What purpose then does the law serve? Galatians 3:19
Heard on a Plane…
“I’ll have a diet coke please.”
“Would you like a parachute as well?”
“A parachute sir. Your life will be much better if you have one, I guarantee it! In fact, your life will be prosperous, full of peace and joy! Having a parachute is the only way. I have one and you should have one too!”
“Thank you, but I have no need for a parachute. I’m very happy for you though. I’m glad your parachute gives you peace, comfort, and joy.”
The Critical Information
The attendant, not wanting to upset the passenger, failed to tell him that the plane was in fact going down. Why upset him (she must have assumed) when he seemed to be having such a good time. However, failing to share the critical information ultimately would lead to this man’s destruction.
The Purpose of the Law
The Law (the Ten Commandments) lets us know that we are all going down. It does that by letting us know that we are all sinners. Tell most folks about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and omit the Law, they will likely respond that they have no need for saving. They probably consider themselves to be good people.
The Law declares otherwise.
“There is none righteous, no, not one…none who understands; There is none who seeks after God..” Romans 3:10-11
No one seeks after God, at least not until after they realize that God was seeking them first. God sought us first by providing the Law as a mirror. This mirror reveals to us how we truly look to Him: dirty. It is this realization, that we are sinners in need of salvation, that leads us to the parachute that is Christ Jesus.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes… Psalm 19:7-8
One More Time
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
- Are you going to Heaven?
- Are you a good person?
- Do you know the Law?
- Have you taken the Roman’s Road?
*Two words about analogies:
they’re flawed. Whenever we take a biblical truth and attempt to explain it by making a worldly comparison (as I did with the parachute story), we fall short. While some analogies help us to understand biblical concepts, at the end of the day we must solely rely upon the truth of God’s Word.
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