“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4 NASB)
The Law could never accomplish the job of making us righteous because our flesh is unable to perform up to its perfect standard. In other words, there is absolutely no way for us to please God by way of Law keeping. But fulfilling this law is still necessary. How will it ever happen?
God, being the awesome, wise and loving God he is provided a solution. He never relaxes his demands of perfection and yet he finds a way. He sends his very own son here in the “likeness” of sinful flesh to take on the full wrath and penalty for sin. The Bible tells us, “He (God) made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB) Jesus, the sinless son of God became “Sin” for us. This is expounding a little bit on what Romans is telling us “He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us.” Jesus took “Sin” into his very own human body on the cross, died and was buried therefore condemning sin. He nullified “Sin” for us that now walk after the Spirit.
“The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NASB) Jesus took our wages and gave us the free gift.
I never get tired of hearing this, writing about this or telling others. The plan of God to do everything for us that he requires of us is astounding. He is a perfect and holy God that rightfully requires perfect holiness from us. Even though he knows we have absolutely no way of fulfilling these requirements he fulfills them for us. Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17 NASB) Fulfill them he did, and he is yet fulfilling them only now it is from within you and I. As we walk in his Spirit he fulfills his righteous, holy commands in and through us. Wow! So our biggest challenge is to learn how to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Paul told us “I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16 NASB) It seems to me all the commands we see in the New Testament are actually commands for the “Christ in me” if we have the eyes to see it. God has given us his Son for what the law could not do.
Written by Louie