Some people think that they are righteous by the law. I pray that you see the truth.
Israel thought that they were righteous by the law. Some of these people were “Blameless” by obeying the 10 commandments without killing, stealing, bearing false, witness, committing adultery, and helping the poor, etc.
But Jesus came to show them the TRUE REQUIREMENT of the LAW.
MATTHEW 5 “21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”
It was not enough to avoid murder but you have to avoid ANGER to be saved under the Law.
MATTHEW 5 “27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
It was not enough to avoid adultery but you have to avoid even looking or thinking about other women to be saved under the Law!
MATTHEW 5 “38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also…..43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
It was not enough to love your neighbor or family, BUT YOU HAVE TO LOVE YOUR ENEMIES and BE PERFECT AS GOD….to be saved by the Law.
LUKE 12 “33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
They had to LOVE GOD with ALL THEIR HEART, and LOVE EVERYONE as themselves BY SELLING EVERYTHING to the POOR to be saved under the Law!
WHY ????? It is because the LAW DEMANDS PERFECTION……The problem with Israel is that they were BLAMELESS in their OWN EYES…..and were NOT AS RIGHTEOUS AS GOD !!!In terms of HUMAN RIGHTEOUSNESS they were blameless….but that still FELL SHORT OF GOD’s GLORY !!!
They were NOT RIGHTEOUS AS GOD !!!
ROMANS 3 “For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: “There is NO one RIGHTEOUS, not even one;…..There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for ALL have sinned and FALL short of the GLORY of GOD.”
Paul was the most humanly RIGHTEOUS and BLAMELESS PERSON according to the LAW and HE SAID THIS !!! He gave up his human righteousness under the law to receive GOD’s RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH in JESUS.
PHILIPPIANS 3 “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for RIGHTEOUSNESS based on the LAW, FAULTLESS. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider LOSS for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them GARBAGE, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, NOT having a RIGHTEOUSNESS of my OWN that comes from the LAW, but that which is through FAITH in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. “
The LAW cannot make anyone as Righteous as GOD….This is why the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD is given as a GIFT to aLL WHO BELIEVE in JESUS. The Law shows everyone GUILTY and not being righteous as GOD.
ROMANS 3 “9 Now we know that whatever the LAW says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now APART from the LAW the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD has been made known, to which the LAW and the Prophets testify. 22 This RIGHTEOUSNESS is given through FAITH in JESUS CHRIST to ALL who BELIEVE. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are JUSTIFIED FREELY by his GRACE through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be RECEIVED by FAITH.”
THE GOSPEL is this…..we receive the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD BY GRACE through FAITH and not by works !!!
ROMANS 5 “those who RECEIVE God’s abundant provision of GRACE and of the GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”