As you may have noticed in the last psot, I don't have a very high view of humanity. Actually, I do, but not when it comes to sin. We, although originally created inthe image of God, are now twisted, perverted, and sinful. We have broken God's law. Breaking God's law is the worst thing you can do. It's also the very first thing we do. But our problem goes even deeper than that. It's not jsut that we have all individually broken God's law, it's that in Adam, who represented us at the dawn of creation, we all broke God's law. (Rom 5:12-14) So we have two problems, and they both involve the law. Surely there is a solution for this problem from the law. Nope. Sorry. There's not.
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:19-20)Those should be sobering words for the world. To know that God's law judges us in every sin we commit is a staggering thought to me. The law is given to show men our sinfulness, and as a result of that sinfulness, to pronounce a guilty sentence and God's curse upon us.
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them." Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith." But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them." (Gal 3:10-12)
This is where we start looking for the legal loopholes, but there aren't any. The law can't help me now. No defense attorney can twist the words of God's commandments to make them adapt to needs.
See, this is where everyone more or less agrees. Apart from Christ there is no hope for lawbreakers. We can't be justified by the law, so Christ keeps the law for us, and then dies for us, and through faith in Him we are counted righteous and just. We are regarded as though we had lived Christ's perfect life of obedience to God's law. Then everything gets messy, because I'm going to tell you that you won't, that you can't be sanctified or glorified through lawkeeping either. The law can't do it. It is not equipped or designed to do it.
Even after I'm justified, I still have a problem. I am positionally righteous, but I'm also practically sinful. The law isn't going to help me become less sinful. You know why? Because it still has the same basic purposes that it had while I was lost. It reveals and excites sin, and it deters the outward manifestation of that sin. Something has to happen on the inside of me and you. And it's not as simple as saying, "I'm justified and regenerated now, so I can keep the ten commandments now." I wish it were that simple, but it really isn't.