Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Paul tells us that there was a time when he was without the knowledge of the law, and he was alive. There was a time when he lived in ignorance and he knew not wrong from right, and he was not held accountable, he was alive and not under condemnation. But something happened; Paul says, “But then the commandment came”. Either through being taught the law of God by another, or God pricking his conscience, he realized there is a right, and there is a wrong. And when he knew to do good, but chose to do wrong, he says, “Sin revived”. Sin became alive within me, and I like Adam before me felt the condemnation of the law upon my heart, and Paul says, “I died”. Paul knew that he was a walking dead man; for he knew the penalty for sin was death.
Romans 7:10-11And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Paul says the very Commandments that were ordained to life were death unto me. Because when I came to the knowledge of God’s law, sin deceived me into breaking the law, and because the law has a death penalty for its transgression, by the law sin slew me. Who was Paul’s enemy? Was it the Law? If the law was his enemy, then the Lawgiver was his enemy. Who was Adam’s enemy; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or the serpent? Sin is the enemy, Satan the prince of sin is the enemy, it is he who deceives you into breaking the law. Paul goes on to explain that the Law is “holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (vs 12) just like the one who wrote the law with his own finger. The law is not the problem. Then what is?
Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Was the Commandments made death unto Paul, He says God forbid. It wasn’t the law that made me a walking dead man, but sin worked this death in me. The law simply made me realize what sin is. It made sin appear exceedingly sinful. I looked into the perfect law of liberty, and I saw myself, a sinner. I looked into the mirror of the soul, and I saw that in me was no good thing. I looked and sought for righteousness, and I only found filthy rags.