One thing you see over and over by critics is that, “You believe that keeping the Law makes you righteous.” Well, I suppose that keeping the civil law makes you a law abiding citizen, and so in a sense they are right. Does breaking the Law make you righteous? Yet, it is amazing that the logical extension of what some of them teach is exactly that!
There is a problem with the idea that keeping the Law makes one righteous, of course. No one except Jesus Christ has ever really kept the Law. Once the civil law has been broken, you are a criminal. No matter how well you keep the law thereafter, it doesn’t erase the fact that you broke the law. You are a criminal. Likewise, once you break God’s Law you are a sinner. No amount of tithing, Sabbath keeping, holy day attendance, prayer or Bible study will erase what you’ve done.
It should be clear that it is the shed blood of Jesus Christ that justifies us.
To be “justified” is to be “made just” before God. The Law cannot justify us. The Law can only condemn us, if we break it. The Law does not forgive sins! Therefore, it cannot justify you any more than paying taxes can justify a murderer before a civil judge.
16Knowing 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. (Galatians 2:16, King James Version)
However, some antinomian types will take it so far as to claim that trying to keep the Law is a sin! Greg Laurie is one who has claimed that Jesus broke the Sabbath. I guess that Greg Laurie is doomed then, seeing as he has no perfect Passover lamb to pay for his sins.
What did Jesus say, though?
… but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
~ Mt 19:17c
Did Jesus break the Sabbath? Did He do away with the Law?
21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21, King James Version)
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
“All” is not yet fulfilled. Jesus will yet return. His Millennial rule is yet to be set up. Even then, all will not yet be fulfilled. When will “all” be fulfilled?
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (Revelation 21:1-3, King James Version)
The problem becomes when people keep the commandments out of fear. The problem comes when some will lord it over another to keep their interpretation of the commandments out of fear. If we truly love God, we will keep the commandments out of love and out of gratitude for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
If we are of Christ, we will keep the commandments!