BUT NOW

“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets” (Romans 3:21).

“But now” offers a dramatic shift, from the future emphasis of God’s wrath being poured out upon all unrighteousness, to the present benefit of God’s activity in Christ Jesus and the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen.15:5; 22:18). If the salvation of God is to be available for all it must accomplished apart from the Law, for only the Jews possessed the Law. And, according to verse 20, the reception of the Law has led only to condemnation resulting from disobedience. Instead of deeming the covenant as a failure and starting afresh, God sent forth his Son, a faithful Israelite, who obediently fulfilled the Law, and as the Messiah of Israel would become a representative of all who live by faith.

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