So then, the law is holy, and the commandment
is holy, righteous and good.
The Law is Holy, Righteous, and Good
In light of the fact that we are sinful human
beings who are incapable of keeping the law, it
appears as if the law is not our friend.
Paul argues that the law is in fact very good
for us and we should be thankful for it.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking
it. Just like the speed limit, the law is
hard to ignore - even if just our conscience -
and we won't go free by proclaiming that we
didn't know what the law was. The law sets
the boundaries and because of it we know when
we've exceeded those boundaries.
Some may self righteously declare that they have
kept the law and upheld the boundaries as the
Pharisees did. These people are self
deluded however because no one keeps the law
Where the law is good though is in the fact that
we can't keep the law. Once we realize
that we have broken the law, we know that we
must do something about it. Some people
try to perform good deeds in an effort to
balance out their bad deeds. But the
question is "how much good is enough?"
When one's salvation is in question, one can
never be too sure.
But we can never be good enough to make up for
our sin and that's the conclusion the law should
lead us to. We need a solution for sin and
that solution is Jesus. The law is good
because it shows us our need for salvation found
only in Jesus Christ.