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The Purpose of the Law

06 Aug

Today, Anonymous asked me a question on my Tumblr Account.  He writes,

Okay, if we're asking anything…when Jesus said that he came not to destroy the law nut to fulfill it…does he mean that it was fulfilled as in 'complete' like a race is completed and thus 'over'; or maybe 'made perfect' as in a painting…or what?

 

A lot of people hear that the Law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but they don't always understand what this means.  What is the purpose of the Law?  Why have it now, if it is fulfilled?  If we are under grace, why do we still have the Law in our Bibles?

 

These are good questions.  Let's take a look and see what the Scriptures have to say.

#1.  It Reveals That We are Sinners.  

Paul writes:

Romans 7:7

What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 

Romans 5:12-20 shows that while sin was in the world after the fall of Adam, this sin was not imputed to man until the Law came (Rom. 5:13).  Though there was death (because of sin), there was nothing written down as to what sin really was until the Law.

So, the Law was not given to man in order to be saved, because no man (apart from Christ) could keep the law 100%.

Now that Christ died on the cross and paid for our sins, we are no longer under the Law, but under grace: 

Romans 6:14-15

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 

 

#2.  The Law Ultimately Brings Us to Jesus Christ

Galatians 3:19-29 reads

 19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 

 20 Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one. 

 21 [ Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 

 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 

 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 

 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

 29 And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

 You see, Jesus Christ came to save not the righteous, but sinners (Matt. 9:13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32).  An individual doesn't know that they need to be saved, until they first realized that they are lost.  The Law reveals that man is guilty before God, and stands condemned.  Only then can a person realize they need a savior and that the only one who can save them is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

 So, with what the Bible teaches us, the Law was never abolished, but is rather fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

 Hope this helps.

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