This morning as I am doing my daily Bible study I happened to be in Romans. When I came to 3:19 a light went off and I commenced to seeking further for clearer explanations as this was exactly what I wanted to share and failed to do so miserably. In light of my failure, I am simply going to share what Romans 3:19 says, along with other verses and commentaries to show that God's grace and mercy are new every day. We are no longer judged by the law but we have to obey the law. I hope the following will shed light and clear understanding.
Romans 3:19-26 states: "Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (NKJ)
Digging even deeper into my study through commentaries and thus, the purpose of the law was to demonstrate human inability to fulfill God's standard of righteousness. Though we are to obey and live by the Ten Commandments, we are given forgiveness by the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. The only way you can justify putting God in a box today is if you do not believe in the New Testament.
If we were judged based only on the Ten Commandments, we would have to sacrifice animal blood 24 hours a day in order to receive forgiveness because we would be constantly breaking a commandment. If you study the Ten Commandments in depth, it is impossible to go ten minutes without breaking a law. Unless you literally plucked your eyes out and stopped your thought processes, it would be impossible to not sin. Though still impossible not to sin, today, however, it is by God's grace and mercy that we are judged. Jesus Christ shed His blood as our final sacrifice.
I hope I am conveying this properly as it is very frustrating to me when I see others being judged by legalistic rules. Legalism has caused a lot of division in my family. I take it personally when people take away from the suffering of Jesus Christ so they can condemn people and use the Ten Commandments to justify their man-made laws. They feel they can take the Ten Commandments and use it for their own purpose. In essence, they are losing people to Christ instead of winning souls for His army. Give Jesus Christ the honor He is due. Do not take away from His pain and suffering. He was beaten for our sins and shed His blood so that we could receive forgiveness for our sins.
So many churches today judge people based on how they are dressed ... what jewelry they are wearing ... how many tattoos they have ... how many piercings they have ... what music they listen to ... whether they take a glass of wine here or there ... whatever they can use to condemn someone. If we do not meet their standards, then we are sinning and going to hell. It says in 1 Samuel 16:7, "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Of course, there is the flip side of all of this also. Some people take the judging of the heart loosely and use it to justify everything they do which is contrary to God's Word. Again, we have to obey the Ten Commandments. There is no way around this. However, we are not judged solely on our failure to do so because it is impossible not to sin. It is our way of justification that changed. Christ goes one step further and looks into the heart of man. He searches the heart for motive. He loves us into His presence. He shows us unconditional love which, in turn, fills us with a desire to love Him. The more we get to know Him personally, the more we do not want to sin ... the more we want to please Him. Our heart is filled with right motive because our intent is solely to honor and obey Christ and not to sin. We, of course, still sin but we no longer have to shed blood for forgiveness of our sins. Jesus Christ already shed the blood, and now we seek our forgiveness through Him.
Please study the below Bible verses for a clearer understanding. I am sure I have not done Jesus justice with my words. I can only pray that every eye which reads this is opened by Jesus and can see clearly the message I am trying to convey. God bless you all and have a wonderful day!!!! Make a commitment today that you and your household will serve Him this day!!!
Romans 3:10 "Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Romans 5:20 "Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more."
Romans 7:7 "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. for I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, 'You shall not covet.'"
Galatians 3:19 "What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
Galatians 3:24 "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith."