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, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8: 3, 4

 

There was nothing wrong with the law as God gave it to us. It was and it still is the word of God that He granted to us in order to provide people with clear and certain guidance in the way that we were to think, act, and order our lives. The problem and the challenge that comes with the law spring out of our sinful natures. People tend to go in two primary directions when it comes to adherence to these rules of life, we either dig in, muscle through and work harder while demanding that others live or die based upon the quantity, quality, and the intensity of their own efforts, or we blow it all off as foolishness and a sure sign that there is no God for any true and real god would not be so narrow and harsh.

 

The true, real, and sovereign God anticipated all of this. He stated from the beginning of the human need for a rule and a code of conduct to follow that He would provide a way and a means for people to actually succeed in living righteously in the eyes of our Lord. So, in Jesus we are granted the answer to the impossibility of the law, and through Christ that seeming distance between God and us is also reduced to nothing. For followers of Christ God is not only with us but He is present within us in the person of the Spirit of Christ who dwells within in that mystical union of spirit with our flesh that is at the center of God’s transformative work in the lives of His people.

 

It is the presence and the work of the Spirit that makes all of the difference in the conduct of life. The Spirit speaks to our hearts and our minds at a deep level where the processes of thought and response are formed. His work reshapes us, and His presence redirects us from the path that was natural to us from birth into one that is directed by the will of God. It is the Spirit within that makes living in accordance with the law a reality for God’s people. In Christ we are no longer bound to an impossible set of rules; instead, we are free to live as God intended for us to live as we are being conformed by the work of the Spirit into the image of our Creator.

 

 

 

 

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