Romans 8:4 The Christian to the Law
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor-Teacher-Learner
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church
January 01 2011 #102 Romans 8:4
1A Proposal #1
Fulfilling the requirement of the law: refers to a life of real love for people.
Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:13-18, Matthew 7:12, Matthew 22:37-40
2A Proposal #2
Our fulfilling the law of love is not the grounds of our justification. It’s the fruit and evidence of being justified by faith.
Romans 3:24-25, 5:19; 8:3. 2 Corinthians 5:21
3A Proposal # 3
The loving of others is not due to our own strength but by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22, 5:13-16,
4A Proposal #4
Loving others through the Spirit by faith, i.e. by being satisfied with all that God is for us.
Galatians 3:5, 6, I Timothy 1:5
5A Proposal # 5
This loving others through the Spirit by faith is not a perfect love in this life.
Romans 7:15, 19, 23-25, Philippians 3:12
6A Proposal #6
By fulfilling this law we will become perfect when we die or at the Rapture of the Saints.
Romans 8:30; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:22-23
7A While I will one day become perfected in love, we will not in our totality ever be a perfect one, because of our sinfulness. I will always need forgiveness and in need of an imputed righteousness from Christ.
8A The real direction of my life will be to live the law of love.
2 Corinthians 8:1-2,8
9A This law is the law of liberty or the law of Christ.
Romans 8:2; 2 Corinthians 3:17: James 1:25; 2:10-12; Galatians 5:1; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
10A The O.T. law is a set of commandments, instruction of God to us.
Galatians 3:21; 3:21-25
11A Understanding the law in its total its aim is that Jesus Christ get the glory as the one who provides the only ground for our imputed righteousness through faith.
Romans 5:19; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9
12A So how can my imperfect obedience and love fulfill the perfect law of God?
(John Piper gives this idea that I have taken today.)