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Romans 8:4: In Order That The Righteous Requirement Of The Law Might Be Fulfilled In Us

Romans 8:4
[4] 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. (ESV)

If you plan on eating a piece of bacon today you should thank the Lord Jesus for what he did for you on the cross. Perhaps, an explanation would be necessary. Paul tells us in today's verse that Christ condemned sin in the flesh, "in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us. What righteous requirements is he talking about?

The Old Testament Law had restrictions regarding what a person could eat. In that list of foods was the pig. I have a hard time imagining a diet that does not include my favorite things like bacon, roast pork, ham, sausage, etc. I like to eat just about everything from the pig except the oink. All of the dietary and other ceremonial requirements were fulfilled in Christ. Thank God!

There are many other requirements that a reading of the book of Leviticus would help you to understand more fully. In so doing, please do not adopt new rules and regulations for your life, but thankfully recognize that these requirements are no longer for us who have placed our faith in the Lord Jesus.

Paul also describes for us this new way of living as walking according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Once you have given your life to Jesus Christ you are a new creation. You are led by the Spirit. His laws, his will, his direction for you will now be directed by him from within. Listen to that gentle leading. Your walk has changed.

Your walk with Christ is not a burdensome list of rules to live up to. You have a relationship with God who lives within you and encourages and empowers you to follow him. Walk in the Spirit.


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