The Function of Absolutes

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 3:19-25

The people to whom Paul was writing were confused. If one is saved by grace, through faith, such as Abraham had been, then why did God give the law? What was the purpose of the law for the people of God?

In his writings Paul sets forth a number of purposes for the giving of the law. In today’s lesson he gives us just one of those purposes. “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (v. 24). The law served a purpose and still does. It is to lead us to Christ, the Savior from sin.

Now we begin to understand why people feel no need for Jesus today. We live in a time when, for many, there are no absolutes, no right or wrong, no serious guilt or sin. I will never forget the time a young lady, who was living with a man, not her husband, said to me, “How can it be so wrong when it feels so good?” Without absolutes our feelings determine what is right or wrong. Consequently, there is no sense of sin and thus no need for Christ. The purpose of the law is to reveal to us our sin and to lead us to Jesus Christ, complete forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Father, how we thank you for your truth, which convicts us of our sins and shows us our need for the Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.