“Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith” (Galatians 3.24 NLT).
Why did God put us under the law before allowing Jesus to put us under His grace? The law not only reveals our need for grace, but it also guards us until we are willing and ready to receive grace through the Finished Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The law is a lesser, human-centered form of holiness that couldn’t even scratch the surface of God’s holiness. Yet, it gave us at the very least a standard for which to aim. However, after hundreds of years guarded by the law, people could only project a holiness that was based on deceit, fear and power. Once our human manufactured holiness was at its peak, Jesus entered the scene and destroyed it. He came to the world offering a standard of His own righteous holiness that is perfect in every way. This holiness is not human-centered; rather, it is Christ-centered. It is based on the work of Jesus, not human effort. It is the highest standard of holiness rooted in grace and based on faith, love and mercy. Through the law we look at ourselves for perfection. We may try to project a false holiness for a time, but we will eventually find ourselves looking for perfection in Jesus Christ, for He is the only standard that is pleasing and acceptable to God. The law guards us on our journey for holiness until we reach the throne of God via the cross. When we project Jesus to the world, they will see the holiness of God on earth and in our lives.
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10.10 NIV).