ANSWER: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.
In Galations 3:24, Paul explains to the recipients of his letter that the law was their guardian or tutor until Jesus Christ came. What does Paul mean when he describes the law in this way? (See also The Message translation of this verse, which is helpful for giving a fuller sense of what a guardian/tutor did in Paul's time.)
The commentary for this week's question, which comes from John Stott's The Message of Galatians, says:
The purpose of the law was…to lift the lid off man's respectability and disclose what he is really like underneath—sinful, rebellious, guilty, under the judgment of God, and helpless to save himself. And the law must still be allowed to do its God-given duty today. One of the great faults of the contemporary church is the tendency to soft-pedal sin and judgment….
Do you agree with this assessment of the church today? Why or why not? If you agree, how do you think the church could best curb its tendency to soft-pedal sin and judgment?
As you have studied the catechism questions on God's law (questions seven through fifteen), what have you learned about sin, obedience, and grace?