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Sins Nature and Character

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 7:8

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. (ESV)

How does sin seize the law as an opportunity? In the previous verse, Paul mentions that the law aggravates lusts and passions within him. Paul now goes on to explain that in further detail in Romans 7:8. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that sin uses the law as a starting point to prove a result. The result is that sin essentially wreaks havoc in a person’s heart, producing lusts and desires in an evil sense. It uses the law as a fulcrum to completely take over in a powerful way. The law shows us how truly sinful we are because it is a guideline of how to live. We would never see our need for salvation if we did not understand how powerful sin was. What does this tell us? It further explains the nature and character of sin. Sin ignites rebellion in us causing us to become independent, feeling that we no longer need a God. This leads to complete lawlessness and destroys any order of discipline in our lives. The Doctor provides some modern-day illustrations of how we see this evident in our daily lives.