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… 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. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. BECAUSE THE CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST GOD; FOR IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF GOD, NOR INDEED CAN BE.

Romans 8:4-7

Pertinent excerpts from John McArthur’s sermon:-

“The in stone revealed the Law of God, but all it did was revealed something that is impossible for men to keep, they had no will to keep it, they had no power to keep it. So the Law in stone just crushed the sinner in guilt and judgment, the threat of divine wrath.”

“The Law, as revelation of God’s will, had no power to bring about fellowship with God. The Holy Law of God, by itself could provide no fellowship with God because no one could keep that Law nor did they desire to.”

“So that form of Law couldn’t help at all, the condition of men. In fact, there’s a sense in which the ten commandments on stone were as collapsible as the Tabernacle. So what was its purpose? IT PURPOSE WAS TO DEFINE SIN. And render to humanity the recognition that they were sinners.”

“In Galatians, we also find in chapter 3 THAT IT (THE LAW) WAS THE TUTOR THAT LED PEOPLE TO CHRIST. Because if the Law does nothing but damn you and condemn you, then in desperation you’d cry out for a redeemer, someone to rescue you from the curse of the Law.”

“So the the Law gave the knowledge of sin, the Law demonstrated the inability of the sinner and the Law caused the sinner to cry out for a redeemer.”

“There’s a fourth way in which the Law comes. and that’s in our text. When the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus sets a sinner free from the Law of sin and death, through the sacrifice and offering of Christ, the one who receives that salvation … is able to fulfill the requirement of the Law. … In other words, salvation so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, not just by us as if some external behavior but in us … because we have been made new creation.”

“… so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE FLESH but according to the Spirit. That is now a fact. … I joyfully concur with the Law of God in the inner man. Down deep in my heart, my new nature, my new creation, LOVES THE LAW OF GOD, joyfully affirms the Law of God.”

“Saving grace was given that the Law might be fulfilled. It is not incidental. God wants a people who obey Him, who honor Him, who bring Him glory. WE WERE SAVED IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE LAW OF GOD.

About The Speaker

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, chancellor of The Master’s University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

Host Church:-
Grace Community Church