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Law Brings Knowledge of Sin

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19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20

Every person in America is under the laws of the land. The laws are clearly known by all people. Traffic laws are posted, for example, on signs along the road. It is the sign that says speed limit 65, which gives you the knowledge of the law. I recently traveled through Texas. The speed limit is 80. The signs clearly gave me the knowledge of the law.

To violate the law makes us guilty. We knew the law but did not keep the law, so it made us guilty. If we saw the speed limit sign of 65 and we drove 75, then we are guilty of violating the law. If caught violating the law, we pay the penalty.

The same is true for God’s law. The law gives us the knowledge of sin. Sin is falling short of perfect obedience. Everyone under the law knows the law and all are guilty for violating God’s law. God gave the law that we might know what sin is.

It also reveals that trying to keep the law is not the way you can find a right relationship with God. You cannot be justified by deeds of the law. The law only points out sin. Doing the law is impossible. If you violate one point of the law, you are guilty of violating the law. The law came into existence because man thought he didn’t need the leadership of God. They didn’t need His grace. So God showed man that they were helpless in trying to please Him by trying to obey His law. The law is just a finger pointed at our failures.

We still can’t please God by obeying the law. The law is helpless in helping us obey. We please God by faith. We must believe that God’s way—grace—is a better way. We rely on God, not on our own feeble attempts to do the right thing. Through the law, we have the knowledge of sin. Through grace, we have His righteousness. God gives us the grace to do the right thing out of our love for Him.