“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” -Galatians 2:21

As the scriptures tell us, the law is not only good (Romans 7:12), but it also condemns. This may have been a tougher paradox to reconcile if the reconciliation wasn’t eventually solved by Christ Jesus.


The Law is good because it comes from God, and shows us the nature of God and His perfection. Yet, what it also shows is the impossibility of mere man to attain righteousness, hence the condemnation. Even the most pious of Christians need to remind themselves that obedience comes through faith and not the other way around (See my note on Romans 1:5, “On The Obedience That Comes From Faith”). If this were not the case then, as the verse tells us, Christ need not have come in the first place.

What this all shows us is the need for grace, for if we were judged without it, then no one would be saved. The Law prepared the way for Christ and God’s grace was manifest in His Son, who died upon the cross, that we may no longer live under wrath, but grace and dwell in the Father’s house forever and ever. Amen.

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