Notes on the Book of Romans

The Purpose of the Law of Moses

Romans 3:20 (KJV 1900)
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

No one is justified by obedience to the Law of Moses because:

  1. The Law was not given to justify men before God. Its purpose was to reveal what sin is [Rom 3.19-20].
  2. The Law existed to demonstrate man’s total inability to keep it and to thereby portray man’s guilt and condemnation before God [Rom 3.19-20].
  3. The Law existed to reveal mankind’s hostility towards righteousness and rebellion towards God and truth [Rom 3.9-17].
  4. The Law was given to demonstrate that divine grace is the only basis for right relations to God [Rom 3.21-24]. The Law was to drive mankind towards a grace solution to sin through faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ [Rom 3.27-28].

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