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.
Romans 7:13 says what looks like a pun. Law, i.e. the Ten Commandments, is good and yet, through it sin that leads to death is known. The commandment itself is not what causes death but rape, that is, sin. Law becomes a mirror to reflect our behavior and compare if we are doing right or wrong. In the absence of the Law is impossible to identify what is sin.
In industry, quality control is the process by which standards are set to ensure compliance with product specifications is met. In the quality control mechanisms, actions and tools to detect the presence of errors they are used. Any product that does not meet the minimum requirements to say is right; it will be rejected without being able to correct any manufacturing defects that could avoid these added costs and waste material.
To control the quality of a product inspections or sampling tests to verify that the characteristics are optimal are made. The only downside to these tests is the expense that entails control of each manufactured product as defective are removed without the possibility of reuse. Quality control is not confined to the final product, it is done throughout the production process, i.e.: in receiving raw materials in the manufacturing process, in the intermediate and the final product itself.
God’s law, the Ten Commandments are the standards and specifications that govern the process of human life as established by our Creator. If God apply to every man and woman on Earth the same principles that are applied to quality control in industries, none of us would pass the test and He would find errors in all that entail that we were refused to enter His Kingdom. What industry quality standards define as errors are equivalent to the sins we commit by violating the rule of the law of God.
The Holy Spirit works in us as a Quality Control Manager, giving us the conviction of our sins. English theologian John Wesley (1703-1791) said: “The normal method of the Holy Ghost is rebuking sinners by the Law.” Another Englishman, John Newton (1725-1807), author of the famous hymn Amazing Grace said “The ignorance of the nature of the Law is behind most religious errors.”
Every man and woman must first know the rules and specifications of God contained in the Law. After learning what the standard of God is, we should look to realize we did not pass His quality control. Our sins lead us to be rejected in the heavenly abode. Only by understanding that we are able to realize that we need a savior, Jesus Christ, to avoid punishment. God bless you.