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The Law/Torah “Repudiated,” “Replaced,” and “Reappropriated” (Part 8)

January 13, 2016 Speaker: Adam Olean

Scripture: Romans 8

We pick up on our discussion on Romans 7:1–8:4ff and its application to true, regenerate believers, giving special attention this time to the purpose that Paul gives for God condemning sin in the flesh—namely, “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” (Rom 8:4 ESV). We illustrate that this theme and language is found throughout Paul’s epistles, such as Romans and Galatians, and in the promises of a New Covenant found in the Old Testament prophets (e.g., Ezek 11:19–20; 36:27).

We also discuss and illustrate the importance of recognizing and distinguishing the different senses and aspects of God’s saving “righteousness” in his Son in the life of believers—from their justification, to their sanctification, to their glorification. God saves his people not just from the condemnation and penalty of sin but also from its corrupting, enslaving power.

This concludes our study on the Law/Torah in the New Testament and Paul’s letters, in general, and in Romans, in particular.