Jesus is Good Enough!
The Law and the Gospel
Romans 1.16, 17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
The Good News is that Jesus is good enough.
If fulfilling all the righteous requirements of God’s Law is the way to salvation, and if none of us is good enough to accomplish that feat, then are we just doomed? Of course not. The Good News is that God has been pleased to satisfy those requirements for us by sending His own Son in the form of a human being to fulfill all righteousness for those who would be saved. Theologians refer to this as an “alien righteousness” because it comes to us from afar, from outside ourselves, and yet really. Jesus kept the Law of God completely, perfectly, and at all times. He literally fulfilled all the righteousness God will ever require for anyone and everyone who would be saved. And God is prepared to receive men into His presence through the righteousness of His Son, so that we need not despair of falling short of the glory of God because Jesus has taken care of that; and invites us to come in Him and be fully accepted by God. He offers this wonderful gift freely, without any merit on our parts. We, however, must receive it by faith, believing in Jesus as He is revealed in God’s Word, and trusting in Him that His righteousness alone – which is the full and complete righteousness of the Law of God – will suffice for us, just as He has promised. Jesus makes no sense as a Savior apart from the Law of God, so when we proclaim Jesus to our neighbors, let it be in that context.
When you think of Jesus, do you think of Him in relation to the Law of God? Why is it important that you do?
“In the Gates” is a devotional series on the Law of God by Rev. T.M. Moore
T. M. Moore is editor of the Worldview Church. He serves as dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He is the author or editor of twenty books, and has contributed chapters to four others. His essays, reviews, articles, papers, and poetry have appeared in dozens of national and international journals, and on a wide range of websites. His most recent books are The Ailbe Psalter and The Ground for Christian Ethics (Waxed Tablet).
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