Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
God’s law given to Moses had and still has, for those who want to adhere to it, the purpose of guiding us to Christ. However, many have sought justification through the law without realizing the impossibility of meeting all its requirements. Those who did so realized they were enslaved by it but could not find another way to achieve justification. Even then, they remained clinging to it trying to achieve the impossible. Many still do not know that there is a better way, indeed the only possible way, which is by faith in the redemptive work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. We note that the law itself is not bad. What we are saying is that the law does not justify or save us. Its validity still remains and we must adjust to it in spirit given that our sinful nature will not do it. The apostle Paul said to the Roman believers: “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Abiding the law keeps his life and, more importantly, pleases God. Whoever ignores its precepts is defeated by sin and we know that “the wages of sin is death” so he or she “falls short of the glory of God.” Let us walk, then, according to God’s Spirit and not according to the sinful nature that dominates our body. Only a mind controlled by the Holy Spirit of God can resist and overcome the evil influences of the flesh. To God alone be the glory!