The Law’s Requirements at the Gates

John saw New Jerusalem “Having the glory of God….It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel(Revelation 21:11-12). In Galatians 3:19, the law was “ordained through angels in the hand of a mediator” and the law was given to the nation of Israel. Hence the angels and the names at the gates indicate that whatever passes through the gates satisfies the law. (And whatever does not meet the law’s requirements is kept outside the city by the wall.)

The law is both a testimony of what God is (Exodus 34:29; 40:3, 5, 20-21) and “through the law is the clear knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). The law is also holy, spiritual, and good although by our natural effort there is no way to fulfill the law (Romans 7:7-25).

The way for us to satisfy the law is to believe in Jesus Christ. Romans 3:20 says that no flesh, no natural man, no unsaved person, can be justified by works of law. Verse 24 says that we are “justified freely by His grace.” Then verse 28 says, “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” These verses (and others later in Romans and in Galatians) state the impossibility of a man of flesh fulfilling the law.  They also proclaim that we are justified in Christ by faith. His death fulfilled the law and in His resurrection we receive all that He is and has done. In Him we satisfy the law’s requirements at the gates of New Jerusalem and thereby enter into the city. 
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