So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
In light of the fact that we are sinful human beings who are incapable of keeping the law, it appears as if the law is not our friend. Paul argues that the law is in fact very good for us and we should be thankful for it.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. Just like the speed limit, the law is hard to ignore – even if just our conscience – and we won’t go free by proclaiming that we didn’t know what the law was. The law sets the boundaries and because of it we know when we’ve exceeded those boundaries.
Some may self righteously declare that they have kept the law and upheld the boundaries as the Pharisees did. These people are self deluded however because no one keeps the law perfectly.
Where the law is good though is in the fact that we can’t keep the law. Once we realize that we have broken the law, we know that we must do something about it. Some people try to perform good deeds in an effort to balance out their bad deeds. But the question is “how much good is enough?” When one’s salvation is in question, one can never be too sure.
But we can never be good enough to make up for our sin and that’s the conclusion the law should lead us to. We need a solution for sin and that solution is Jesus. The law is good because it shows us our need for salvation found only in Jesus Christ.