God did not give the law to the righteous people!
“Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand what they are saying or the things they insist on so confidently. But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately, realizing that law is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for ungodly and sinners, …” (! Timothy 1:6 – (, NET).
Our justification is by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ only. When, by trusting, or by faith in, Jesus Christ we accept the justification by His faithfulness it then becomes our visible daily experience, and we are righteous in God’s eyes. Therefore, the law has no dominion over us, and it cannot condemn us anymore. However, if we insist that in addition to the grace we must obey the law for our justification and sanctification, we break the law and remain condemned sinners. Also, if we continue under the condemnation by the law, we cannot be justified, because our justification comes through what Jesus accomplished in our behalf only, on the cross at Golgotha.
Obedience to the law produces the behavior and deeds of the flesh. However, the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ results in the change of mind and change in our attitude. The change of mind and the corresponding change in attitude opens the door for the Holy Spirit to come in and testify to our new spirit that we are now God’s children in Jesus Christ. Thus, we become a new creation who obeys the principle of selfless love that leads to the fulfillment of all laws, not only the ten commandments, but all laws. So, Paul asserts, forcefully, that grace and the law are not in conflict because they operate in different spheres and have a different purpose.
The fallen human beings, by insisting to, at the same time, be married to the law and to Jesus Christ create a conflict between the grace and the law which results in confusion. The law condemns; the Grace saves.
Why then the law? Read the next blog.