Paul is making the point that if adams disobedience to the law of god was the reason for death then jesus full obedience to all the prescriptions of the divine law unto death is what brings us righteousness. Related imputation of christs righteousnessthe lord christ fulfilled the whole law for us he did not only undergo the penalty of it due unto our sins but also yielded that perfect obedience which it did require christs fulfilling of the law in obedience unto its commands is no less imputed unto us for our justification than his undergoing the penalty of it is. Just as the perfectly obedient life of christ is essential to the death of christ as a covering for our sin so the perfectly obedient life of christ is essential to the death of christ as the supreme act of obedience by which we are appointed righteous in him. Christs active obedience doing what gods law required is usually distinguished from his passive obedience suffering for his people but j gresham machen argues every event of his life was a part of his payment of the penalty of sin and every event of his life was a part of that glorious keeping of the law of god by which he earned for . The active and passive obedience of jesus christ by dr c matthew mcmahon articles on justification by faith alone today many christians are turning back to the puritans to walk in the old paths of gods word and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies jesus christ
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