“What harm is there in trying to follow the Ten Commandment to the best of your ability? Isn’t that how you please God?”
Actually, it doesn’t please God and could be hindering your walk with Him. This is one of those teachings of Scripture that seem to be opposite of our logical thinking.
All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.”
This verse is clear, God does not consider us righteous because we do the right works. True righteousness is only obtained through faith in Christ. By trying to live by the so-called rules of Christianity, you’re actually placing yourself back under the curse.
Here’s the problem. Every human being on earth, apart from Christ, is under the curse. That’s because all of humanity is trying to follow one code of conduct or another.
That’s what sets true Christianity apart from all other world religions. Every religion on earth has a code of conduct that must be adhered to if you want to reach perfection, Paradise, Nirvana, enlightenment, or whatever the goal is that they strive for. It takes discipline, will power, and a lot of hard work to follow through on these goals.
If you think that being a Christian means that you’re trying your best to follow the teachings of the Bible; then you’re no different from all the other religions. In that case, you’ve totally missed the Good News of Christ.
What sets Christianity apart from all other religions is the fact that our God declares that it’s totally impossible for us to ever please Him on our own. Therefore, He took it upon Himself to provide the way for us to reach His presence.
By trusting in the finished work of Christ, we receive everything needed to please God. We have obtained His grace and are under His blessing.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
The curse that Jesus experienced on the cross wasn’t His. He was perfect and lived a sinless life. That was our curse that was put upon Him. He carried the entire weight of all sinful mankind.
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
In my last post, I talked about the joy we have of receiving Abraham’s blessing. Here Paul repeats himself. The whole purpose of the cross was to bring that very blessing to the Gentiles. All it requires is for us to accept God’s free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Question: What can you expect as a part of this blessing?
© Nick Zaccardi 2017