Today’s Verse, Romans 8:3

Thursday, December 28, 2017

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh…

Romans 8:3

Reflections on Today’s Verse

The law of God can do many things: 1. It can show us how holy God is (Romans 7:12). 2. It can show us how sinful we are (Romans 3:20). 3. It can show us how guilty we are (Romans 3:19). 4. It can show us how condemned we are (Romans 4:15).

However, there is one thing the law cannot do—make us righteous in the sight of God (Galatians 2:16). A sinful human cannot be righteous by keeping the law. This is not because the law is bad; this is because we are sinful. The law is a perfect, holy standard, and we cannot keep a perfect standard because we are not perfect. Therefore, none of us can ever be made righteous by keeping the law.

That is exactly what Paul means when he writes in Romans 8:3 that “the Law … was weak as it was through the flesh.” Sinful man and sinful woman cannot keep the Holy Law of God because he is sinful and fleshly.

Verse 3 informs us that God sent His own Son to get us out of our dilemma. He left His majestic glory of heaven and came here “in the likeness of sinful flesh.” This critical statement indicates two very important theological realities: Jesus Christ was really human and Jesus Christ was totally sinless.

That is precisely what was needed to beat the Law—a sinless One who could keep it all. Now we may carefully observe that He came as an offering or sacrifice for sin. Not His sin, but for our sin, which the Law clearly reveals.

Jesus met all of the law’s requirements so that in your failure to do so you would have hope. Hallelujah! Jesus silenced the law’s demands and fulfilled the prophet’s dreams. One voice will be louder than the other today. Law:”I condemn you.” Jesus: “I cherish you.” Listen up, literally.

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Today’s Prayer

Father, The law fulfilled, judgment exhausted, a defeated devil, heavenly citizenship, perpetual advocacy. Thank you, Lord! When Mary and Joseph followed the law, they had no idea that your Son would save them from the law. How often we forget these truths, Lord! Never let the Gospel truth get boring or irrelevant in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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