Have you ever been mad at the computer? The computer works fine for its purpose, to use the internet, games, etc. But when a computer is used for something outside of its purpose, the computer is frustrating. Ever tried to store pennies in a computer? Is there anything wrong with a computer if it can’t store pennies? No, that is not its purpose. The purpose of God’s law is to point out your faults and sins. The bible says in Romans 3:20, “Through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” Paul once said, “For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” When people try to keep the law they become frustrated because the purpose it not to keep but to point out our faults. In Galatians 3:24 is says, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” Later in the next verse it says, “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
The Ministry of Death
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-9
We are ministers of the new covenant! Not of the old covenant but of the Spirit. Wow what a revelation! Anytime you try to earn, deserve, or merit something. You’re putting yourself back under that old system. That is what the system of the Law is; it is all about you earning it, you deserving it. You Meriting it. The old system pointed to you… You shall not, you shall not, and you shall not. The Old covenant is also known as in verse 9 as “the ministry of condemnation.” It condemns you because that is the purpose of the law. The purpose of God’s law was to point out your faults and sins. Let me ask you a question, what else in the law was written and engraved on stones? Only, the Ten Commandments was written with God’s fingertip and engraved on stones.
“Blasphemy! I would have you know that The Ten Commandments are God’s holy laws. How dare you call them the ministry of death?”
I understand your anger. It is hard to comprehend, but let me explain. Some argue and say the Law refers exclusively to the “ceremonial laws” of Moses, such as the animal sacrifices. Therefore, they say while we may no longer be bound to the ceremonial laws, we are still under the “moral laws” or the Ten Commandments. However, nothing could be further from the truth because the ceremonial laws were never “written and engraved on stones.” They were written on parchment. Only the Ten Commandments were “written and engraved on stones.”
The Commandments Are Holy, Just, and Good
While the Commandments are holy, just, and good, it has NO power to make you holy, just, and good. Those who fight for the Ten Commandments cannot even remember them. You ask them, what is the 8th? What is the 4th? What is the 9th? The Holy Spirit does not help on that you ask them. They have no clue. But even the Holy Spirit will help a little child remember “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!” My friend when you try to keep the Ten Commandments. You are Condemned! You feel guilty. Does this mean we should go out and commit adultery or murder? No, may it never be! Sin is still sin, it always has been the same. Even four hundred plus years before the command to not commit adultery David told Potiphar’s wife, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). So for those who say we must keep the law to keep people from sin, we need to remember Joseph. He recognized that God was with him, and because he knew this, he was able to deny sin. The law is about changing from the outside in, but real change comes from the inside out.
The commandments served its purpose to bring us to Christ. People leave church, not because they are rebellious but because they give up; they say, “This stuff is too hard”. The have been hoodwinked into believing it’s all about them! When it’s all about Jesus! Give up on trying to earn God’s love, and begin to put your trust in JESUS! Take your eyes off of yourself and look to Jesus. I promise you will walk on water!