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Is The Law Your Mirror?

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Is it wisdom for Christians to look at themselves through the "mirror of the law" to determine if they've sinned or not? The mirror of the law reveals to many believers they've transgressed God's commandments - placing them under a curse and guilt of condemnation. This is only because these believers are convinced of the "law" as sinners; while also believing they have been justified and made righteous by Christ (Rom. 3:19). These are known as "Justified Sinners." This term is not found in scripture, neither is it taught in scripture when we seek to understand the principle of sin. It is a term coined by believers.

James 2:9
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are "convinced of the law" as transgressors (sinners).

1 John 3:4
Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Under the Mosaic Covenant the law was added because of transgressions, that the people might realize the errors of their ways and turn from them. The law was a "School Master" to "bring man unto" Jesus Christ, that they may be "justified by faith" (Gal. 3:23-25). For a believer who believes they sin, doesn't this mind keep them under the Mosaic Law which justified or condemned a man for their works?

Romans 3:19
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are "under" the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become "guilty" before God.

Should believers see themselves in the light of the law, understanding that Jesus Christ is now their justifier? Should the believer be convinced by the law of their guilt through their transgressions? Sin "is" the transgression of the law, but only if the person "is not" justified by Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:24; Gal. 5:4). Is the believer under the law of "sin and death;" if they follow the commandments of the law which instructs them of their righteousness or unrighteous works in character? According to scripture Jesus (God who was in Christ) has taken the roll of the justifier; and the one who condemns (Rom. 8:33, 34).

Yes... a person is not aware of sin but by the law. Paul teaches - he understood sin by the law (Rom. 7:7). What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

The law shows itself to be good, as a mirror, keeping a man aware of their shortcomings. The law gives man the knowledge to understand their need to repent and turn away from their actions of wrong doings; revealed to them by the law. Unless the law had been given, a man would not understand what it means to please or displease God in their carnal minds by their actions (1Cor. 2:14).

The bottom line is - should a believer understand themselves to be sinners by the law, or should they understand themselves to be righteous by Christ? Or is it possible to be scripturally both? The "Righteous Sinner?
 

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