Day 5 Read: Romans 8:3-4
3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 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.
Reflect: What do you learn about the law from these verses? What do you learn about yourself?
Consider: The law was powerless to conquer sin (v. 3).122 The Greek verb in the second sentence of the verse refers not only to the pronouncement of judgment but to the execution of the sentence as well.123 Law was unable to overpower the malignant dynamism of sin. Legislation is ill-equipped to conquer a vital force. The problem, however, did not lie in any inherent weakness in the law itself. Its demands were thwarted by the debilitating influence of our fallen nature. The NEB says that “our lower nature robbed it of all potency.” Law can stimulate sin; but when it comes to overcoming it, our sinful nature undermines its best efforts.5
Respond: How does this week’s study of Jesus’ willingness to take on your sin so you can be righteous in God’s eyes sit with you? How do you need to respond?
5 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 175.