Romans 3:31 - Does Conversion Destroy The Law?

Rom.3:31; Does Conversion Destroy The Law?

Rom 3:31 (KJV)  Do we then make void the law through faith? God 
forbid: yea, we establish the law. 

Rom 3:31 (NIV)  Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not 
at all! Rather, we uphold the law. 

Rom 3:31 (EAV)  Do we then by [this] faith make the Law of no 
effect, overthrow it or make it a dead letter? Certainly not! On the: 
contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law. 

Rom 3:31 (CWB)  Does this then give us license to live without 
regard to the written law?  Can we ignore God's law because we trust in 
what He has done for us?  Certainly not!  The opposite is true.  As 
never before, we live by what is written. 

Rom 3:31 (TLB)  Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this 
mean that we no longer need obey God's laws? Just the opposite! In 
fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him. 

The law reveals to man his sins, but it provides no remedy. 
While it promises life to the obedient, it declares that death is the 
portion of the transgressor. The gospel of Christ alone can free him 
from the condemnation or the defilement of sin. He must exercise 
repentance toward God, whose law has been transgressed; and faith in 
Christ, his atoning sacrifice. Thus he obtains "remission of sins that 
are past" and becomes a partaker of the divine nature. GC467,8 

The law continually reveals mankind's need for Christ and 
reminds them of their forgiveness and perfection in him. [New Bible 

God's Law reveals my need of grace, and God's grace enables me 
to obey the Law. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

Faith works by love, and love is the principle of obedience: and 
whosoever receives salvation through faith in Christ, receives power to 
live in holy obedience to every moral precept; for such are God's 
workmanship, created anew in Christ Jesus, unto good works; (Adam Clarke 

The fact that Christ endured such sufferings to show the evil of 
violating the Law, is one of the strongest motives prompting to obedience. 
We do not easily and readily repeat what overwhelms our best 
friends in calamity; and we are brought to hate what inflicted such woes 
on the Saviour's soul. (Barnes' Notes) 

Now a man must try to be good and keep God's law, not because he 
fears God's punishment, but because he feels that he must strive to 
deserve that amazing love. He strives for goodness, not because he is 
afraid of God, but because he loves him. He knows now that sin is not 
so much breaking God's law as it is breaking God's heart, and, 
therefore, it is doubly terrible.... It is not the law of fear but the law of 
love which keeps him right... We are rid forever of the terror of God, 
but that is no reason for doing as we like. We can never again do as 
we like for we are now for ever constrained to goodness by the law 
of love; and that law is far stronger than ever the law of fear can 
be. [Barclay Commentary] 

We are not under law as a way of salvation (6:14), but we are 
always under law as a way of life. [College Press NIV Commentary] 

2 Corinthians 5:14, 15 (KJV) For the love of Christ constraineth 
us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all 
dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not 
henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose 

Galatians 5:6 (KJV) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision 
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.