Romans 8:3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh
We misunderstand the Law handed down by God if we think it’s our job to keep it fully in order to be on the Lord’s good side. I’m not talking about earning salvation, most Christians would agree that we are saved by grace through faith alone and that our good works don’t get us there. But what happens after that? Something seems to change inside of us that makes us think we can now earn God’s favor by obedience to His Law even after we’ve been saved.
Just as we couldn’t keep the whole Law before we were in Christ, we still can’t keep the whole Law after we’ve been saved. We’ve been freed from sin and empowered to obey, but we’ll still never make it to the perfection the Law requires. We’re still human.
So, if we can’t keep the Law, what purpose does it serve Christians? If it doesn’t earn us salvation and it doesn’t perfect us in sanctification, what is it good for?
The Law does serve a purpose in showing us our sin. It shows us our need for Jesus. This is true on both sides of salvation as it shows us our need for a Savior before when we are lost and then shows us our continual need for the power of the Holy Spirit working in us as we walk in our faith. God knew we would never live up to the Law. It’s why He sent His Son to fulfill the Law that we might be freed from it’s bondage. Now it serves as a reminder that we need Him every single day.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last! The work of Jesus Christ on the cross accomplished what you and I could never achieved for ourselves. Under the Law, we could never reach the expectations of a holy God who requires perfection. The Law is restrictive, Christ is freeing.
Though we had the Law, in being unable to keep it we earned death. Because of our sinful nature, into which we were born, we never stood a chance at anything other than bondage and suffering. But in His love, God made a way for us to know freedom and life. In freeing us from the bondage of the Law, Jesus gave us true life and true freedom.
There is no reason to keep living as though we’re under the restraints of the Law. This is not license to sin, but rather freedom to obey God. True freedom is a life submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ, and in this freedom there is life, peace, joy, and real fellowship with God. This abundant life is bought and paid for by Christ, our Redeemer, Savior, and friend.
I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Many and varied are the ways that man tries to get closer to God. New religions spring up all the time, each seeking to find the right way to become whole. Hundreds of self-help books are shelved at each book store, none quite adequately fulfilling our quest. None quite bringing us into that place where we stand in right relationship with our Creator.
It’s sad that we spend so much time searching when the answer our souls seek has already been given. We don’t attain enlightenment by searching within ourselves. We don’t achieve entrance into heaven through doing enough good deeds. There is one way to God and He is Christ Jesus. He is our Savior, our King, our friend. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36) and not one thing was created that was not created by Him (John 1:3). He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and only He qualifies to mediate between God and man (John 14:6).We can try to fix ourselves, try to gain knowledge, or try to work our way to righteousness, but in the end it’s all in vain. Only Christ can save us. Only He can set us free (John 8:32).