“8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”
Today’s passage is pretty confusing but the bottom line here is that Paul is highlighting the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save us from the sin that keeps us oppressed in death and that it is faith in His death and resurrection (DR) that makes that gift of grace a reality in our lives.
If you just take a glance at today’s passage, it may be confusing as to why Paul is saying that sin used the commands of God to bring death to us and only came alive because of it. So here is an explanation of what Paul is trying to say! Try your best to follow along because if we understand the truth that is within this text, then it will help us begin dealing with the issues of our lives. Trust me, WE ALL have issues, it's just that some of us are not aware of them quite yet!
The commands of God are a reflection of God so therefore they will always be present regardless if you and I acknowledge that they exist or not.
Sin came alive when God’s commandment was given because when God gave the first commandment (Garden of Eden), the opportunity of choice was presented. Sin has many things to it but the one thing that sin is, is that it is the wrong choice of not choosing God and missing God’s standards of what is good. So in the Garden of Eden, a command was given to Adam to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil so therefore a choice was presented that Satan used to trick them into choosing wrong. The question then would be why would God even provide such an opportunity then? Because love gives the power to choose! To take away choice but force people to love is not love at all and God who is love, will not operate opposite to His nature! So in the garden, we see that love has been broken because of a wrong choice and it takes only one sin to lead someone to hell and be separated from God for eternity.
Fast forward and we have Jesus come unto the scene.
Jesus chose God perfectly so therefore sin cannot even come alive in Him because He didn’t choose God only one time but continuously chose Him. Jesus died for the sins of the world, the sins that he didn’t commit and rises again to say that death that took Him can’t keep Him because He is too righteous. The DR of Jesus does two things for us:
Restores love because the choice of connection to God is now back on the table
Starts a new spiritual family line where you are not born into this family physically but born into it by faith.
So the final question for us today is, “What is the outcome of this new life in Christ?” It releases the pressure to perform like a Christian, which means if it’s not up to you to be good then your time spent in life is not trying to act good but spending time with God to reveal His goodness in you because of Christ. The place where your belief in the Gospel is shown is through your response to sin. People who ultimately don’t believe in the goodness of the Gospel will always try to work for God’s love and work in trying to be good so that any imperfection or failure must be hidden from people so as to give off an image that you are doing ok and looking good. People in this camp are usually still in the family of the law that keeps them bound to saving face at the price of their soul and freedom in Christ.
The people in the camp of the spiritual family through faith are willing to confront the messiness of their life and own up to it because they are free from the burden of looking good. When you are no longer worried about looking good because you already know you are good in Christ, can begin to deal with the issues of your life that are always seeking to be hidden. Only when someone knows that they are loved can begin to address the issues of life because shame and image no longer has control over that person.
Today, those who are in the family of faith through Christ has chosen to believe that they are loved and in that love confront the struggles so that they can continue on that freedom train that Christ has started in them.