For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Throughout this series of devotions we have seen that because no one is able to live up to the law that they are due the punishment of breaking the law. Romans 4 takes this idea a step further and applies it to Christians.
Christians have been forgiven of their sins and are no longer subject to the penalty of the law. The problem is that we live as if we are still under the law. Make no mistake, the ten commandments are just as applicable to Christians today as they were to Jews of the Old Testament era. The difference is that our salvation is not found in maintaining those rules.
This is where Christians stumble. As was discussed in “No Justification by the Law” the law should be preached to make people aware of their sins so that they will seek the Lord in repentance.
The problem arises when Christians push the law too hard. There are absolutely times when Christians should be involved in government action – that is an entirely different topic. Some people seem to think that by passing laws against abortion, homosexuality, or any other thing that Christians do not stand for that it will solve the problem of sin.
Instead, more effort should be put towards bringing people to the Lord. All of the laws in the world won’t stop sinful behavior. Repentance will stop sinful behavior however. Then there will be no need to point out the law because it will be written on the hearts of the people.