“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).
Don’t get it wrong. The problem has never been the goodness of the law. The problem has always been man. The law, as good as it is, was not effective in helping the Jews attain righteousness because man simply did not have a nature that was consistent with it. Paul admits thus: “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12).In the fourteenth verse he says: “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).
Through the law, we see the holiness of God. Independent of man’s compliance in keeping the law, we see God for who He is- Holy and upright. Romans 3:5 insinuates that the unrighteousness of man under the law commends the righteousness of God. It was a good law given to an imperfect people. It therefore could not help them.
But then the bible says: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). The law was weak through the flesh. But what the law could not do, Christ has done. He went to the root of the matter and solved it.
He died for our sins. When He died, we died with Him. When He rose, we rose with Him, quickened from sin. The man in Christ is dead to sin! The Spirit of God indwells him, leading him in the path of righteousness. What the law could not do, Christ has done. Amen.