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The Purpose of the Law

Ray Comfort in his book, Hell’s Best Kept Secret, that the purpose of the Law of God is fourfold:

  1. To show the world its guilt before God (Romans 3:19-20)
  2. To show us the knowledge of sin (Romans 7:7; 1 Timothy 1:8-11)
  3. To show us the depth of our sin (John 8:34; Romans 3:10-18, 23; James 2:10; 1 John 3:4)
  4. To be a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:23-24 KJV)

How important then for us to apply the Law whenever we are preaching the gospel to the lost.  Without the preaching of the Law, sin and even grace are glossed over and the sinner doesn’t see their own depravity before a holy God nor His goodness toward them in His Son (Romans 5:18-21; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 3:13-14).  When we see our sinfulness in light of the divine Law of God, we see the beauty of God’s grace in His Son (John 1:17; Romans 2:4).

To quote Charles Spurgeon:

“Lower the Law, and you dim the light by which man perceives his guilt.  This is a very serious loss to the sinner, rather than a gain; for it lessens the likelihood of his conviction and conversion.  I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary when you have set aside the Law.  You have taken away from it the schoolmaster that is to bring men to Christ.  They will never accept grace till they tremble before a just and holy Law.  Therefore the Law serves a most necessary and blessed purpose and it must not be removed from its place.”

Amen.  May we preach the Law of God before we begin to preach the grace of God.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/22/2010 at 8:36 AM

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  1. Revivals Golden Key is another book by Ray Comfort that deals with the same topic. Sadly too few evangelists today preach the law in this way. I heard one state in the course of his message that he was not going to remind people of their sin, because they already knew it only too well. That was taking a lot for granted. we must remember that the heart is deceitful, and becomes very hard. It has to be broken, and that is done by the law. When confronted by the law,every mouth is stopped and all stand guilty before God. Romans 3:19. Jesus Himself used the law in this same way when He spoke with the Samaritan woman, as well as the rich young ruler. Peter wraps up his pentecost sermon by telling the people that they crucified Jesus, who is Lord and Christ. They were pricked to the heart and asked "What shall we do?" They were convicted of murder. I read a lot of old sermons from the past and the old time preachers preached like this as well.


    10/23/2010 at 3:45 AM

  2. I have heard the same Phil, that people are too aware of their sinfulness already so don't talk about them being sinners. One friend of mine uses the postmodern, seeker church talk and refers to people now as simply "unchurched" instead of sinners or lost. Yet I have found the opposite true when preaching the gospel to the world. They may say "we are all sinners" but most people are actually self-righteous and think that they will get to heaven because "I'm not that bad of a person." The Law shuts their self-righteous boasting before the Lord (Romans 3:19-20) and the Law shows us that I and not just WE have violated God's Law and deserve His just wrath against our sins.

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