The accuser is an astute legal prosecutor who will not hesitate to use the Ten Commandments to condemn you. That’s why the Word of God declares that the Ten Commandments are not just “the ministry of death”, they are also “the ministry of condemnation”.
Remember, there is nothing unholy about the Ten Commandments. They are holy, just and good, but they have no power to make you holy, just and good. The law is an unbending and inflexible standard. It cannot compromise. When you fail, it cannot show you grace.
If it does, then it is no longer the law! That’s why Apostle Paul said that “the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me”. Notice that sin “by the commandment” deceived him and killed him.
What that means is that when Paul came under the old covenant of law, he too came under the ministry of death and condemnation. The law always ministers condemnation. If you are under the law, every time you fail and fall short of God’s standards, you will be condemned.
Grace, on the other hand, always ministers righteousness. That’s why it is called the ministry of righteousness, which exceeds the ministry of condemnation in glory by much more. 2 Corinthians 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
When you are under grace, even when you fail and fall short of God’s standards, God still sees you as righteous because of Jesus Christ. God did not give the law for man to be made right through his own obedience.
He gave the law so that man would have knowledge of sin. Without the law, sin was dead. Paul described it most aptly when he said, “I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’
But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.” The law always ministers condemnation. Grace, on the other hand, always ministers righteousness.