What’s the Law’s Role in the Life of a Christian under Grace?
This is a great question and one that we all need to know the answer to. I am thankful that on Sunday during our gathering, Paul answered this question for us in Galatians 3:15-25. His big idea is that the law’s role is to show us our sin, “so that what was promised… might be given to those who believe” (Gal. 3:22).
Therefore, God intent in giving the moral law (10 Commandments) was to lead us toward recognition of our need of salvation outside of ourselves. The law then, does not oppose the promise of salvation-by-grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, but rather confirms it and supports the promise given to Abraham.
The purpose of the law to show us our transgressions (Gal. 3:19) may sound strange in our “only boosting self-esteem culture”, but the knowledge of our sinfulness is actually a good thing. When we see our sin clearly, we see our need for a savior and then desire to run to God and receive His amazing grace.
Instead of seeing our sin and trying to cover it, or make excuses for it, or say “nobody’s perfect,” we can instead bring all of our mess to the foot of the cross and receive complete forgiveness. Christ died and rose again so that we could be cured of our sin disease. The law is intended to be diagnostic tool to help us see our problem and that the grace of God is the cure!
The BIG IDEA that I was trying to communicate Sunday was that righteousness cannot come by the law – and ironically, if we think we can be righteous by the law, we have missed the point of the law altogether. The law’s role is to show us our sin, so that we see our need for a Savior and receive the AMAZING GRACE of GOD.