#22 The Law and Sin
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Romans 7:11 AMP
For sin, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me (by taking its incentive) from the commandment, beguiled and entrapped and cheated me, and using it (as a weapon) killed me.
Only when you are born again are you aware inwardly of the true Law of God, which is His utter holiness. The Law actually so exposes sin that it produces sin. This standard – this Law – arouses the ‘old self.’
Wherever LAW is the standard and not Christ, sin will be rampant because the Law was intended to bring forth the reality of the Adamic nature, a nature we believe is highly capable of doing right.
Paul had no such dilemma when he lived BY the Law, UNDER the Law. Only when he met Christ and learned the wonders of the gospel did he have this excruciating failure.