Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (Romans 3:19-21, NIV 1984).
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21, NIV 1984).
What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed, I would not have known what sin was except through the law. But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. (Romans 7:7, 13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Law is a lot more than words you put in a book, or judges or lawyers or sheriffs you hire to carry it out. It’s everything people ever have found out about justice and what’s right and wrong. It’s the very conscience of humanity. There can’t be any such thing as civilization unless people have a conscience, because if people touch God anywhere, where is it except through their conscience?” (“The Ox-Bow Incident,” Walter Van Tilburg Clark, 1940).
“Law is a lot more than words you put in a book.” Indeed, it is. It is how people “[find] out about justice and what’s right and wrong.” We do not become “righteous…by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” We cannot fully observe the law. We fail time and time again. The more laws the more failure. Becoming “conscious of sin” makes it “the very conscience of [lost] humanity.”
“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more…so [that] grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And “if people touch God anywhere” it is through grace, not the law.” There can’t be any such thing as [salvation] unless people [accept God’s grace].” To which “the law…testifies.“
My Advice – Let God touch you through His grace.