So you didn`t pass the sky test. Well, that`s the real purpose of celestial testing. Because that is the real purpose of the law. They are right that we see God`s sanctity in the law and thus gain an understanding of God`s laws of what is right and wrong. The problem is that no one has them or could keep them! The Bible says that the main reason God has given us the law is to lead us to Christ. You see, this is God`s problem – His creation is sinful and never meets the standard He has set. But out of pride, he thinks it`s “pretty good.” Now God has a solution to the problem of sin. the death of his son in atonement. but what can he do against his creation, which, out of pride, does not even see that it needs the sacrifice of Jesus? Thus, the law was given to show man his fallen nature, and whether you believe it or not, to magnify even his sin, so that he would look away from himself in response and turn to the only one who could ever save – Jesus. These verses teach this – Romans 5:20 “The law was added (given) that the breaking of sin might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, grace could also reign by righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Galatians 3:23-25 “Before this faith came, we were imprisoned by the law, imprisoned until the faith was revealed.
Thus, the law was commanded to lead us to Christ so that we could be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the watchful eye of the law. God gave the law to reveal His standard of absolute righteousness, to convince us all of our true guilt before Him, so that we could see that we need the gospel. The second reason God gave His law was that mankind could see their sin and therefore needed a Savior. This appears in Paul`s letter to the Romans, where he writes: “Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are under the law, that all mouths can be stopped, and that the whole world can be held accountable to God. For by the works of the law no one shall be justified in his sight, for by the law comes the knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:19-20). Looking at God`s law, we acknowledge our sin. Thus, the law serves as a mirror and shows us who we really are before God. When we look at this mirror, we see the filth of sin that covers us. We realize how far we really fall from God`s sacred standard. When God sees our sins, He brings us the gospel, the message that God forgives all our sins because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Paul describes the law as an educator who leads us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).
One of my great wishes for our church is that we are a people who understand God`s law and fulfill it in a spirit of love. The law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai a few months after the expulsion of the people from Egypt has been the victim of a very bad press over the last few centuries. I suppose there is a lot of confusion in our minds when we read in Romans 6:14, “You are no longer under the law, but under grace,” but in Romans 3:31: “Do we overthrow the law by faith? On no account! On the contrary, we respect the law. A true child of God will want to please his Heavenly Father. Only an illegitimate deceiver can be content all his life with despising and dishonoring the God he claims to love. Were you adopted from his family? If so, your faith should be proven by good works inspired to please God, not by dead works that seek to earn the reward of salvation. If not, accept Christ in faith, for “to those who received him he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name” (John 1:12). The last reason His law has given us is that Christians have a leader.
The law tells us what God`s will is for our lives. In it, God gives us useful and concrete instructions so that we know how to serve Him and our neighbor. If God did not give us His law, we would be alone and trying to find out what God wants from us. Because sin is always with us, we would not do a very good job. Since we are freed from the punishment and power of sin, we can now enjoy God`s law (Psalm 119), not to be saved, but because Jesus fulfilled it for us. The gospel gives us the ability to love and serve our neighbor, and in doing so, we begin to fulfill God`s law. There are three reasons why God gave His law. First, the law was given so that society could function. If sin had never come into the world, then no government would have been necessary, because Adam and Eve heard the law directly from God Himself. But after the fall of man, sin and violence became important in the world. The murder entered creation by Cain, who killed his brother Righteous Able.
God then had to establish some kind of organization in the world that would restrict sin by threatening punishment. This first appears when God protects Cain and promises that whoever killed Cain will face death himself (Genesis 4:15). The institution of government, which is supposed to punish those who break the law, was restored after the Flood (Genesis 9:6) and then in a special way in the nation of Israel. Today, our governments still operate according to God`s law by punishing criminals for acts such as murder and robbery. In this usage, the law is necessary for both the believer and the unbeliever. It prevents society from destroying itself. Even God-fearing people had their bad times questioning God. God allowed Satan to attack Job just by taking his possessions, killing his ten children, and then covering his body with sorrowful boils.
Job wanted to plead his case before God that he was being treated unfairly. But when God appeared and Job gave insight into His power and wisdom, Job`s response was to clap his hand over his mouth, be silent, and repent in the dust and ashes (Job 40:4-5; 42:6).