Is the Law Sin? – Romans 7:7-12

Is the Law Sin? – Romans 7:7-12

Since it has been said that we must be freed from the law, in order that we may serve God in newness of spirit, it seemed as though this evil belonged to the law, — that it leads us to sin. But as this would be above measure inconsistent, the Apostle rightly undertook to disprove it. Now when he adds, “Is the law sin?” what he means is, “Does it so produce sin that its guilt ought to be imputed to the law?” — “But sin I knew not, except through the law”; sin then dwells in us, and not in the law; for the cause of it is the depraved lust of our flesh, and we come to know it by the knowledge of God’s righteousness, which is revealed to us in the law. You are not indeed to understand, that no difference whatever can be known between right and wrong without the law; but that without the law we are either too dull of apprehension to discern our depravity, or that we are made wholly insensible through self-flattery. – John Calvin

Passage: Romans 7:7-12

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