But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
(1 Timothy 1:8)
It’s an irony that while people think they can be made righteous by obeying the law, the law is designed to produce the direct opposite. The law is the ministration of condemnation (2 Cor 3:7-9). It was designed to reveal and impute the sins of people who, unlike Abraham, had rejected faith in God.
What did the Lord Jesus say about the Law? He said: “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust” (John 5:45). By ‘Moses,’ the Lord refers to the law of Moses. This is because the law was given for the sins of the Jews to be imputed against them. Paul puts it this way: “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law” (Romans 5:13).
According to today’s text, we realise that there is a lawful use of the law. The law has a specific purpose. We are told that the law is not meant for the righteous but for sinners. When we see believers today trying to live by the law, we see people misapplying the law. It was not meant for you.
The law was given to impute sins. In Christ, however, sin is no longer imputed. There is no ‘condemnation’ to those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Praise God!