Did you know that God’s law to Israel wasn’t given to make them do the right thing?
Under God’s wise hand, the law’s purpose was to:
Give the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).
Make sin abound (Romans 5:20).
Produce guilt (Romans 3:19).
Curse mankind (Galatians 3:10).
Work wrath (Romans 4:15).
The law was designed to bring mankind to Christ.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [“escort,” CV; “pathfinder,” Lamsa] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:24-25).
Christ, through His work at Calvary, abolished the Law.
Having abolished in His flesh the enmity [hostility], even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of two one new man, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15).
Now we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully (I Timothy 1:8).
To misapply a good thing is to in
effect a bad thing, hence we need to be sure not only that which we use is good, but that we use it for the right purpose and in the right manner.
There is such a thing, then, as using the law unlawfully, and thus,
That which is good is made death unto us (Romans 7:13).
Turn we then prayerfully and earnestly to study the purpose of the law, that we may use it for that purpose and no other.
I shall consider the subject briefly, for I am very sure that most of the readers are not in bondage…