quite familiar with the Gospel message. However, I am in no way a scholar on the subject and am continually amazed by the sacrifice that Jesus made for sinners in order to offer us eternal life.
How do we know when one is sinning? Is it simply a feeling that we get from inside that is sparked by our conscience? According to this passage, we must have a standard to be measured by. This standard is the law before Christ’s death and resurrection. James 2:10-11 explains the standard of law beautifully: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
If there was no law, we could do no wrong. If we could do no wrong, what would we need to be forgiven of? The law brings to light the fact that we are an unjust, unholy, unrighteous, and unworthy people. The law, or God’s standard, is what separates us from Christ.
In today’s society, we have many laws that we are to abide by. Take a speed limit, for example. It is a standard of measurement that is enacted by our authorities for the safety of the public. If there was no limit set, people would not know what is right and wrong. I hesitate to compare God’s law to anything of this world, but it can be viewed in a similar way. A difference is the fact that it is impossible for mankind to meet the mark, or standard that is set out by our Holy and Just God. Praise be to the Lord that He didn’t leave without a means of justification! Christ died to “meet the mark” for those who completely surrender to Him.