When you understand the reason for something, then you will take full advantage of it. Why was the law given to man? Notice what the scripture says in Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (KJV). This suggests that the law was for the Jews and not for the new creation that is under grace.
Our text today says that no flesh is justified by the deeds of the law. The law was meant to show our sins and get us to the end of our self-effort so that we could embrace grace. The children of Israel asked for the law. Go and read the Book of Exodus again, and you will see that it was not God’s idea to give them the law. But the instinct in man for personal effort made him request it. Of course God knew it was impossible for man to keep it, yet He obliged and gave man the law. If you read the account, from the day the law was given, it was broken. Why? It is simply because no man can keep the law.
Notice in Romans 3:21-22, “But now God has shown us a different way to heaven-not by ‘being good enough’ and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us-declare us ‘not guilty’-if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like” (TLB). What could be more explicit? Don’t try to keep the law; instead, learn to lean on grace.
Psalm 32:1-2, Romans 4:1-8