Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Faith alone

The scripture, the writing of the law or the entirety of scripture has a common theme,  that in sin did our mothers conceive us. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. ( Psalms 51:5)  That all men women and children are born in sin. We are imprisoned to our sinful flesh and in bondage to it. What are the ramifications of sin? The consequence of humanity’s fall into sin, is that we are all spiritually dead towards God. We are not just separated from God, but it also makes it impossible for us (apart from god’s grace and enabling  to make, or even want to make, any move towards God. The Bibles teaching about human sin is not a popular subject.  We live in a time when people will not accept being told they are wrong less lone bad, but to tell them they are depraved would not be politically correct, today psychologist come up with  phobias for man to excuse their bad behavior. It is even unpopular in many churches  to preach on mans sinful nature. One of the most quoted  phrases “Everyone has some good in them” is not true under the eye’s of a Holy God. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17: 9) We flatter people and try to make them feel good about themselves. They tell them how misunderstood they have been, and that they are  wonderfully  good people at heart. We are dead spiritually and but by the Grace of God can we be saved.

The law cannot give life, spiritual life to a dead sinner; God only can do this, Father, Son, and Spirit.  God makes use of the law to kill, but not to make alive; he makes use of the law to strike dead all a man’s hopes of happiness, try as you might to justify yourself by works of the law, you will be one unhappy person. But it is the Gospel that quickens and comforts; it is the Spirit that gives life. The law requires as much of a dead sinner, as it did of Adam in innocence, but gives him no life, activity, and strength to perform what the law requires,  could it quicken him, and enable him to do all its demands perfectly, then there would be righteousness, and so justification by it,  as by the promise.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1John 4:9)

Gregory Lane  (07/17/2013)