The Door To Grace Is Open (Romans 7:13)

Romans 7:13, "Did that which is good, then, bring death to me?  By no means!  It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure."

Sin becomes obvious and self-revealing when it rises up against the law.  Though sin brings forth death, it is "through the commandment" that sin is identified as "sinful beyond measure."  Therefore, God purpose in giving us the law is not that we should by it become righteous.  Rather it is that we should be convinced of our guilt.  

Let us learn from this.  The law reveals in us so much strange and dreadful wretchedness.  But this is the purpose to be wrought by the law.  In this way our spiritual infirmity is turned to the glory of God when we are driven to Christ, to know him crucified for us.  We are cleansed from sin revealed by the law, and in Christ we become acceptable to God as he gives us his righteousness. 

The door to grace is open; the troubled soul can flee to Christ just as he is.  

Taken From:  Romans (C.O. Rosenius)