End of the Law by Gary Glass
The apostle Paul knew the Law or the Ten Commandments. He told the Romans, " I had not know sin, but by the
law." Romans 7:7. In other words, Paul said that he would not know what sin is, unless the Ten Commandments
said, "Thou shalt not steal, kill, covet, etc. In fact, Paul, at one time, thought that by obeying the Law, he would
be given eternal life. However, all that changed when he became a Christian. He states, "And the commandment
which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death." Romans 7:10. Paul realized that the same law that would
give him life(eternal), condemned to death(hell). Jesus says the same thing to a rich young man. The man
asks, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life." Matthew 19:16. Jesus replys, "Why do you ask me
about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments." Verse 17
Then, Jesus lists the Ten Commandments. The man went away sad because he broken the first two command-
ments. The apostle Paul said, "The Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12.
Martin Luther said," The first duty of the gospel preacher is declare God's Law and show the nature of sin." As
believers, we know that we cannot earn salvation by the law. The Bible says," For Christ is the end of the law for
righteousness to every one that believes."Romans 10:4. However, we need to show people their transgression by
using the Ten Commandments to expose sin, so that people will turn to Christ for salvation. That is the purpose of
the law. "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster(teacher) to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
Galatians 3:24. Once a person is saved, he or she is no longer condemned by the law. They are under Grace. The
believer is justified by Christ's finished work at the cross.
Finally, the law is still a powerfull tool to bring people to Christ, whereby they may be justified by faith.
Charles Spurgeon said, "No man will ever put on the robe of Christ's righteousness till he is stripped of his fig
leaves, nor will he wash in the fount of mercy till he perceives his filthiness. Therefore, my brethren, we must not
cease to declare the Law, its demands, its threatenings, and the sinner's multiplied breaches of it."