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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Romans 8:3 The Law's Purpose in Salvation

If we were to inquire into the cause that moved God to save us by such means, what can we say,
  •     But that it proceeded from His incomprehensible wisdom, His ineffable goodness, and the unfathomable depth of His mercies?
“For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned in the flesh. That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:3, 4.
But there are some things which the Law cannot do.
·       It cannot produce a new heart in a sinner. It cannot save a lost soul.
·        It cannot justify a guilty person.
·        It cannot draw a wanderer back to God.

 The Law, as originally given to Adam, a perfect man, had he carried it out, would have glorified God and would have produced in him a perfect life. But we are not in the same position towards God as Adam was and we are not free from the stain of evil as he was.

We have fallen and there is now in our nature that which Paul calls, “the flesh,” which lusts to envy, and turns aside from God. This has made the Law weak for the accomplishment of God’s purpose of justification or salvation.

The laws we have today, where it is true and good, protects honest men and deters many from committing crime—but it is practically powerless in the case of some habitual criminals who seem to have inherited the tendency to criminality.  Daily 1000 break the law. The law is good but powerless to enforce the law.The defect is not in the law, but in the person with whom it has to deal. 

So the Law of God becomes weak through our weakness. There are some who cling to the Law and expect to be saved by their own doings, but they are leaning on a broken reed! To free from guilt and condemnation is what the Law cannot do, not on account of any fault in itself, but because it is weak through our flesh.

What, then, is the purpose and limit of the Law?
·       The Law sets before us a straight path. Right up the mountain side I see the way to the summit. But I have fallen into an abyss. I am bruised and broken—I cannot stir an inch.
o   What is the use of a straight road to me?
§  Here I must lie, at the bottom of the ravine, and perish unless something more than a straight road is shown to me.
§  The way is before me, but I am weak and cannot stir.
·        The Law of God tells us what we ought to do, but that does not enable us to do it! Still, it is useful to know the way in which we should go, for that will show us how far we have fallen, cause us to be discontented with our present state and prepare us to accept help, if help should come. The Law can do that.

·       The Law is also very useful because it shows us our deflections and stains.
o    It is like the mirror which you might look into to see your face, and to see if there is any dirt on her face. But you cannot wash your face with the mirror! When the mirror has done its utmost, there are the stains, all the same. It cannot take away a single spot—it can only show where it is.

·       And the Law, though it reveals our sins, our shortcomings, our transgressions—it cannot remove the sin or the transgression.

·       It is weak for that purpose because it was never intended to accomplish such an end.

·        The Law also serves another purpose—it reprimands us for our sin.

§  Did you ever feel its ten- multitude lash coming upon the back of your conscience? What furrows these plowers make! “Condemn him,” says whole ten-throated Law of God!

§  The First Commandment says, “Condemn him—he has broken me.” And the Second Command says, “Condemn him—he has broken me.” And the Third says, “Condemn him—he has broken me.” Not one of them is silent! All scream for their due and if you truly know your own heart, you confess that not one charges you falsely, seeing that hate is murder and the thought of folly, sin! When conscience is really awake, what pain, what anguish the Law will bring to the spirit!

§  But it cannot heal you. It cannot speak peace to you. It cannot forgive you. To convince and to condemn is all the Law can do. It is too weak to save even one poor sinner!

·       Again, the Law can tell you what you ought to do, but it gives no inclination to do the right.
o    On the contrary, without any blame to the Law, it often creates inclination to do otherwise. Paul says, “I was alive without the Law once: but when the Commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”
o   There are some things men would not think of doing if they were not forbidden—but the very forbidding of them makes some desire to do them!
o   Many a thing which is commanded, we might have freely done if it had been left to our own choice—but such is the stubborn unreasonableness behavior of our nature that, being commanded to do it, by direct route  we refuse!
o   We kick against the Commandments.
o   The Law does not sweetly incline us to holiness, but, through the weakness, or, rather, wickedness of our flesh, it often stirs up the obstinate and rebellious tendency to demonstrate just how bad we really are, and  which are in our nature.
o   Certainly the Law does not bring round us to righteousness, but, “sin, taking occasion by the Commandment,” works in us all manner of evil

The Law is weak in another way.
·       It does not lend us any aid towards the fulfillment of its Commands.