Romans 7:7-13

Moses' Laws teach us about sin

7 So then, someone might say, ‘The Law that God gave to Moses must be bad.’ No! Certainly, they are not bad! Without those laws, I would not have known what sin really is. One rule says, ‘You must not want to take things that belong to other people.’ Without that rule, I would not have known that it is wrong to want other people's things. 8 But that rule gave sin a chance to come into my thoughts. As a result, I started to want all kinds of wrong things. If there is no law to tell us what is wrong, then sin has no power.

9 As for me, there was a time when I did not know Moses' laws. I was living without any laws to obey. But later, I learned what that rule taught. Sin now had power in my life. 10 As a result, I died. God gave that rule to people so that they could live in a good way. But instead, that rule brought death to me. 11 That rule gave sin a chance to deceive me. So, I died as a result of that rule. 12 So then, we understand that God's Law itself is completely good. God gave all those rules and they are right and good.

7:10Paul means that he died in his spirit. He understood that he had not obeyed God's laws. He knew that he had become separate from God. He did not have the true life which God gives to believers. See Romans 5:12-14.

13 So, someone might say, ‘This means that something good brought death to you.’ No! God's Law did not do that! It was sin that brought death to me. Sin used God's good Law to show that I was guilty. Because of that, we can see that sin is really very bad. The rules in God's Law help sin to become even worse.