Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Some believe the apostle Paul criticized God’s law. But this passage shows the high regard Paul had for God’s law. He called it holy, just and good, and explained that it is spiritual. This spiritual law is eternal—it defines what is right and what is sin. It shows how God lives and how a person led by God’s Spirit will strive to live (Romans 7:25; 8:10, 14).
Paul recognized the need for God’s help to break free from slavery to sin so we can walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-4, 12-18). It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).
For more about God’s law, see “The 10 Commandments for Today.”