CAN A PERSON BE SAVED BY OBEYING GOD'S LAW?The purpose of the Law was never meant to explain how one becomes a child of God, but it was given to convince man that he, being unable to keep the whole Law, was in need of a Savior. The Apostle Paul wrote:
Galatians 3;21-26 - "...if there had been a Law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law. But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the Law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
And, just as all mankind was marked for death by the sin of one man, Adam, and because we are like him, we all sin, so too is the free gift of salvation offered because of the One Who never sinned (Heb. 4:15). Again, Paul wrote:
Romans 5:17-19 - "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous."
2 Corinthians 5:21 - "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
The Law was not given that man could earn eternal life, but was given to point us to Jesus Christ! Did Jesus fulfill the Law? Of course He did! In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." If anyone was to be saved from the penalty of sin, someone had to fulfill the Law! Jesus did! We are told in Hebrews 4:15 - "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Jesus fulfilled the whole Law for us!
Romans 4:1-5 - "What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
SALVATION IS A GIFT TO ALL WHO ACCEPT JESUS AS LORD!Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."