Unlimited: The Law is Good
Nov 23, 2022 181
So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good (Romans 7:12).
Paul refers to “the law,” by which he means the whole law, and to “the commandment”, which refers to any specific commandment within the law.
Because the apostle Paul has just told us that the law brings us death, you might be easily tempted to think that the law is your enemy. Some Christians believe just that. Yet Paul asserts that the law is “holy, righteous and good.” It is “holy, righteous and good” precisely because it is right in condemning us.
Paul refers to both the “law,” referring to the entirety of God’s law, and “the commandment,” referring to specific commandments within the law. All of it is holy.
The law is holy, righteous and good.
To be holy means to be set apart by God, having absolute integrity. The commandment is also righteous and good. “Righteous” means to be just and in line with what is lawful and right. “Good” means admirable and distinguished, excelling in its qualities.
God’s written law is a reflection of his perfect character, not in its words and its application to specific times and cultures, but in the fundamental principles that it contains (2 Cor. 3:6.) The description that Paul gives us of the law here is also a description of what God is like. He is holy (Ps. 22:3), righteous (Ps. 119:137) and good (Nah. 1:7).
The commandment is holy, righteous, and good because it is a reflection of the character of God. How holy, righteous, and good are you within yourself? How holy, righteous, and good does God see you in Christ?