The purpose of the law

We should not be confused about the Old Testament law, since it serves to show us what is sin, but the most important thing is to know that it cannot save us from sin, death or hell. Instead, Jesus Christ, a better covenant, He was able to free us from hell.

Let’s see what the Bible tells us:

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.

Galatians 3:19-22 (KJV)

What was the law for? That answer is simple: “To show what is sin or to point out and punish sin”. It is the same as today we have laws in our countries, for example, a person who steals has to go to jail because stealing is bad, and especially that is what the law was in charge of, showing sin, but it didn’t have the power to heal that sin.

Now, let’s pay close attention to verse 22, which says, “the scripture hath concluded all under sin”. Oh dear brothers, that prison picture that the apostle Paul paints here is the one where you and I were imprisoned, and that prison is sin.

How have we been released from that prison? Through the promise that is by faith in Jesus Christ to each person who believes in Him.

May that faith in our Lord never be weakened, that we continue believing in Him always, that nothing and nobody frightens us, because He is faithful to keep us firm until His coming.

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