Romans 3:31 The Law – In Its Right Place

Romans 3:31 (KJV)
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

John Gill writes of the law, “…its use in other respects is not set aside, such as to inform us of the mind and will of God, to discover and convince of sin, to show believers their deformity and imperfection, to render Christ and his righteousness more valuable, and to be a rule of walk and conversation to them…”

Only the believer, who grasps the truth surrounding salvation by grace through faith, can put the law of Moses in its proper place. Far from voiding the law, this Christian sets it once and for all in its rightful place, as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. This law, when understood, draws the sinner to call upon Christ for salvation. It serves then to stay the Christian near to His Lord. We study the law and see in it types of Christ. We learn of the failures of the Jews precisely because they tried to keep it for righteousness’ sake instead of calling out to God for mercy. 

We do not void the law. We do not ignore the law. We establish it and set it up as the standard of a holy and righteous God – a standard met only by Christ. A standard that is applied to our account when we are hidden in Jesus. 

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Romans 3:31 The Law – In Its Right Place

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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