Law. It’s a controversial topic not only between various denominations but also among those who may even attend the same church and sit under the same teaching. I think that when we read verses with our eyes but fail to study and meditate with our minds and souls, in our sinful nature we can fail to grasp the truth that’s within the Word. For example, Here’s what I read the other night: “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase” (Romans 5:20a NIV).
At first glance this verse seems to imply that the law causes sin, creates sin, cultivates sin. This is hardly the case, but without a deeper study or at least a second look the wrong idea could plant itself in your mind and grow from doubts into full-blown-faith-shaking lies. So basically, be careful. Make sure that Biblical truths aren’t getting tainted by our sin-nature veil that can fall over our eyes sometimes.
Here’s the full passage: “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21).
First of all, the law is not evil. Romans 7:12 says ” So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.” However, evil takes advantage of the law to produce coveting, deception, and death (Romans 7:8-11). So we know that though law is good, evil is increased.
Oftentimes this is in the form of guilt and shame. One of the main purposes of the law, aside from informing us of what’s right and wrong in God’s eyes, is to make us aware of our specific sins so that we can change! We are not left helpless and clueless as to what God is expecting from us. He is clear in His Word for the good of our lives as well as His own glorification. When Christians measure ourselves up against the standard of God’s moral laws and find depravity and disobedience we need to recognize that we are not hopeless. Law is set in place to help us realize that we can never perfect ourselves, it is meant to drive us to the foot of the cross and bring our need for forgiveness to the God who has already made atonement. Law is not meant to feed meaningless grief and self-hatred.
The devil can take hold of this good and right thing and twist it, causing someone to see the law as condemning instead of corrective. Law can seem pretty hopeless without the Jesus part, but do not fall prey to this trap! We have been gifted the Jesus part! Because where sin increased, grace increased all the more.
Though we can never fully comprehend the depth of our sin, we can know that all of it, comprehensible or not, is covered by the grace of God when we are saved. So much so that though sin reigned (past tense, important!) in death, grace has overpowered it and now reigns in righteousness that doesn’t just stop there, but brings eternal life through Jesus Christ.
God’s moral law is good. It informs us of right and wrong and drives us to Christ for forgiveness and grace when we cannot ever measure up perfectly.
Satan is evil. So he does evil stuff like turn something good into shame and guilt.
Don’t confuse the law with evil, don’t mistake Satan’s voice for God’s, pursue truth in all things with Scripture as the foundation.