Romans 8:1-3 – Bound By Law

Romans 8:1-3
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Romans 10:4
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

-The Bible teaches time and again that all of humanity is guilty of breaking God’s law (Romans 5:12-14), and yet, as we see here in Romans 8 and 10, the Bible is the story of God forgiving man’s transgression.  Jesus taught, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18) How then can God let lawbreakers go free and still be just?  The Bible tells us that “He made [Jesus] 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)  Jesus didn’t die on a cross simply to set an example of selflessness and humility.  He maintained His sinless perfection all the way to the cross (Hebrews 4:15), suffered God’s judgment for our iniquity (Isaiah 53:6) and in the process, justified all that would have faith in Him (Isaiah 53:11).  Jesus can pardon sin because Jesus is not bound by how well we can keep the law, but only by how well He can keep the law.


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