Paul wrote that ‘the law is a schoolmaster to lead to Christ’. The law does not make us good people. You could attempt a meticulous keeping of the law and still be a poor representation of a human being.
The fact is those who define themselves as ‘law keepers’ only ever do a couple of them and the laws they do are never a fulsome righteousness or wholeness.
It’s unfortunate that people can seize on the keeping of one commandment and turn this into a false messiah and a false ‘grace.’
SIN A STATE OF BEING
This is why Jesus said, ‘I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart’ Matt 5.28 NIV. Here Jesus is not endorsing the law. He is presenting the truth that holiness and wholeness is to be found with Him as our life.
RIGHTEOUSNESS THE STATE OF BEING ONE WITH CHRIST
Christ in you makes you an expression of His person. This is the new and living way of the incarnation.
The law does not reveal Christ. Christ however reveals God and in actual fact Christ reveals you as who you are as your real self in Him. Be aware that any teaching that posits Jesus as the maintainer of the law does not come from God.
The law pointed to Christ but Christ does not point to the law. Jesus Christ indicates the trinity. He is our Door to fellowship with God and the Living Way in which the Holy Family makes their dwelling in us. We are made one with God in the oneness of God. It is the nature of God to draw all things into Himself in Jesus Christ.
We know God as God is in Jesus Christ. We become sons/daughters of God in spirit and in truth because we have been made one with Christ.
TO KNOW GOD IN JESUS CHRIST
Torrance writes, “The specifically Christian doctrine of God is thus inescapably and essentially Christocentric, for it pivots upon God’s self-revelation and self-communication in the incarnation, in an objective manifestation, an imprint of the divine Hypostasis [oneness of God], which is identical with the very Being (αὐτὸ τὸὄν) of God himself.
This does not mean that all our knowledge of God can be reduced to Christology, but that, as there is only one Mediator between God and man, who is himself both God and Man, and only one revelation of God in which he himself is its actual content, all authentic knowledge of God is derived and understood in accordance with the incarnate reality of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ.” (1)
CHRIST IN YOU - REVELATION
Godly people can reveal Godliness but not God Himself. God can speak to us through life situations but the one speaking to us is always Jesus Christ.
Christian teaching that would make the law the expression of God or the keeping of the law as the key issue of religion or society should be regarded with the scepticism it deserves. Jesus Christ is the Issue and the solution in person to every form of unlife, since He is Life Himself. In Jesus God is revealed and life is revealed in spirit and in truth.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 17). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.