The law has never saved anyone, and it never will. God did not give it to redeem us from sin but to show our need of salvation. That’s why the apostle Paul called it “our tutor.”
In an unforgettable sermon, evangelist Fred Brown used three images to describe the purpose of the law. First, he likened it to the small mirror dentists use. With the mirror they can detect cavities. But they can’t drill with it our use it to pull teeth. The mirror reveals the decayed area or other abnormality, but it can’t fix the problem.
Brown then drew another analogy. He said that the law is also like a flashlight. If the lights go out at night, you use it to guide you down the darkened basement stairs to the electrical box. When you point it toward the fuses, it helps you see the one that is burned out. But after you’ve removed the bad fuse, you don’t insert the flashlight in its place. You put in a new fuse to restore the electricity.
In his third image, Brown likened the law to a plumb line. Builders check their work by using a weighted string. If this plumb line reveals that the work is not true to the vertical, the plumb line cannot correct it. The builder must get out a hammer and saw.
Like the mirror, flashlight, and plumb line, the law points out the problem – sin, but it doesn’t provide a solution. The only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the law. Only He can save. – David C. Egner
The law shows us a need that only grace can fill.
- March 7, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread