Romans 3:20 Purpose of the Law

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20

There are two types of people when it comes to looking at the laws of God. One group states you must follow every little rule or else you are in trouble. The other group ignores God’s rules altogether.

The group that ignores the law, looks at Jesus and the grace and salvation He provides. They believe that you do not have to follow the law anymore.

This then brings up the question as to why did God ever give the law? What is it’s purpose? If one cannot be saved by following the law, why have it?

The reason for the law is to show what sin really is. Unless a person is told what not to do, he cannot be held accountable for doing it. For this reason God has laid down the rules.

If a person follows the law perfectly from birth until death, he would have no need for the salvation Jesus provided. He would be perfect in himself. Yet, this is not the case. Every person has broken the law and deserves the punishment of death.

With this judgment against every person, the need for Jesus comes up. He is the only one who lived a perfect life. He is the one who paid the punishment of death for your sins. It is through Jesus that you can be saved.

The law was set up to help you realize that you are sinning against God. It also reveals your need for the salvation Jesus provides you. Without the law you would not realize how much of a sinner you really are. You would think that you are a good person, even though it was not true.

Look to the law to see where you are failing God. Realize all the sins that you have done and continue to do. Then, look to the salvation Jesus provides. Trust Jesus for His cleansing of your sinful record.

I pray today that you will see the sin in your life; that you will realize how corrupt you are; that you will look to Jesus to be cleansed of your sin; that you will not try to be righteous on your own; and that you will live for Jesus in His righteousness.


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