Emanna for 08/13/2019

The Law Was Not Given for Man to Keep

Bible Verses

Rom 7:7 What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But I did not know sin except through the law... Gal 3:19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions until the seed should come to whom the promise was made...

Words of Ministry

The law does not cause us to do anything that we have not done before; the law merely exposes what is in us already. That is why I say that God gave man the law not to keep it, but to break it. Nor does the law afford man an opportunity to transgress; rather, the law shows man that he will transgress. The law allows man to see what God has already seen. God purposed before the times of the ages to give grace to man. Later He gave Abraham a promise. In eternity it was merely His purpose. With Abraham, it was something spoken: He would deal with man in grace. Why then did God give man the law four hundred and thirty years after that? It was added because of the transgressions. In order for man's sins to become transgressions, the law was given to man. In this way, man realized that he had sin and would wait "until the seed should come to whom the promise was made" (Gal. 3:19). It was not until the whole world saw that they were sinners and that they were really hopeless that they were willing to receive the Lord Jesus Christ whom God had promised. Even if God had given man His salvation earlier, man would not have taken it. Man does not want God's grace, but because man has transgressions and is hopeless, he will possibly receive God's grace.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, The Gospel of God, 1993, pp. 71, 74-75. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/22/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.