Q: What is the hope for the believer?
A: That even though we still sin, WE ARE NOT CONDEMNED! Therefore, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Q: Why are we no longer condemned?
A: Because we’re under a new law, the law of the Spirit of life and no longer under the letter of the Law which only condemned us (sin and death).
Q: Why was the Law “weak”? (v. 3)
A: Because of the flesh. Because we dwell in the flesh, we cannot keep the Law perfectly. And to fail in one part of the Law is to fail in all parts
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
— James 2:10
Q: So what did God do to help us out of this dilemma?
A: Verses 3 & 4. He sent His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, to pay our penalty. Note: “that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us.” If the requirement of the Law has been fulfilled in us, then all the requirements have been met. Therefore, we are free from the Law.
Q: According to the last part of verse 4, what does this fulfilling of the Law allow us to do?
A: To walk according to the Spirit and no longer according to the Law.