Is it possible for sinful humans to obey God’s perfect law?

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Many believe that only Christ could have obeyed that law and only because He was God and had special powers that have not been made available to us. But the good news is that Jesus made His victory ours “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, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:3, 4).

Jesus came to condemn sin by His perfect life in the flesh in order that “the righteousness of the law” might be fulfilled in us. What is that righteousness? The Greek word “dikaima” used here means, literally, “the just requirement” of the law. Christ won His perfect victory in order to make the same victory available to us.

Paul declared triumphantly, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). Only by God’s strength and indwelling power can the requirements of the law be fulfilled by anyone. No one can ever keep the Ten Commandments in human power alone, but all of them may be kept through the enabling strength of Jesus (John 15:5).

Hence, Jesus imputes His righteousness for cleansing and imparts His righteousness for victorious living. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). The objective of the grace of God is to show that the restoration of man to favor with God and to his original condition of perfection and freedom from all the effects of sin, is brought about by the mighty power of God working through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:25). For this, the redeemed will praise and give glory to God for their triumph over the power of the adversary throughout eternity (Rev. 5:11–13; 15:3, 4; 19:5, 6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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