Listen:  101 Question 1

Concerning those who try to keep the law, James tells us in James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  If one cannot keep the entire law perfectly, he has made it impossible to be justified and saved by the law.  We read in Deuteronomy 27:26, “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.”  Scripture is very clear.  No one can be saved, or justified, by keeping the law.  Galatians 2:16 says, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”  We realize from this, and many other verses, that a person is not saved by keeping the law, but is saved by having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”  The law brings the knowledge of sin; it does not bring salvation.  Indeed, the law condemns us all.

What are we to do then?  Let’s read Romans 8:1-4, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  The law can never bring salvation, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ does.  To those who are saved, or are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation, or judgment; we have been set free from the law of sin and death.

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