Read: Romans 7:1-6

When you have a serious fall, an X-ray will reveal a serious fracture in your leg. Do you blame the X-ray for the problem? Do you blame your doctor for informing you of a life-threatening situation? Of course not! In the same way, the law was designed by God to diagnose the sinful condition of humanity – to make people aware of their need for a Saviour.

In The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan said, “This parlour is the heart of a man who was never cleansed by the sweet grace of the gospel; that dust is his inward corruption that has defiled the whole man. He who began to sweep at first is the law, but she who brought the water and did sprinkle it is the gospel. Now, so soon as the first began to sweep, the dust did so fly about that you were almost choked therewith. This is to show you that the law, instead of cleansing the heart from sin, does revive, put strength into, and increase it, for it does not give the power to subdue. Again, the damsel sprinkling the room with water is to show you what happens when the gospel comes in. As the damsel settled the dust by sprinkling the floor with water, sin is vanquished and subdued, and the soul made clean through faith; and consequently made fit for the King of Glory to inhabit.”

The law of God merely reveals the filthy condition of the human heart. What the law of God stirs up, only Jesus can clean up through His grace. This is enough even for present day pilgrims to respond in thankful praise. Moreover, let us always remember that since “we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” (Rom. 7:6).

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