“The Law came in so that the offense would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20).

With the giving of the Law no longer can humanity pretend to be in a state of subjective speculation as to whether or not some behavior or attitude is sinful. The Law becomes an objective standard, and by it all are found guilty; adding even greater credence to Paul’s earlier observation that we are without excuse (1:20). The positive side of the Law is that while it heightens our consciousness of sin, it also heightens our awareness, all the more, of our need for forgiveness, grace, and deliverance.

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