Purpose of the Law of God

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:24

If the law of God makes it very clear that we cannot justify ourselves before Him, it is very likely that someone thinks that God has been so cruel to humanity to put an unattainable standard. The truth is that God is good and He gives us a better exit. When we realize that we cannot do something for ourselves, it is logical to seek someone to do it for us. The purpose of the law of God is to bring to the foot of the cross of Christ to be justified by faith.

Two of the greatest American evangelists have understood very clearly what is written in Galatians 3:24. Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) said: “The Law can only chase a man to Calvary, no further.” While Billy Graham (1918- ) said: “The Holy Spirit convicts us. It shows the Ten Commandments; Law is the tutor to lead us to Christ.”

Tutor is defined as the person in charge of raising and educating a child. The tutor is the person in a wealthy house who is responsible for the care and education of children. That is, he is the person responsible for the custody or upbringing, which leads to children. According to the definition, tutor functions include raising, education, care, custody and driving.

According to what the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 3:24, the purpose of the law of God as a tutor is more related to educate, custody and driving. The Law teaches us in relation to what God considers sin. Any violation of the Act is an offense against God. Therefore, it cannot be anything but a sin. The Law as standard of God, it is our custodian until the day we made the decision to be covered by grace through faith. That is why the Law leads us by the hand to Christ.

The English clergyman John R. Stott (1921-2011) said: “We cannot come to Christ to be justified until we have gone before Moses to be condemned.” The Law of God will not find us innocent but guilty. Therefore, as Stott says, Moses condemns us. It is impossible for anyone to pass the test of the Law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

If we read Exodus 20:3-17 we realize that throughout our lives we have systematically violated the Ten Commandments. And before the guilty verdict that is coming down from Sinai, we have only one way to get rid of the punishment we deserve, climb another mountain, Calvary and reach the feet of Christ. Our works inevitably condemn us, but salvation comes by way of Jesus Christ by grace through faith in Him. There is no other possible alternative.

If you’ve spent your whole life trying to keep the commandments with hope to earn heaven, I regret to say that you are on the wrong path. Law proves you do not deserve to go to heaven. But all is not lost for you if you decide to accept the precious gift of salvation that Christ gives. I invite you to give your heart to Jesus Christ today because you do not know if you’ll have tomorrow. God bless you.


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