“I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life is the way, and enables me to do it. I identify myself completely with Him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Isn’t it clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, I refuse to nullify God’s grace”
Galatians 2:19-21, The Message
Is it possible that God’s law starts with good advice but always ends with bad news? And could it be that the law shows us the way in, but always locks us out?
What if Jesus kept all the rules AND cancelled all the demands? What if only quitters qualify for grace?
Rom 10:1-4, 1 Cor 13:1-8