Unlimited: The Righteous Requirement of the Law
Dec 20, 2022 147
in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us (Romans 8:4a).
We all want to be able to present ourselves before God having fully met the righteous requirement of the law. To do this would mean that we have would be fully accepted by God, with no barrier between us, and that we possess eternal life. Everlasting love, peace and joy would be ours.
This verse tells us unequivocally the only way in which this happens for every child of God who trusts in him.
Because God sent his own son in humanity to be a sin-offering for us, the righteous requirement of the law is able to be fully met in us.
As Paul has been affirming with the strongest arguments, it is impossible for us to achieve a saving righteousness through the works of the law, or to put it more simply, through any effort or performance on our part.
However, the righteous requirements of the law are able to be fully met in us. How? The previous verse says that they are met in us because God sent his own son in humanity to be a sin-offering for us (v.3.) The righteousness of the law cannot be fulfilled in us through our faithfulness, our obedience, our dedication to the cause of Christ, or through our good deeds. It is only through the death of the Son of God, who bore our sin in order to credit his perfect righteousness to our account. To believe and accept this is to stand perfect before God.
Are you perfect before God right now? Will you be perfect before God during all of today? What about this week? You will know this as a reality if you have understood the Gospel.