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Law and gospel

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The law, which bears witness to the grace of God, points ahead to its fulfilment and climax in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel does not abolish the law, but fulfils it, by allowing it to be seen in its proper light.

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Human beings cannot fulfil the law by their own efforts

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The law brings knowledge of human sin and the need for redemption

Romans 3:20 HCSB
For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.
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The law points to the coming of Jesus Christ

Galatians 3:24 HCSB
The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.

Believers are not justified by works of the law, but through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ

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The relationship between believers and the law

Dying to the law through Jesus Christ

Galatians 2:19 HCSB
For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ

The law remains valid for believers

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The Holy Spirit enables believers to fulfil the law through Jesus Christ

Romans 8:3–4 HCSB
What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
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