“That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).
Fallen man is unable to obey the requirements of the law, which has no power to strengthen him to obey. But God sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to give man the grace and power to fully obey the holy law (Philippians 2:13). Christ’s life and sacrifice has made it possible for man to obey (Philippians 4:13). The purpose of the plan of salvation is to bring man’s life into harmony with the divine will (Ephesians 4:24).
Paul wrote, “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law“ (Romans 3:31). This verse clearly indicates the continuing place and authority of the law of God in the gospel and the plan of salvation. God did not give His Son in order to change or abolish His law, or to release men from the necessity of perfect obedience. The law has always stood as an expression of the unchangeable will and character of God (Matthew 5:17,18).
The Bible consistently speaks of entire transformation, perfect obedience. “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect“ (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:12, 13; Colossians 1:28; 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 6:1; 13:21). God requires perfection of His children, and the perfect life of Christ in His humanity is God’s assurance to us that by His power we too may reach for perfection through His enabling grace.
As for the phrase “you are not under the Law,” Paul clarifies his words in saying, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not” (Romans 6:14,15). “Not under the Law” simply means that the Christian who accepted Christ is not condemned by the Law. This does not mean that man is free from the obligation to obey it. But rather that the grace of God is fully sufficient to enable all Christians to be “more than conquerors through Him“ over sin (Romans 8:37).
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