The Law Reveals Sin
If I measure a crooked wall with a perfect plumb line, it reveals the crookedness of the wall, but does not remove it.
If I take out a bright light on a dark night, it reveals to me all the pitfalls and hindrances, but it does not remove them.
Now the plumb line and the lamp do not create the evils which they point out. They neither create nor remove, but simply reveal.
So it is with the law. It does not create the evil in man’s heart; neither does it remove it. But with unerring accuracy, it reveals it.
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Let it not be! 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.”
By Scott Richardson