As I was preparing for yesterday’s message on Romans 7, I was reminded of a quote Pastor Joey Bonifacio made in one of our conversations.
“Being married to a perfect spouse is not wrong. It’s just tiring.”
That is what life is when we’re married to the LAW. We need to keep measuring up and trying to keep up.
There are 613 laws in the Old Testament and trying to keep all of them is a worthy effort but it will only show us that we can’t. We can try but it will be tiring.
James tells us that breaking just one part of the law will make us guilty of breaking the whole law.
Romans 3:20 says, ” Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”
The law makes us conscious of sin. In fact, it is like a school teacher (tutor) that points us to Jesus.
Therefore the law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)
The law reveals sin but it is powerless to remove sin. It points to righteousness but it can never produce it.
What then is the way to righteousness?
Martin Luther said, ”
“Sin is not canceled by lawful living, for no person is able to live up to the Law. Nothing can take away sin except the grace of God.”
It is only by the grace of God and through the imputed righteousness of Christ that we can be declared righteous. His death on the cross paid the penalty, justifies us from sin and declares us righteous before God’s eyes.
I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (Galatians 2:21)