Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.
As we have seen in other devotions, we are incapable of fulfilling the law and this should point us to the need for Jesus. The verses above tell us exactly how Jesus is able to fulfill the law in our place.
When Jesus came, He didn’t come to pronounce that the law was dead and useless. Instead He lived according to the law – the way God intended it to be lived. Others accused Him of breaking the law, particularly the Sabbath, but that was based on their interpretation of how the law was to be lived, not how God intended.
So part one of the plan was for Jesus to fulfill the law because we were not able to. Romans 5 spells out part two. Jesus’ righteousness was passed on to us in the same way that our natural sinfulness was passed on.
We were born sinful on account of Adam’s sin. We didn’t need to sin even though we all do in abundance anyway. The fact that we inherited Adam’s sin seems unfair but it is for this reason that we can inherit Christ’s righteousness.
When we are born again, we are born as righteous under Jesus. We are born sinful under Adam but righteous under Jesus. Adam had one act of sinfulness and ruined us all. Jesus only needed one act of righteousness – His death on the cross – to save us all. This is why Jesus had to fulfill the law and why He was able to do so in our place.