statement does the apostle make concerning the law?
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
What does the law
"What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had
not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law
had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7. (See Romans 3:20, last
Will the law do
this work for others besides the Jews?
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to
them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God." Romans 3:19.
What is the nature
of God's law?
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just,
and good." Romans 7:12.
It is manifest that
a law, the office of which is to point out sin, can never justify one from
the transgressions of that law. How, then, can man be justified?
"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24.
But does the fact
that we are subjects of God's grace, give us license to sin?
"What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but
under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin
unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:15,16.
How must those walk
who would be free from condemnation?
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."