Jesus said he didn’t come to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them. Could it be that Jesus (God in the flesh) came here to fulfill his own law?
Paul shows us in Romans 7 that “the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” So it isn’t the Law that is our problem it is sin. Sin is what is making it impossible for us to be pleasing to God through his Law. The Law was meant to bring out the sin in us not remove it from us. There has never been a Law that could bring us life. Before we are born again we are dead in our trespasses and sins, so us being “good” is not our primary need is it? Being brought to life is our most pressing need and that only comes through Jesus Christ himself.
The matter of us being righteous is accomplished through Jesus Christ taking up residence within us, the believer. “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.” God himself, from within us, is the law keeper. God knew all along we couldn’t keep his law, but without us giving it a good try we were never going to come to that conclusion on our own. We needed to try and keep God’s law in order for us to be sufficiently worn down and sick of our own efforts before we would look to him.
Anything that is left in us that thinks we can be “Good enough” has to be exposed. God loves us so much he isn’t going to let us live our lives without plenty of chances to fail. It isn’t so much that he wants us to fail, but if we don’t try and fail in our own strength enough we will never fully be convinced of our inability. So in his infinite wisdom he lets us. He is patient and knows what it’s going to take for each of us to come to our senses. What a wonderfully wise and patient God we have. He waits for us to come to the end of our self-sufficient efforts and joyfully receives us when we cry out to him to save us. Not only does he save us he keeps us. We, independent of God, are not expected to be able to keep his law. We were designed to house or contain the one and only righteous one, Christ himself. Christ himself is fulfilling the Law of God from within us. We learn to say with the Apostle Paul “it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me!”
Written by Louie