The Unsufficiency of the Mosaic Law to Manifest Perfect Righteousness in the Believer

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:02 PM by Tony Tran   [ updated May 1, 2015, 11:53 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine ]
"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe." (Rom. 3:19-22, NKJV)
"knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified." (Galatians 2:16, NKJV)
Before Paul the Apostle [Saul of Tarsus] was saved [became born-again (John 3:3)] on the road to Damascus, he excelled in the observance of every jot and tittle of the Mosaic Law. While he was undeniably moral, he later realized [after being saved] that, in fact, his religious fanaticism established him as the worst sinner who ever lived (1 Tim. 1:12-15). In rejecting this triumph of self-righteousness, he declared: "Man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ" (Gal 2:16). Doctrine had replaced the now defunct [Mosaic] ritual of Judaism. Ritual without reality is meaningless. There must be substance in the soul to correlate ritual with fact. The substance is Bible doctrine resident in the right lobe of the mentality of the soul.
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