Now we know that whatever the law says, it says
to those who are under the law, so that every
mouth may be silenced and the whole world held
accountable to God.
All Have Broken the Law
In Romans 7:7 Paul notes that
the law reveals sin. Earlier in Romans
Paul declared that all had broken the law.
Paul recognized his sin because of his inability
to keep the law. Here he points out that
everyone is under the same law and all are just
as incapable of keeping it as he.
Jesus frequently clashed with the Pharisees
during His ministry. It wasn't because
they worshipped a different God or even taught
different things. The reason Jesus came
into conflict with the Pharisees was because of
their self righteousness.
The Pharisees mistakenly believed that they had
followed the letter to the law. Through
the centuries, they had constructed "buffer
laws" so that they didn't accidentally break the
real law. In other words, if the law
allowed a person to go ten feet, a new law was
made so that a person could only go eight feet
and were therefore safe from accidentally
breaking the law.
Even if the Pharisees were better at keeping the
law than other people - and their attitudes show
through that they really weren't - they still
didn't keep the law to perfection and thus
sinned. Even if the Pharisees were holier
than others, they weren't perfect and therefore
not holy enough. They needed Jesus just as
much as anyone else but they refused to