Bible Passage:Gal 3:23
"But before faith came, we were kept in custody (shut up) under the law."
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Paul proceeds to declare the profit and necessity of the Law. He said before that the Law was added because of transgressions; not that it is the principal purpose of God to make a Law that should bring death and damnation, but the chief end and aim of the Law is to reveal death, so that it may be seen and known how horrible sin is. However, it does not so reveal death as though it tended to no other end but to kill and destroy, but to the end that when men are cast down, terrified, and humbled, they should fear God. This is explained Ex 20:20: "And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to test you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that you sin not." The office of the Law is to kill, and yet so that God may revive and quicken again. The Law is not given only to kill, but because man is proud and dreams that he is wise, righteous, and holy, therefore it is necessary that he should be humbled by the Law, so that his own opinion of righteousness might be slain, for otherwise no man can obtain life. So, although the Law kills, God uses this effect of the Law, this death, to a good end, that is, to bring life. For God, seeing that the whole world was suffering under this plague; namely, man's opinion of his own righteousness, his hypocrisy, and confidence in his own holiness, and knowing that this evil could not be beaten down by any other means, determined to have it slain by the Law. Not for ever, but that, when it was once slain, man might be raised up again above and beyond the Law.
Our ruin God has not intended,
Salvation He would fain bestow;
For this the Son to earth descended,
And then to heaven again did go;
For this so loudly evermore
He knocketh at our heart's closed door.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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