The Purpose of the Law.

The lesson that we are teaching our students at Crossway tomorrow focuses on the Mosaic Law and how it affects believers today. In light of the lesson, I thought I would share a few thoughts on the subject:

1. The Law Reveals Our Guilt – In Romans 3:19, Paul said, “Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God” (ESV). As we look at the law and its demands, we are reminded that we constantly fail to live up to God’s standard. The law reveals out guilt before God.

2. The Law Reveals God’s Righteous Character – In Romans 3:21, Paul says that God’s righteousness “has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it” (ESV). Although Paul goes on to show that God revealed His righteousness in the Person of Jesus Christ, he suggests that the righteousness of God was previously revealed through the law and that the law pointed towards Christ.

3. The Law Reveals Our Need for Grace – The Law reveals our guilt and God’s righteousness, but it does not provide a solution to our sin problem. The law is completely unable to save us. This is a reminder that we desperately need God’s grace to fix our sin problem.

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