Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. - Romans 3:31
CONTEXT: In the previous chapter Paul speaks on the judgment that all men will face for their sins. He notes that God is an impartial Judge and that the Jewish nation is under the Law of God. Here in Chapter 3, Paul continues that subject defining it clearly. Matthew Henry breaks it down like this: Objections answered. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. (9-18) Both Jews and Gentiles cannot be justified by their own deeds. (19,20) It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away. (21-31)
It has been a while since I last wrote on this, but some folks still are of the thought that they are only “New Testament Christians.” They imply that the Law of God in no way applies to them. If you want to get in a discussion (friendly) with them ask them to explain Romans 2:12-13 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. (ESV)
Of course, we know that CONTEXT is everything, including this and their misassumption that the Law of God does not apply today. While I hope we can all agree that no one is justified under the Law, it is only by Grace.
Yet as Paul so rightly wrote in our main text, does that mean the Law is null and void? Certainly not, the NLT renders v.31 as follows: Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. In other words, our outward Faith (the living out of the Law) should be pointing out our sins and the need for Salvation.
I may be a “New Testament Christian” by way of Christ’s covenant blood, but following Christ, as my example, I should strive to fulfill the Law daily not do away with it!