The Three Uses of the Law

Posted by on Nov 21, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Timothy 1:8-11

The Bible clearly states that the Christian is saved by grace alone through faith alone (cf. Ephesians 2:5, 8-10). Since this is true, then what should be one’s attitude toward the Law of God? Should the Christian reject it entirely as a set of unnecessary regulations, or is there some on-going use for the Law of God in the life of the Believer? In answer to these questions it should be noted that the Bible teaches three uses of the Law of God:

(1) It is a light to expose our sin and point us to the Savior.

(2) It is a curb to restrain wickedness in this fallen world.

(3) It is a rule to guide the Believer in knowing how to live.

Thus, we see that the Law of God has an on-going function in this world, even in the life of the Believer. It is to our benefit, then, that we study and apply the Law of God as a “rule of life” (WCF 19, Article 6)