Rom.7:7 – What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”
You ever wonder about the law ? You know, the Ten Commandments. What was the point anyway. The Mosaic Law was quite complicated, actually impossible to keep it perfectly (except for that one man, Jesus Christ). That was exactly the point. It revealed the holiness of God and exposed the sinfulness of man. In today’s verse, Paul the Apostle, that old Pharisee of Pharisees himself, said that he never really knew he was a sinner until the Holy Spirit quickened those four words to his heart. “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” That did it for him, his heart was eaten with covetousness. Saul of Tarsus was a sinner in need of a Savior. Here is how the Believer’s Bible Commentary describes this verse.
“In 7:7-13 he goes on to describe the important role which the law played in his own life before he was saved. He emphasizes that the law itself is not sinful, but that it reveals sin in man. It was the law that convicted him of the terrible depravity of his heart. As long as he compared himself with other people, he felt fairly respectable. But as soon as the demands of God’s law came home to him in convicting power, he stood speechless and condemned.
The one particular commandment that revealed sin to him was the tenth: You shall not covet. Coveting takes place in the mind. Although Paul may not have committed any of the grosser, more revolting sins, he now realized that his thought life was corrupt. He understood that evil thoughts are sinful as well as evil deeds. He had a polluted thought life. His outward life may have been relatively blameless, but his inward life was a chamber of horrors.”
So have you looked into the mirror of the law? Have you come face to face with your own shortcomings? I hope so because that is the place where recovery begins. You have to admit you are sick or you will never go to the doctor. You have to come to some hard conclusions to come to the Savior. What is that conclusion? That we are all sinners in need of a Savior.