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Summary: The law is God’s standard showing us our need for a Savior.

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1. Reading through this section of Romans, we might easily forget that Paul is pointing us to the wonderful grace of God.

• One of the reasons is that many put the discussion in an EITHER/OR situation.

• IT’S EITHER all grace and NO LAW.

• OR ALL LAW and NO GRACE.

• But Paul has taught us it’s BOTH.

• The Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just & good!

Deuteronomy 4:8 (NKJV) 8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?

Psalm 119:172 (NKJV) 172 My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

WAIT A MINUTE PASTOR ED, are you saying that we must keep the law in order to be saved?

• NO WAY! & Neither is Paul.

• The LAW is established by our faith for the purpose for which it was created & given:

• LAW IS God’s STANDARD showing US OUR NEED FOR A SAVIOR!

• Let’s look again at vv7-12 and see at least 4 things God does when He uses the tool of the Law in our lives:

#1 – (v7) THE LAW DEFINES FOR US WHAT SIN IS.

• Paul says he wouldn’t even had known sin except for the Law.

• Because God uses the Law to show us what sin is.

• God has declared for all of mankind, all of eternity what sin is.

• Flip back to Joshua 8:30-35

NOTE: After the children of Israel had entered into the Promised Land, just after the defeat of the city Ai, Joshua decides to bring them back to Gods’ Word. ((READ THROUGH – Key is v34))

• Flip back to Deuteronomy 27.14ff – Jump to 28:1ff

NOTE: It was clear for the children of Israel that obedience brought blessings and disobedience brought consequences.

• That’s what God’s Law does, it defines for us what sin is.

• Sin is the #1 cause of death, pain, suffering, and sorrow.

• It creeps into houses, into cubicles, through the lives of those who choose it.

BUT WHO DEFINES SIN? God does.

• Society can’t define sin because the norms & morals of societies across the globe are unholy!

• Politicians cave into public pressure and high paid lobbyists.

• People clamor for looseness to approve of their own bad behaviors. We are living in a day much like that of the Judges.

Judges 17:6 (NKJV) 6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

NOTE: That’s why when movies that uplift and glorify sinful sexual behaviors come out and make millions and win awards.

• Some of the population says, “Oh, that’s good, that’s great.”

• And another person says, “Oh, not that’s not good.”

• We need a Book that tells us what is good & what is right!

THAT’S WHY I’M SO THANKFUL FOR the Word of God!

• It reveals what sin is and helps us to avoid it altogether!

• It shows me what sexual sins are, what societal sins are, what personal sins are, what public sins are, private sins are.

• Look back to 1:28-32

WOW, it’s not only those that do them, but also those that approve of those that do them! Sin is far reaching, even into the depths of our hearts and motives!

• How do we know? God has shown us in His Word.

Micah 6:8 (NKJV) 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?


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