The Purpose of the Law…

Read: Proverbs 13-15
Marked: Proverbs 13:14, The law of the wise [is] a fountain of life, To turn [one] away from the snares of death.

Because of the sin committed by Adam and Eve, the whole human race is affected. The Bible teaches us in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. Death came because of sin.

Without the law we wouldn’t know what sin is. Paul says in Romans 7:7b, “I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness (for example) unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’”

For the law breaker, a just punishment awaits. For the law keeper, a life free from the penalty of the law. But no one can keep the law perfectly. Breaking one breaks them all (James 2:10).

God gave His law that we might understand transgression. Galatians 3:3 reveals the purpose of the law; it was added because of transgressions. And verse 24 says the law was our tutor (teacher) to bring us to Christ.

In Christ is life and freedom from the penalty of sin, through grace by faith. Not through our own works lest we should boast in our own goodness (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Therefore, the wise will pay attention to the law of God and turn from sin and the snares of death and, in Christ, discover the fountain of life because the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)

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