Freedom! Part 6 Is the Old Testament Law Bad? | Romans 7:7-12
Have you ever heard someone say something like "the Old Testament is just a bunch of rules and rituals"? Or that "the Old Testament is full of legalism, but the New Testament is full of grace." It's not uncommon for Christians to speak negatively about the Old Testament, especially about the Law, as legalistic rules (even if most wouldn't go as far as Andy Stanley and say we need to unhitch ourselves from the Old Testament - for more of my thoughts on Andy's comments see here on a patron only podcast).
If we're going to have a healthy and accurate theology of the Law, we need to listen closely to the apostle Paul.
In Romans 7, the apostle Paul explores what's wrong with the Old Testament Law (aka. the Torah)... and it's not the Law itself. He does say the Law led to sinning and even led to death. But he also says the Law is holy, righteous, and good.
How can both of those be the case? Well, Paul says, that's because the Law said what was right but was unable to enable fallen people to do right. The Law was actually a victim the insidiousness of sin! Which leads us to a deeper appreciation of how bad we are and how loved we are at one and that same time!
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