“律法的总结就是基督”Interesting that he says that "Christ is the end of the Law", yet his quotes
actually come from the law. The questions come from the Law of Moses (申命记３０：１２－１４). From the context of 申命记３０：１１“我今日所吩咐你的诫命不是你难行的，也不是离你远的。” It is apparent that these questions
have to do with the difficulty of obtaining righteousness. But which righteousness?
That of the Law or that of Faith? For the reasoning in 申命记３０：１１－１４ is
that the Law should be easy to keep. But in fact it turned out not to be
the case. What it seems to mean in context is "If it weren't for your
innate sinfulness, what I am commanding you today is not too difficult
for you or beyond your reach." And if you read the Law, you find that
that in fact the commands were not all that difficult. Nonetheless, Israel
failed to keep them. Why?
Paul is proposing that these verses are really referring to the righteousness
which is of faith. Obtaining the righteousness which is of faith is a very
What he means is "Don't presume that you must live perfectly to
obtain this righteousness"
This brings Christ down by denying his holiness which is imputed to
the believer and by denying his resurrection and ascension into heaven.
God's commands are not burdensome to those who have been born of God. Rather
such become natural to them, having become new creatures in Christ (歌林多后书５：１７).
Proclamation of the Word of Faith
Obtaining the righteousness of faith require one
to hear the message of the gospel and react to it correctly.
"Jesus is Lord" is an essential part of the message that is often
left out in modern evangelicalism. We proclaim that God sent his son to
die for you so as to pay for your sins. And that if you believe that fact,
you have eternal life. But the concept of "Jesus is Lord" is often left
for people to infer for themselves. But the Bible makes this point quite
clear. That those who believe in Jesus as Savior, must also accept Him
as Lord. Which simply means that they must be willing to submit themselves
in obedience to his commands.
Furthermore, if a person truly believes, then there should be outworkings
(or "fruits") of such evident in their life. Evangelism is
such an outworking of faith. Telling others your belief is a natural outworking
of true belief. Trying to hide your "faith" from others indicates that
you may not actually believe what you think you believe.
vs 17 "faith comes from hearing the message" This is not to say
that faith automatically comes to everyone who hears the message. For there
are many who have heard the message, but don't believe. But as a person
cooperates with the Holy Spirit as they hear the message of the gospel,
faith will result.
And not just with respect to the gospel message, but even with respect
to inferring God's existence and attributes from observations of nature.
Which I think is what 诗篇１９：４ was referring to. People don't naturally
seek God, but God takes the initiative to draw us to Himself. (约翰福音１２：３２)
Let us cooperate with Him while we have opportunity.