Sunday, November 1, 2009

73) Believers belong to Christ

Romans 7:4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Through the death of Christ, Jewish believers, who once were under the law, died to the law. They were once obligated to the demands of the law, but now they belong to another who has been raised from the dead. Through faith in Jesus Christ, those under law have suffered the curse of the law and paid their debt through the body of Christ on the cross. The blessings promised by the law have been secured by Jesus Christ’s perfect obedience to the law for not only Jews but also for Gentiles who believe. Having been raised from the dead in Christ, believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear fruit for God.

Focus on Christ #73


mark pierson said...

What was the purpose of the law in Christ's walk on earth? Did He have to obey it to secure our righteousness or rather did the law prove that He WAS righteous - and THAT was the righteousness that was put to our account? Your thoughts???

jazzycat said...

That is a good question. Gal. 4:4 tells us that Jesus was born of woman under law to redeem those born under law and Romans 5:19 tells us that by Jesus' obedience the many will be made righteous.

I think our redeemer had to be fully God and fully man [born of woman]. He also had to perfectly obey the law on our behalf so that we would have access [by faith] to his righteousness that he had while under law and in human form. This way he paid the penalty for our unrighteousness on the cross and provided us with his righteousness while under law.

I am not sure which of the two you mention is more correct? What do you think?

mark pierson said...

Does Romans 5:19 speak of His whole life of obedience or is it there speaking of His obedience in going to the cross?

I see it that what is imputed to our account was His "proven righteousness". I'm afraid that the centrality of the cross, the penal substitution that took place on it, tends to get lost in the other view, for it is made to share center-stage with His active obedience. At any rate the active obedience schema has very weak support from scripture, IMHO.

jazzycat said...

That is certainly a good point. I do think Jesus satisfied the Law Covenant, but as you say that only proved he was righteous. I am not set in stone on this point.