Sin Uses Law to Produce Death
A Sermon on Romans 7:12-13
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. (ESV)
How can a good thing cause death? Paul has been making a case that the law is in fact a good thing. However, some argued that it brought death to them. Paul adamantly refutes this statement. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlines Romans 7:12-13, expounding on Paul’s argument that the law is good, but it is sin that causes death. First, the law is holy, which is the complete opposite of what sin is. The law is just and never makes unfair demands, but sin is deceitful. The law is good and there is no better life than the one that is lived by God’s law. God created the law as a tool to instruct us and bring about a knowledge of sin. The law allows us be able to see our complete failure and need for a Savior. It is on this basis that Paul’s point is proven; the law is a good tool created by God but it is the sin that produces death in us. The Doctor reiterates Paul’s point that the law was never meant to be a way of salvation.