This passage is one that addresses the grace of Jesus that triumphs over the Mosaic Law. Paul is describing why it is okay for believers to be released from the law. He explains that we have died to ourselves and our sin and are released to live for Jesus and pursue Him.
The question that this raises though is whether this means that the law is sinful or bad. The law in itself is not bad or sinful, but Paul’s point is that because sin was there the law enhanced the desire for what was forbidden. So the reality is that the law is from God and is good because God is good. The fault and brokenness and the reason we are released is because of sin. Through grace we are released from the bondage and chains of sin.
Now here is the kicker and the part that always makes me feel a little uncomfortable. The reason that I say this is because Paul is not someone we think about as a super sinful person. He wrote a majority of the New Testament and lived an incredibly Godly life post-conversion. Yet in this passage he talks about how he still deals with and struggles with sin in his life. Although this is uncomfortable to think about, it is also very comforting. This humanizes Paul and helps us see how much greater Jesus still is. Paul reminds us that we still live in a sinful and broken world, and because of that we still fall to sin. This is where the grace of Jesus abounds.
We can easily be discouraged if we do not remember that this world is still broken. It is important to keep ourselves in the mindset that the grace of Jesus is the constant, and should be what we rely on. We can know that we don’t have a list of do’s and don’ts, rather we have the spirit to guide us to live under the grace of Jesus in pursuit of righteousness and glory to Him.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate