3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 8:3 (NLT)
This verse tells us the ultimate failure of the Law of Moses. The only thing this law could do is to show us what is right and wrong. However, it stopped short of helping us to do what is right and to avoid doing what is wrong. Why is that so? God attributed it to the weakness of our sinful nature. This weakness prevents us from doing what is right. No matter how much we tried by our own effort to get right with God, we will fail because the weakness of our sinful nature is there to stop us. Therefore, attempts to obey the Law of Moses will only result in failure.
God knew about it and did what the law could not do. He sent his Son, Jesus to die for us. As a result, sin’s control over us has ended. We are made right with God through our faith in him and not through the obedience of the Law of Moses. As a Christian, all these may sound like an established truth but it can affect our victorious lives if we are not aware of it.
Today, we live holy lives not because we are obeying the Law. We live holy lives because sin’s control over us has ended through the sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross. In other words, we don’t sin because we don’t want to sin, not because we are threatened not to. This sets us apart from religious people around us, including religious people who called themselves “Christians”.
Unfortunately, there are still religious churches today that demand their members to obey the Law of Moses like the 10 Commandments as though God will punish them if they don’t. They think the Law of Moses can save them. They have total disregard for Romans 8:3 that says the Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. That is sheer arrogance. It is a blasphemy to think that we can save ourselves through the obedience of the Law. If salvation can be achieved through the obedience of the Law, Christ died for nothing. Reliance to the Law is a blatant insult to what Jesus did at the Cross.
Some religious people may ask, “Does this mean I can commit any sin I want since I don’t have to obey the Law?”
The answer is at the end of Romans 8:3. Sin’s control over us has ended. We don’t sin because we don’t want to. Sin is no longer our nature. While technically we are free to sin and still go to heaven, we will not do it because we don’t want to. We do not need anyone out there to force us not to sin. Not obeying the Law does not mean we must do the exact opposite what the law says.
Furthermore, laws are for law-breaker. For example, the law that says do not murder is for people who have the intentions to murder. If you have been living a life of love and never have any intention to kill anyone, this law is irrelevant to you. You will never commit murder regardless of whether this law is still in force. In other words, as long as we live in faith through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the entire Moses Law including the 10 Commandments is irrelevant to us. We are holy from inside out. This is true holiness. True holiness comes from within and not imposed from the outside.
This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.