Why Was The Law Given
We know that the law of God cannot redeem, justify, or sanctify guilty sinners (Rom. ). And we know that the law was never intended to be a rule of life for God's children in this world (I Tim. 1:8-9). The law can in no way effect God in the fulfillment of his covenant mercies. It cannot cause God to bestow his grace, or prevent God from bestowing his grace. God's covenant people shall obtain all the mercies revealed and promised in the covenant, because the covenant was made long before the law was given (Gal. ). If the law cannot save us, sanctify us, govern us, or in anyway nullify the covenant promises, what is the purpose of the law? That is the question Paul answers in Galatians 3:19-25. He tells us that the law was added "because of transgressions," to rule over and restrain wicked men until God fulfilled his covenant mercy in bringing them to Christ.
First, and foremost,
God gave the law at Sinai to convince wicked men and women of their guilt and