1. Under the Law you sin more. The issue with the law is that though it was good, it was not perfect for the plight of man so it could not make any man perfect. Remember scriptures speaks of every good and perfect gift comes down from our father James1:17. Notice there are two types of gifts mentioned here: a) The good Gift b) The Perfect Gift.
We need to understand certain truths, by which to view scriptures and it is by this understanding that we would be able to directly know and access the heart of the father. Haven said that, let us examine a good gift. A good gift is something good given to another voluntarily, without effort. The given item could just be a nice shirt that has everything about, the way it should be. The collar sits well, the sleeves sits well in the arm-hole, the material used is of top quality but it is just not your size and the color is exactly not what you would have wanted. That is were the term ‘perfect fit’ came from, meaning a dress or item that first perfectly to a person or place. We have all at one time or the other in our life’s experienced this, where there was no arguing about the quality of a particular product or gift offered(or given) to us. No doubt, it was good, beautiful and lovely, but it just wasn’t perfect for us, so we barely took it and when we had it, it was not of much use to us; we would rather risk repeating a particular shirt or repeatedly use our perfect item than wear and use that good item in our rack. That is a good gift, it is of good quality but not perfect for us and many of us have such gifts and items in our home and life’s.
Paul explained it this way in Rom7:12 when he said “wherefore the law is holy and the commandments holy, and just and good.” Speaking of the qualities of the law. But in vs.9 of the same chapter He said “I was alive without the law once; but when the commandments came, sin revived and I died. Understand that Paul was in the Spirit as his life unveiled before Him by the revelation if the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was revealing to him the dynamics of the law in his(Paul’s) life; so this was not Paul speaking but Paul reporting what He was seeing in the Spirit. This was what he discovered, that at the instance of the law, sin revived in him, meaning rather than a godly revival unto God, he was awake rather unto sin. This we see in vs13-24, therefore though the law is good, holy and just, it was deficient of making us good, holy and just because of the sin nature in man which wrestled always against the law vs 19-23. So God himself, finding fault with the law Heb8:7-13, because of it’s inability to make anything perfect Heb.7:18-19, abolished it Eph2:15 and gave us a perfect law based on a perfect covenant of Grace. Now a perfect gift is that which suits the recipient perfectly. It needs no adjustments, it needs no accessory for enhancement or effectiveness; nothing more needs to be added to it, it is just perfect in itself. This is what Grace is and what God expects it to achieve in our life’s, Rom8:3-4 that it should destroy the sin nature in us completely by the law of faith Rom9:30-32 and revive us unto God completely. I have good news for you, Grace is the only true source and sustainer of any revival. Where there is no Grace, sin is revived and death is the end result Rom7 and 8:2b. In writing this, I remember many churches that exalt the old law and interpret scriptures after the the pattern and perspective of the old law. There congregations are always a wreck, mostly full of sin and unable to break free from their addictions but in Christian circles were Grace is King as Jesus (not the law) is allowed to be Lord, sin addicts become righteousness addicts like Paul, haters become lovers like Zacheus and lovers become dedicated followers like Andrew, Peter, John and others. The message here is that without Grace, you cannot stop sinning.
2. The Law Stifles the Spirit-because you are not free to follow the flow of the Holy Spirit thus, cloginess of mind is the result which draws back from God and stagnates spiritual growth. Scripture says where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2Cor. 3:17. We ought to enjoy liberty of Spirit as Christians but the law breaths down on it’s followers, thus preventing the free flow of the Holy Spirit Gal. 5:18
3. Stagnation of Revelation- because the law shrouds Jesus rather than reveal Jesus. It limits your revelation, understanding and in turn access to the finished manifestations of Grace in your life Heb.10:1, 2Cor. 3:13-16. The law is shielding and limiting to the heart of man with a veil and until a person comes under Christ Jesus and His anointing, He is limited from seeing the truth. For Grace is a mystery revealed by the anointing of Christ Jesus (if we allow) in us Eph.2:4-6 & 3:3-4
4. Burning out- The Law and its approach sets you always on the run rather than rest thus it burns you out Heb. 10:11-12. The nature of the law is such that it requires constant sacrificing, toiling and working thus the priest and the people always stood continuously. Remember, that the Passover was eaten on the feet(while standing) in the Old Testament Exo.12:11, but in the New Testament Jesus served the Passover bread and wine to the disciples while sitting down; He Himself sitting down Mark14:14 & 22-24, thus signifying rest. He now being our Passover 1Cor.5:7 and high priest sitting down at the right hand of the father Heb.10:41-14 (and we in Him) has signified our rest, rest, rest forever as against the law which toils in works, works and more works, thereby burning out the doers of it Rom10:5, Gal.3:10 and Heb.7:19.
5. Death- The law brings about death of self as it was made to bring us to an end of our selves. Paul, speaking in Rom.7:9-14 said when the law came, sin revived in him and he died, because sin took advantage of the law and killed him. Notice that at the instance of the law given in the wilderness, 3000 Israelites died Exodus 32 (esp. vs.28) but when Grace landed after the Holy Spirit had come on the disciples, 3000 persons got saved as Grace was poured out Acts2 (esp. vs.41). This is no coincidence but a revelation of God about the sharp contrast between the workings of the Law and Grace Rom.8:2. We see Hezekiah operating Grace as he prayed for the people who did eat the Passover (in his time), without being cleansed (for they were many). God answered his prayers and the people were healed compared to other times it was kept lawfully by other kings and in the wilderness days of the Israelite 2Chron.30 (esp. vs.18).
This is not to despise the fulfilling of God’s word and instruction to us as New Testament saints but to reveal the weakness of the law that even in times when we sincerely miss it and fall short, it goes all out to condemn and kill us but Grace always seeks a way to restore us back to our place in God through Christ Jesus 1Jhn1:9 and give us ‘Dominion’over that sin from then on because sin is not permitted to dominate us when we are under Grace Rom. 6:14.