(Romans 5:20) “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.”
When Adam sinned in the Garden we sinned too according to Romans 5. One aspect of sin is deception. The lie all sin is based on is “you will be as God.” The root of our problem is we have been deceived into thinking we can run our own lives and make the proper decisions between what is good and evil. The truth is we were never meant to be in charge of our own lives rather Jesus Christ is the one true Lord.
Of course God being God knows all things, and he especially knows we can’t be like him nor can we perform up to his perfect, holy standard. God, after all, is a perfect and holy God therefore he requires perfect holiness from us. This is where his Law comes in.
We, being so soaked in deception, and thinking we can make ourselves like God give it a good try. God gave the commandments to the children of Israel and they said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!” Of course they too were deceived and thought they could actually obey God’s perfect, holy commands. Now we know that is impossible don’t we? No one has ever obeyed God’s commandments and no one will except Jesus himself.
Now we come to our verse. Romans 5:20 tells us the real reason God gave us his law. He gave us the Law so sin would increase. I know that sounds looney doesn’t it? It only sounds looney because we aren’t seeing the bigger picture. God has always known we couldn’t be holy, blameless or perfect independent of him. The problem is we were so deceived we thought we could. God’s remedy for our sin problem is for the sin problem to get so out of hand in our lives we would cry out to him to save us. Paul said in Galatians “The Law is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.” The intention is that the Law would so stir up sin in our lives, and we would finely get honest about the fact we are powerless to keep it.
Once we have come to Christ and cried “Help I’m a sinful man!” then we not only are set free from sin we are also set free from the Law. After all what use is the Law to us anymore? It served its purpose and now we look to Christ not Law. The Law never could save anyone anyway it was only meant to point out sin not give us a righteous life. (Galatians 3:21b) “For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on Law.”
This doesn’t mean we are lawless it means, we that are in Christ, operate from a new law. Romans 8:2 “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you fee from the Law of sin and death.” We used to think we could obey God’s commandments and make ourselves right with God. Now our eyes have been opened to the true purpose in the Law, and we no longer are looking to it to make us right with God. We have become fully convinced that only Jesus Christ himself is what pleases the Father and in him he has made us perfect, holy, blameless and beyond reproach.
Written by Louie