The Purpose of the law

Some would say the law is a guide for life. The bible says that the Holy Spirit is the guide for believers, so what is the purpose of the law?

The scripture says that Jesus fulfilled the law when He died on the cross. So what was the purpose of the law? Why did God give the Ten Commandments?

There are at least five different reasons and they all present part of the puzzle. Individually they do not seem to make sense but there is an ultimate reason. Most people who I have asked about the scriptures are not able to accept them and will openly change the scripture. We don’t change the scripture, the scripture changes us.

Let me cut to the answer. God wanted to remove pride.

Let me give you an example of the prideful professor. The professor claims to be the smartest person in the world, able to solve any math question. But he is not humble, he is proud and looks down on people. He claims to be so much smarter than you.

Most people will have one of two responses. Either they just want to punch him in the face, or they want to give him a very difficult maths question to bring him down to size. So let’s run with the second option.

If you were to give him a really simple maths question he will get it right and you will not have achieved your purpose. All you will do is increase his pride. You must give him a challenge. To reduce pride you must give him a question that he cannot solve. The impossible question is the only one that will work. You want him to fail. You want him to be aware of his failure. You want him to try really hard and still fail. You want to confine him to failure. You want to empower failure. Ultimately you want him to try as much as hard as possible and still fail. It is the only way to reduce pride.

God is exactly the same. God gives us the impossible question in the form of the Ten Commandments. Look at the scriptures which say the same thing. I have used the word fail and sin interchangeably for simplicity.

 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Ro 3:19 NKJV) to make them become guilty – to fail.
“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Ro 3:20 NKJV) to make them aware of their failure.
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,” (Ro 5:20 NKJV) to increase failure.
“But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Ga 3:22 NKJV)  to confine them to failure / sin.
“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1Co 15:56 NKJV)  to give failure/sin power.

God gave the law, the Ten Commandments, so that we would fail, and hence reduce our pride. But the Ten Commandments cannot remove pride. The only way to remove pride is to have someone else do all the work. Do you see where this is leading? Jesus is the one who has done it all and deserves all of the glory. God has removed pride (referred to as boasting in scripture). But He did not achieve it by the Ten Commandments, the law of works, because that can only reduce pride. The only way to remove pride is to remove all of our own efforts. This is done when we rely on faith in Jesus.

“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.” (Ro 3:27 NKJV)

 “Where then is there room for your boasting? It is for ever shut out. On what principle? On the ground of merit? No, but on the ground of faith.” (Ro 3:27 Wey)


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