The Purpose of the Law


God gave the law for one purpose, and that is by the law, the world would have the knowledge of sin, and recognise their need for a Savior. Without the law, there would be no sin. For example, if there were no law on how fast you can drive on a particular road, that is, there were no speed limit, the traffic officer cannot stop you and give you a ticket for speeding. In simple terms, no law equals no sin.

No recognition of sin equals no need for a Savior! The law was given to bring man to the end of himself so that in his despair, he would see his need for Jesus. Because of the law, no man can say that he is not a sinner and no man can say that he doesn’t need Jesus. That is the purpose of the law.

It was not designed to make you godly, but to expose your ungodliness. What the devil has done is to keep the law over people’s heads all the time, so that they will constantly feel condemned and guilty.

The devil is the master legalist who constantly reminds you of how unworthy you are. He is known as the accuser of the brethren. Here are some of his common attacks:

“You call yourself a Christian?”
“You are a hypocrite!”
“Forget about praying. God will never listen to your prayers.”
“Look at your life. You dare step into church?”

These are lies, ALL lies! The devil is using the law to make you conscious of all your shortcomings. But through Jesus Christ, you are no longer under the condemnation of the law. The devil has been disarmed by the power of the cross! Jesus, who knew no sin, has been condemned on your behalf on the cross.

Through Jesus Christ, you are now made righteous apart from the works of the law. So when you hear the voice of the accuser condemning you, remind yourself that you are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.

Declare it out loud! Come on, say it with me three times, each time louder than the first:

“I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!”
“I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!”
“I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!”

Righteousness is a gift. It is not a reward for perfect obedience to the law. You are clothed today not in your own righteousness, which is self-righteousness, but with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God sees you as righteous as Jesus Himself.

Love and Grace,
Pastors Dane and Tersia Mesane

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