How to Keep the Law according to the New Testament
Hello Fellow Lovers of Jesus!
This morning (though I realize that it’s 10pm at night lol) I really enjoyed musing over Romans 8:4 “That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.”
There is so much to say about this verse, but what I appreciated from reading it and praying over it is realizing that the law is just a testimony of God Himself. Everything that a person may write or say automatically conveys who that person is in their being. Thus, what a person speaks or writes about themselves is very much related to who they are. With this in view, the law is just a testimony of all that God is in His person. As we all know, God is perfect in every way, but we are His creatures that were created in His image (Genesis 1:26) but were damaged by Adam’s eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This means that if we want to keep the law, the only way is if God Himself, from within us, keeps the law for us.
We’ve all experienced trying to keep the law in ourselves right? Let’s be honest, when you try, you fail. This is exactly what the apostle Paul discovered in Romans chapter 7; that no matter how much he tried not to covet, he found that this sinful flesh worked out coveting of every kind. However, this is not my main point. What I say this morning was that to keep the law is very much related to allowing Christ, who is the living testimony of God (John 14:9) and who is now indwelling us (Colossians 3:4), to be lived out of us. So, whenever we come to the law, or even to the Bible itself, we must come seeking Christ, who is embodied in the Word.
What I’ve found is that if I come to the Bible not seeking just doctrinal knowledge (John 5:39), but rather seeking a sweet and intimate time with my King in His Word, I get life itself. This life then enables me to walk according to the spirit, which produces a living that spontaneously fulfills the law. Why? Simply because Christ Himself is the reality of the law, and apart from coming to Him, beholding Him, and loving Him, there’s no way that the law can be fulfilled in us. Hallelujah for such an enjoyable way to express God!
Grace be with you from Christians on Campus at UC Berkeley!