The law is necessary – both in faith and in all forms of life – but it alone is never enough. We only have to look at any decent justice system over the face of the earth and we can see this to established effect. Whether in the criminal or civil domains, the law constitutes freedom – but it still does not calm the vast moral injustices that will always sweep the earth.
The law is neither a necessary evil nor is it an ass (as many would mistakenly suggest). It is merely humankind’s best attempt, through its own wisdom, colluding with its own flawed and also at times inspiring insight into the wisdom of God, to arrest the very human problem of sin as it exists.
The law gets us part the way there. The Ten Commandments are just as pertinent today as ever – but it is Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount who contextualises the Ten Commandments for us. He is the fulfilment of the law.
And it’s the ‘him-ness’ principle that we ought to study for the rest of our lives. He is our Righteousness. This is the principle that helps us wrest meaning from supposedly diametrically opposed concepts of the law and grace. Both co-exist beautifully under Jesus.
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