FOR WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO, IN THAT IT WAS WEAK THROUGH THE FLESH, GOD SENDING HIS OWN SON, IN THE LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH, AND FOR SIN: CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH.
CHARLES e. WHISNANT PASTOR-TEACHER
NOVEMBER 26, 2011
ROMANS CHAPTER EIGHT VERSE EIGHT
HOW GOD CONDEMNED SIN
Men since the Fall of Adam have had two problems they may wish to be able to work out: One: That he should be directed to know how to hate the sin into which he has fallen and then secondly: To love the purity and holiness from which he has become separated or is at odds with.
And in both cases both must be removed. Both are major disabilities that must be removed. And from God’s point of view both purposes of Divine mercy must be accomplished together.
Both must be equally and simultaneously realized before mankind could really be happy. In other words if his sins were forgiven, and yet he still loved sin, that would not be good at all. If he could quit sinning and yet he still felt guilty of it that would also make him miserable rather than happy.
So then by what process can the two requirements be met or both disabilities be achieved? That is: How can a man be both JUSTIFIED and SANCTIFIED.
That is how can man obtain approval from his guilt in the sight of God, and then be made holy, and ready in the present of God?
One might say or even suggest that mankind could be given a LAW which if he could keep then he could be justified.
Well God gave the PERFECT LAW. This law of God came from God Himself, herefore was perfect in every detail. As we are going to see, the there was nothing wrong with the Law, but the problem was in the flesh of mankind. They could not keep the law. The flesh, the very person of who we are, has a tendency to sin, that is do just the opposite of what the Law says we are to do.
Well the purpose of the Law was never design by God to forgive sin or make man feel good about himself.
What the Law said, “The soul that sins, it shall die” It can execute the sentence, but it can do no more. The Law then must do exactly what the penalty is: Death to those who break it.
Well if some would argue, the Law could made mankind to love holiness? I mean if you experience and observe the goodness of the Law maybe you would learn to love it. NO. But what happens even if you know it is SIN, and you have knowledge that it is sin, what happens, You love it more.
If you had lived in the city all your life, and in all that time you had every been on the other side of the flood walls of Portsmouth Ohio. It even occurred to you to go on the other side of the flood walls. Well the City passed a law that said, “Do one can go on the other side of the flood walls.” Until the law was passed, you had been perfectly happy and at easy not to go on the other side. But as soon as you read in the Portsmouth times, this new law, and it was forbidden to do it, All of a sudden you became ill and hated the restriction.
If a man sees a LAW the first thing he wants to do is break it. Our nature (who we really are on the inside) is so bad that when you are told not to do something that is the very thing you really want to do.
Whereas the LAW was set forth for the right reason and for the safety of the people and the Law was good. And the Laws of God was set forth for our good and holiness and was telling him what was right and wrong. And all the wisdom and counsel of God Himself was given.
There was only one problem, man need to be given a heart to choose the right and a heart to love the true. Unless he has a heart to want to obey the law, he want.
Have you notices that man is rather obstinate, and quite rebellious in his attitude toward the very Law that is meant for his happiness and holiness
Have you notices that in general man either defy God as being God, or they just flat out want to deny the very existence of God in the first place.
And in spite of all he hears about God’s Word, he set himself more deeply in his rebellion. And in fact he takes pleasure in those very things he has been told would bring about his destruction.
This week a man in WV was driving on the back roads, and he swerved into the other lane, and hit a car head on, and killed the people in the car, and kill his daughter as well. He was driving on a suspended lisceon for drunk driving, but he was still driving. He wasn’t going to let an law tell him not to drive, nor to drink and drive. He had a weak flesh level to do right.
Over the years there was a time I believe if I preached hard enough on SIN. Preach on morality that there would be less done in the church. But what I found out, the more I preached on morality it seemed to lead to immorality.
I have found that the very things I taught you should not do are the very things they do.
Something more is needed than just telling someone that they could not do those things that are going to hurt him. There is something more that need to happen that is going to change the heart and move him to spring into action to do what is good.
SO IF MAN WAS NOT GOING TO KEEP THE PERFECT LAW OF GOD, NOR COULD HE BECAUSE HE HAD A WEAK, EVIL, BAD NATURE, AND JUST WAS MORE REBELIOUS AND OBSTINATED
SO PLEASE TELL ME WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO DO THAT HE LAW COULD NOT DO?
How was God going to intervene by His grace what His Law could not do. Note again Romans 8:3
- “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.”Romans 8:3.
So I want to look at the law, and the weakness of the flesh and then I want you to see two other things:So there are two things here then.
First, what God did? He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh for sin:
Secondly, then, what was the immediate result of this? – He condemned sin in the flesh.
Then I will try to point out how this bears upon the two desirable things I have set forth. That is the forgiving of the lawbreaker and the making the wrongdoer desire after holiness and purity.
I would say, that you would love to know how God can get your husband, son or daughter, or close friend to change their attitude toward the Law of God.