The Purpose of The Law

Today we are reading Romans 3:9-20.

Read the passage here...

9 Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles,[c] are under the power of sin. 10 As the Scriptures say,

“No one is righteous— not even one. 11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” 13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “They rush to commit murder. 16 Destruction and misery always follow them. 17 They don’t know where to find peace.” 18 “They have no fear of God at all.”

19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. (NLT)

Imagine how God feels...

…He created mankind to be like Him, to love, and to fellowship with Him in love, and yet, we have rejected Him.

The scripture says that "no one is seeking God", and that "no one does good".

Without Jesus, there is nothing good about us or in us.

The fact that we were not even seeking the Lord, and yet He saved us anyway is a testament of His GRACE.

We are saved by grace wholly and completely.

This is actually the true purpose of the law...

…Not to show us how good we are, but to show us how good we're NOT.

By revealing the law, God has made us all guilty before Him, but ultimately so that He could have mercy on us all.

None of us can say that we're "good" because the law says otherwise. None of us can keep the law perfectly and that's why religion will always fail.

The purpose of the law is not so that we can try to "keep it", but so that we can fall on our face in humility, knowing that we need God's grace.


Selah Moment

Have you ever considered yourself to be a good person?

What about now?

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