Sunday, January 29, 2006

Monday's Meditation

"For what the law was powerless to do, in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son as a sin offering. And so, God condemned sin in sinful man so that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit."
-- Romans 8:3-4

Let's face it. For the most part the Church culture - or at least the church culture I've been a part of for the last 12 years - has been highly "anti-law." They tell me, "Oh, but that's part of the law. You don't have to worry about that. You're under grace!" The Church has become antinomian to a large degree. And that attitude is to our disadvantage.

In the passage above, Paul tells us that while the law was unable to perfect us, the follower of Christ will nonetheless fulfill the "righteous requirements of the law." I've written before and write again that new laws and systems of sin management will not accomplish what we strive to achieve. It is only through the sacrifice of Christ that sin is atoned for and it is only through being "united with him in his death" that we are made perfect.

Make no mistake about it. God expects us to "be perfect as He is perfect." He will accept nothing less.