Unlimited: God Sent His Son
Dec 16, 2022 518
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering (Romans 8:3a).
This is a most powerful statement by the apostle Paul. Although, as he has said, the law is good, the law yet is powerless in our lives. We must let this sink in. The law is powerless to bring us closer to God. The law is powerless to make us righteous. The law is powerless to save us. The reason why the law is powerless in our lives is because our flesh is weak. It is impossible for us to keep the law in our weak and sinful flesh. That is the first part of this verse.
God sent his Son for you.
God sent his own Son into the impossible dilemma of this world. Christ dealt with the powerlessness of the law by finding another way, apart from the law, that we could be righteous, so that we might live.
God did not send his Son to inspire us with his perfect law-keeping. He did not send his Son to be an example to us of perfect law-keeping. Instead, he sent his own Son, in humanity, to be a sacrifice. Let those who wish to downplay or deny the sacrificial nature of Christ’s death think carefully about this verse. Because of this sacrifice the perfect righteousness of Christ stands in the place of ours, not as a fiction, but as a saving reality.
What is an area of your life in which you sometimes feel powerless? When you are at your most powerless, remember that God sent his Son for you.