It takes obedience to the Law and the Prophets,
Along with grace through faith in Jesus Christ,
To bring us unto God; to know His Divine Will and Living Word.
Paul argues that being obedient to the Law is not the means to salvation, but that is is faith through Jesus Christ that brings justification unto God. He points out that otherwise, works would be enough for salvation, and that since all men are sinners, no matter how obedient to the Law we are, we will always fall short of attaining God’s Realm. He quotes scripture in Genesis relating how,
“He [Abram] believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” ~Genesis 15:6
This is true, indeed. It takes faith and belief in God, and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord Messiah to attain true everlasting salvation.
But scripture also says eleven chapters later that the LORD appeared to Isaac and blessed him by restating the covenant that He had made with his father, Abraham:
“…I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” ~Genesis 26:4-5
This shows that it is not just due to faith and belief that we, and our descendants, are blessed by God, but that it is very much due to obedience that we, and our descendants, are blessed by God on earth.
This raises the question as to whether faith in Jesus Christ provides us with eternal life, and obedience to God provides with abundant blessings while we live out our earthly lives. Indeed, the Old Testament did not speak to heaven, though it did speak about having plenty for our generation, and the generations to follow, if we loved God, obeyed Him, and had faith in Him.
Some Christians seem more concerned with attaining salvation in Heaven, while flouting God’s Law here on earth. What does this mean?
I think it is obvious that both a grounding and foundation in God’s Law and commandments, along with faith and belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord Messiah, which enables us to have flourishing lives here, and in the afterlife, are important. Why, as God’s Chosen Ones, have we argued the importance of one over the other for millenia?
I personally want to please God, love Him, and know Him more than anything. In practicing this, I want to know His ancient Law, as well as live by the example His Son gave. I am saved forevermore by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice to me on the cross, but I am also living a righteous life under God’s Law, and will be blessed by Adonai Elohim for doing so.
I do not desire to forego either one of these. Do you?