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Sin Revealed By the Law

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 7:9

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. (ESV)

Was there ever a time that Paul was without the law? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that in Romans 7:9, Paul is referring to the time of Paul’s life that he was not aware of the law. Before a man knows the law, he is unconscious about his sin. Without the resistance of the law, he would have never understood the power of sin. When Paul says, “sin sprang to life,” he means that now he has a full understanding of his sinfulness and sin is all the more evident. Previously, a man without the law is so alive and free, but now with the law you lack all of that old self-assurance and self-reliance. Now with the law you feel death as you are mourning your sin. The Doctor explains that once again Paul has confirmed that the law can never sanctify a man or deliver him. With the law, there is a complete view of morals and ethics. Since God has given the law, we now know sin and are without excuse. Those who say that they have no sin are clearly deceiving themselves. The Doctor warns that there is no more hopeless statement than to say that you are not a sinner.