The purpose of God’s commands is to save all men and conform to the likeness and His Son.  Consider this acrostic recorded in Psalms:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrostic

 You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes! Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments. (Psalms 119:4-6 NASB)
Just listen to the struggles of the writer of Psalms 119:
My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word. Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments. (Psalms 119:25, 28, 67, 71, 107, 153, 176 NASB)
He cries out with requests for strengthening, deliverance, preservation according to the word of God. He has never read Romans 8 because he was living under the law.  Under the oppression of the law he still looks to the word of God for strength, and it has saved his life.
God sent his Son to provide the salvation, deliverance, and preservation to sinners like us.  In the commands of God we have to hear His nature and power for us.  Remember the cross of Jesus Christ, through Him we have victory over the world.

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