The law is “fully met in us” – meaning?

The law being fully met in us means we can obey God’s law like we’d love to, because God put it in us to love his law. “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law,” Paul wrote in Romans 7:22. At heart and core, Paul loved doing what God wished done.

Adam and Eve had no trouble tuning into God’s wishes and doing what God asked of them, either. But along came a serpent and turned them against God. And how easily it happened too. The serpent only makes one negative comment about God and they believe it. And suddenly, Adam and Eve can’t obey God anymore. Their minds are irreparably poisoned against God.

There was nothing they could do about it either. Neither could Paul. When he tried to do the good he so desperately wanted to do, he found he couldn’t do it, Romans 7:18 – “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” He discovered to his horror and embarrassment that “When I want to do good, evil is right there with me,” verse 21. So Paul wanted to do good – that was where his heart was – but there was this other power in his head twisting his mind to doing what he least wanted to do instead.

So there was one section of Paul’s mind that wanted to fully meet “the righteous requirements of the law,” Romans 8:4, but there was this other section of his mind that wouldn’t let him. It was war between the two (verse 23), and Paul hated it. He didn’t want a war between good and evil in his head. Instead he knew God’s law made sense, so that’s what he wanted to do.

And at heart and core so does every human being. We aren’t evil. God made us good. He gave us a nature that could love and trust him, and minds that love to do good. But there’s this other power out there that’s ever-present, and how easily it exerts its influence on us. It’s horrible. It makes us “hostile to God,” Romans 8:7, and creates a nature in us that “does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” But when Paul cried out for help to rid his mind of this evil influence, God answered (Romans 7:25). So God’s right there, ever-present too, ready at any time to “rescue” us, Romans 7:24, so that we are free at last to do what at heart and core we really want to do – which is live God’s law to the full.


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