You are helping to make my point. Have you reached the point where you realize that man is a hopeless sinner because the law has killed him-condemned him.Added note: The 'eye for an eye' of the OT was not taken literally and restitution was made - not vengence. Do you think Jesus was teaching literal eye or hand be cut off - or was He addressing the importance of not sinning in a comparative way, telling us how serious sin is?
Care to find fault with that too?:-)
I find it interesting that when the law was given to Moses 3000 people died that day. On the day the spirit was given 3000 people were saved.
"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life".
"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead where in we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter".
Jesus made this possible by fulfilling the righteous demands of the law, that we might live a new life through the spirit, having been set free from the condemnation of the law.
You are probably thinking "the letter" refers to someone not using the law properly. But, the law was given to bring us to Christ, not to make us righteous by our keeping it. Why, because all of us have broken the commandments/sinned- thus we all became separated from God. The law did that to reveal the righteousness of God and that we were lost-outside the realm of redemption until Christ paid our sin debt on the cross.
This is why the great men of God were reckoned as righteous until Jesus paid their penalty for their sin. God's original plan of grace has not failed.
Having said all of that the law still stands as our guide for righteous living but it no longer condemns those who are in Christ.