Meditation Commentary on Romans 7:9-12
9I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
“Ignorance is bliss!” is a phrase that I sometimes find myself using in a humorous sense. That saying humors me, because it has a lot of truth to it. If you are doing something that might be wrong, but are completely ignorant of that fact and have no idea that it is wrong, then you can have a “clear conscience” in doing it. I know that that is a wrong viewpoint to have and that is why I only say it in a non-serious manner.
Verse 9 of Romans 7 can be looked at in the same way. Before God’s law was in place, mankind was unaware of its wrongdoing. However, now that a standard or “mark” has been established, informing us of how we should conduct ourselves, we find that because of our sin we deserve death.
It is natural for people to think that God keeps a record of one’s good deeds and their bad deeds. Our sin nature fools us into thinking that if we do more good things for the Lord than bad things, that He will be pleased. This is a lie of Satan. God demands perfection, and if someone commits one sin, he is guilty of committing them all. The Bible tells us that the only way to please God is through faith in Him: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Because of the law, we see that there is a need for Christ and His forgiveness. It might be easy for one to look for satisfaction and fulfillment in “keeping the law.” There are limitless good and honorable things that we can do in life, but one must keep in mind that our purpose in all things is to please Christ and bring glory to Him. We can rejoice in the fact that even though we do not meet God’s standards on our own, we can have assurance of salvation through His Son. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”