Focus: Rom 7:1-13
Paul is so systematic that he makes a good theologian. I love how he automatically introduces conclusions that seem rational but are patently false. This way the seeker is ushered down the path of understanding for his own good. God is omni-benevolent so HE can never be anything but good and just. Paul's point today is that the Law is good because God is good eternally. It is Satan that uses our knowledge of God's good law to deceive us to disobey God's good Law. This deception on earth started in the Garden of Eden as "You will not die" (Gen 3:4) when discussing the good command not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Prior to this point before the earth was formed, Lucifer the Archangel deceived one-third of the host of heaven to follow him rather than God. This is why Satan and his demons are called Sons of Perdition! So the Law presented to humanity has its source in good to teach good, but Satan uses it to create spiritual death (final judgement being separated from God) through disobedience which is sin. This is why Samuel said to King Saul, "Obedience is better than sacrifice!" (1 Sam 15:22). The Law was not destroyed by the Gospel, it is fulfilled by redemption via grace. The ransom for sin was paid by Jesus the Christ so that we upon condition of our faith can receive grace. This is why Jesus is the only path back to God. Any other path fails the condition of grace through faith and the person is left in their own sin to redeem themselves which we have already shown brings separation from God. Love allows us to preach this message but leave the judgement to God! This is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen.