Paul presents the purpose of the law in this brief paragraph. “The law is good if one uses it lawfully. The law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient.” What effect will the law have on the lawless and disobedient. It should convict them and show them where they fall short. It should produce a sense of guilt and apartness from God. It should drive them to “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” – what is this gospel? That the lawless and disobedient can be freed from the law, they can stand in justice apart from the law, they can be enabled and empowered to do the law to His glory.
I pray that God will use the law to show the lost where they fall short. I pray He would use us to share with the lost how far apart from God they are. I pray He would use His Word and Spirit and church to gather in new believers and members of His family.