KEY PASSAGE: Romans 7:7-12
All quotations are taken from the English Standard Version of the Bible.
I was reading Romans 7:7-12 and I realized for the first time what the Bible means when it says that Jesus fulfilled the law instead of abolishing it (Matthew 5:17). I always thought, No, He didn’t! He abolished it because we aren’t bound by it anymore! While the law is no longer what saves us, we still follow it because “the law is holy” (see verse 12). We may do it unconsciously, just like the Bible says, even though we may not know about Jesus, we all have a moral conscious and are to obey it. But I digress.
Jesus fulfilled the law because, whereas we are sinners and could not obey all the law, Jesus was righteous and obeyed it all. He did not sin. The law was there as guide to righteousness. We fell short, but Jesus did not falter even once.
Jesus obeyed the whole law, and thus was righteous. When he lived his righteous life without sinning, this righteous life made us righteous. If we believe in Jesus, he has fulfilled the law for us, which is why we can be considered righteous. We are holy because he is holy (I Peter 1: 14-16).
After this revelation, I wrote the following poem. Some of this I’ve probably heard from preachers, teachers and laymen, and some parts are from what Paul said in Romans. This is simply Allison’s terms for the concepts.
Through his life, we are righteous.
Through his death, we are justified.
Through his resurrection, we are saved.
Jesus makes us righteous because he was/is righteous. He justified us because he took the punishment of our sins. We have life with Him in Heaven because he rose from the dead…because he was righteous. It all comes full circle.