The Three Things the Law Does (8 min) from 119 Ministries on Vimeo.

The Hebrew word translated as Law is Torah it simply means Instruction.

God offers us His law, His instruction to inform us of the best way to live.

God’s Law only does three things

  1. Defines Sin
  2. Blesses us when we obey (obedience)
  3. Curses us when we disobey (sin)

The Law Defines Sin

Because you offered sacrifices and sinned against the LORD, you didn’t obey the LORD and didn’t live according to his Law, his statutes, or his testimonies; therefore, this disaster has happened to you, as is the case today.” (Jeremiah 44:23)

But if the wicked person turns from all his sins, which he did and keeps my statutes, then he’ll live. He won’t die. (Ezekiel 18:21)

And all Israel flouted your Law, turning aside from it and not obeying your voice. Because we’ve sinned against him, the curse has been poured upon us, along with the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God. (Daniel 9:11)

Therefore, God will not justify any human being by means of the actions prescribed by the Law, for through the Law comes the full knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

What should we say, then? Is the Law sinful? Of course not! In fact, I wouldn’t have become aware of sin if it had not been for the Law. I wouldn’t have known what it means to covet if the Law had not said, “You must not covet.” (Romans 7:7)

Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience. (1 John 3:4)

The Law Blesses Us When We obey

Look! I’m about to grant you a blessing and a curse–a blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I’m giving you today, (Deuteronomy 11:26-27)

Hallelujah! How blessed is the person who fears the LORD, who truly delights in his commandments. (Psalms 112:1)

How blessed are those whose life is blameless, who walk in the Law of the LORD! How blessed are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with all of their heart, (Psalms 119:1-2)

How blessed are all who fear the LORD as they follow in his ways. (Psalms 128:1)

“So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me. (Proverbs 8:32)

Blessed is the one who does this, and the person that holds it fast, who observes the Sabbath without profaning it, and restrains his hands from practicing any evil. (Isaiah 56:2)

“How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because it is they who will be satisfied! (Matthew 5:6)

“How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness‘ sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them! (Matthew 5:10)

But he said, “Rather, how blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey it!” (Luke 11:28)

But the one who looks at the perfect law of freedom (Psalm 119:44-45) and remains committed to it–thereby demonstrating that he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of what that law requires–will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)

But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. “Never be afraid of their threats, and never get upset. (1 Peter 3:14)

“How blessed are those who wash their robes (other versions-keep their commandments) so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city! (Revelation 22:14)

The Law Curses When We Disobey

or a curse if you don’t obey the commands of the LORD your God, by turning from the way that I’m commanding you today and following other gods whom you have not known.” (Deuteronomy 11:28)

“The LORD will send the curse among you, will confuse you, and will rebuke you in everything you undertake until you are destroyed and perish quickly because of your evil deeds, since you will have forsaken him. (Deuteronomy 28:20)

All these curses will come upon you and will overwhelm you until you are exterminated, because you didn’t obey the LORD your God to keep his commands and statutes, which he had commanded you. (Deuteronomy 28:45)

Afterwards, Joshua read all the words of the Law–both the blessings and the curses–according to everything written in the Book of the Law. (Joshua 8:34)

You rebuke the accursed ones, who wander from your commands. (Psalms 119:21)

You are to say to them, ‘This is what the LORD God of Israel says: “Cursed is the person who does not listen to the words of this covenant (Jeremiah 11:3)

Certainly all who depend on the actions of the Law are under a curse. For it is written, “A curse on everyone who does not obey everything that is written in the Book of the Law!” (Galatians 3:10)

There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him (Revelation 22:3)

The Law of God defines sin so we can avoid sin.

Because we have all sinned we are all cursed.

Faith in Christ = Faith in the Word of God (God’s Law is part of the Word)

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God. (Revelation 19:13)

The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father’s unique Son, who is full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Faith —-> Grace (No more Curse)