Reason #7 – To Cancel the Legal Demands of the Law Against Us
What a folly it is to think our good deeds may one day outweigh our bad deeds.
Piper lists 2 reasons that he considers this a folly:
- It is not true
- It is not the way God saves
Number 1 is made brutally clear in Romans 1:17 and Ephesians 2:8. Paul nails it. It’s not our works that can cancel the legal demands our sin has accrued. Only our faith in Christ as our savior.
Number 2 is seen all through the old testament. God never asked Israel to “do better” or “work harder” or “be nice”. He demanded a sacrifice for the sins of the nation.
The beautiful part of this is that not only were the legal demands of our sins cancelled, but they were replaced with the perfection of Christ.