The One Man: The Promise of One New Man / Romans 3:21-4:25
God gave his law to a chosen people, the descendants of Abraham, to reveal divine righteousness to them. But the law proved powerless to effect divine righteousness in them. So the law condemned the people of Israel, upholding a standard too high for them to reach. Yet God did not condemn them. More than four centuries before giving his law, God had established another means by which Abraham's descendants might partake in divine righteousness: "Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness." This was a righteousness by faith, a promise that for those who put their confidence in God, righteousness would be given to them -- not through the law, which condemns, but through a new and better covenant. Jesus was that new covenant. His life was the righteousness of the law manifest in human form. He took what was written in stone and stamped it onto human flesh. He brought the law to life. This was the righteousness counted to Abraham, and it is the righteousness counted to all who believe. It is a righteousness that not only reveals the beauty of God but invites all people to enter that beauty by faith in one new man.