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It Is Impossible To Get to Heaven by Obeying God’s Law
Adventure 7: God's Law
Mission: 8

Question Answer
Can sinners get to heaven by trying really hard to obey all of the Ten Commandments?

No. Nobody but Jesus is good enough to get to heaven by keeping the Law perfectly. Romans 3:20 – Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The Difference This Truth Makes
We cannot become God’s children by performing all the commandments because, in order to do so, we would need a heart change first – and we cannot change our hearts on our own. It is impossible to obey God without God. We need God. He is the first and last stop in any attempt to obey His Law.

Obeying the Ten Commandments is impossible without faith in Christ. God must change our hearts to love Him. This only happens through faith (Deuteronomy 30:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17). When someone comes to God by faith, He changes his heart to love Him.

When you become a Christian through faith in Christ, you are not under the Law anymore, but you still need to obey it. Just because you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, it does not mean you can behave any way you want. In fact, if you know Christ, He will change your heart to desire to obey His Law perfectly. He saved us so we could obey the Law, not break it (Romans 6:15).

We must always remember that Jesus valued internal obedience (loving God and others) as more important that only outward conformity. This is one of the reasons Jesus so hated the false teachings of the Pharisees. They kept the Law for the Law’s sake. They worshipped the Law instead of God! In so doing, they trusted in themselves.

You might try to get to heaven by obeying the Law perfectly yourself – or you can get there by finding someone Who has already perfectly obeyed it. You can either trust in yourself to keep the Law (and fail), or you can trust in Christ Who has already kept it (and suceeded), and Who will give you His own righteousness by faith. Without Christ’s righteousness, we will never meet God’s standard – we will never be accepted. (See Ephesians 1:6.)



 

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