Out of the Reformational tradition we encounter the idea of the Three Uses of the Law. They are:
1. Civil - The Law is given to restrain sin in community and society, Christian and otherwise.
2. Didactic - The Law tells us what to do. (The imperatives.)
3. Pedagogical - The Law reveals and rebukes our sin as we see the high standard and our inability to measure up to it.
But if Christ is the end of the Law of righteousness (Rom. 10:4), perhaps there is a fourth "use" as well:
4. Reflective - The Law reveals a glimpse of the perfect righteousness of Christ.
As we stagger under the lengthy, weighty mass of Scriptural imperatives, breathlessly gasping our own depravity, let us also find the answer to the question "How perfect is Jesus' righteousness imputed to us?" with "This perfect." (And more perfect still.)