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The saving grace of Jesus Christ covers any and all sin. But we must acknowledge that
God's law (his commandments) is holy. We must confess our sins and we must repent. Once we
accept the saving grace of Jesus Christ and have accepted his law, we must strive to keep his law.
Once we are saved, the saving grace of Jesus Christ breaches the gap that is created because of
our inability to perfectly observe the law. Nevertheless, if we do not acknowledge that God's law
is holy and is binding upon us and if it is not our earnest desire to keep his commandments, then
we are no different than the Pharisees.
And of the Pharisees, Jesus indicated that they would be
unable to escape the damnation of hell.
Paul writes on the subject of the law in Romans 7; he makes the same point as was made
above, all in one chapter. There is something lost in the translation of this chapter; the truth is
there but the word must be carefully studied and prayed upon. Paul reveals the following in
versus 1 through 14:
the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (vs. 12)
Transgression of God's holy law brings death and this death reveals to us that the law is good
and transgression of the law is sinful and breeds all manner of evil. (vs. 13)
The law of God has dominion over man as long as he lives. (vs. 1)
Jesus Christ has delivered us from the penalty of the law (death) and now being saved we will
seek to follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law. We will seek to hold
ourselves to an even higher accountability, we will seek to keep even those things which are
not written in the law.. (vs. 6)
Man has a sinful nature; it is not natural for him to do good. (vs. 14)
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that
the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?...
But now we are
delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should
serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
What shall we say
then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I
had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of
concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
For I was alive without the
law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it
might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (Romans 7:1-14)
In verses 15 through 25, Paul talks about his struggle to keep the law and his struggle to
do good. Paul uses the word do nine times in these verses. In the original Greek there was
three different words that Paul used for do. One of those words, prasso, actually means to