The Law was given so the transgression would increase. If that sounds crazy read Romans 5:20. The fact is mankind is sinful from birth, and unless God shows us this we will go on living life as if everything is okay. Thank goodness God loves us too much to leave us in our sin. That is why he gave us his Law. Without it we couldn’t know our sinfulness or our need for a savior. In Romans 7 we read where Paul says, “I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, you shall not covet. But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produce in me coveting of every king; for apart from the Law sin was dead.”
If we are never confronted with the fact we are lawbreakers we will never come to Christ to get things right. This is why God gave us his Law, as the Galatians letter tells us, “It is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.” God never thought we could keep the Law but it was given to show us we can’t. This sounds strange to those that are still seeing themselves as independent, thinking they can do good and avoid evil on their own. It is usually only after an extended period of trying and failing that one comes to see and then admit their inability to do what God commands.
Elsewhere the Law is compared to a mirror and was given to show us our own reflection. It is meant to reveal to us what we truly are. Imagine you get up in the morning, go to the bathroom mirror and what do you see? Wow! Look at that hair, that face and those teeth. Now that you see the truth about yourself what are you going to do about it? Are you going to take the mirror down from the wall and brush your hair with it? Why of course not you’re going to find the hairbrush aren’t you? You see the mirror isn’t there to fix your hair problem it is there to show you that there is a hair problem and you need to go to the hairbrush to get it straightened out.
Of course part of what we discover in Romans 7 is the Law itself isn’t bad or even our real problem. It is the only way we can ever come to know our problem though, so it is a good thing even though we don’t like what we see in it. We see a sinful person that has no ability to change. We see a person in desperate need to be rescued from the endless cycle of trying and failing to keep or obey the Law. The good news is, like Paul says, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” He is the answer to our dilemma. He can introduce a new law in us that supercedes the outer Law. In Romans 8 it says, “The Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and death.”
Once we come to the place we see our inability to keep the Law and we are wore out from trying and failing we finally look to Christ. We look to him and say, “Save Me!” We open the way for him to come in and take over, so he does. The Spirit of God takes up residence within us, and he now lives his perfect Law out through us. “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.” God fulfills his own Law in and through us because he is the only one who can. We simply let him to be who he is in and through us.
Written by Louie