Updated: Jul 8, 2020
In today's message, we're going to look at 12 reasons why the law is good. Our jumping off point is Romans 8:4:
In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Most of today's message will be the Scriptural foundations for why the law is a good thing. There will be some brief explanations thrown in, but for the most part, in today's message, we'll let the Bible speak for itself.
Several years ago, as the song "In Christ Alone" rose in popularity, there was some pushback against it because of the line "Till on that cross as Jesus died/The wrath of God was satisfied." Some denominations excluded it from new hymnals, while others wanted to change that line. People of a certain theological/Biblical persuasion rejected the notion of God's wrath being poured out on Jesus on the cross.
As we're going to see, this is a big deal. As we've seen in Romans 8, Jesus
Christ fulfilled the law for us when he obeyed it perfectly and died as the perfect sacrifice on our behalf. In him, we are perfected with his perfection and in him we are pardoned by his blood.
That much is true. It is foundational theology. But it doesn't quite capture the fullness of verse 4.
Verse 4 says the aim of the cross is "in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us." Notice what it does and doesn't say. It doesn't say that the law is to be fulfilled for us. It is fulfilled in us. And how is it fulfilled in us? "Fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Paul is focused on our walking.