Principle for Bible Reading
Romans 8:3 holds some of the most precious truths of Christianity. Paul explains how God remove our guilt and end our condemnation. Pastor John slows down to dig into the nitty-gritty details of our good news.
- Incarnation — Jesus was sent to take on flesh (cf. Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:4–7; Colossians 1:19; 2:9).
- In these verses, Jesus is God (God’s own Son) and he is without sin (in the “likeness” of sin). These two things qualify him to be condemned in our place.
- Substitution — Whose sin was condemned at the cross? Not Jesus’. It was our sin. Jesus died in our place.
What About the Law? (04:48–08:21)
It says God did what the law could not do. Why could the law not condemn sin?
- The law is very effective at condemning sin.
- The law always and only gets a verdict of guilty.
- But God can condemn sin in the Son. Only God can get a not guilty verdict.
- Jesus was not God’s plan B. The law was meant to lead to Christ.
- In love, God rescued us from God.
- From Romans 8:3, how did God remove our condemnation? How could that be enough to pay for all our sin?
- In Romans 8:3, what could the law not do? Why could it not do that? What does it mean that the law was “weakened by the flesh”?
- What is the significance of the word “likeness” in Romans 8:3? What is Paul trying to communicate about Jesus?
Piper: “At the cross, God rescues us from God.”
‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series
This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.