I think I made my position clear. I think no human being on earth has kept the commandments of Jesus except by a gift of grace where Jesus creates the right desires in us that we can not have except as a promise from God that Christ would live again inside us, for he would see his seed because his soul was a sin offering.Paidion wrote:Dizerner, after Jesus gave his disciples his commandments in Matthew 5, 6, and 7, he said the following words:Dizerner, you wrote:If Christ's commands are by grace, then they become promises of what he will do in us, not demands for us to do them.
Which of the two do you think Jesus indicated with these words? Did He say that the commands He had just given were promises of what He would do in his disciples?Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Matt 7:24-27 ESV)
Or did He simply indicate the consequences of doing the things He instructed as well as the consequences of not doing them?
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
What you will have to do, to think you can actually obey Jesus as a form of necessary justification or righteousness, is lower the perfect standard of the law to the point of wherever you think you or others can keep it, then say God overlooks the fact that you actually disobey a good portion of the time. I don't see that taught anywhere. This is called cheap law—the idea that obedience is necessary and the source of justification, yet within a constant compromise of the Law's demands for perfection.
Until one see's oneself as a hopeless sinner, one is incapable of trusting Christ alone, any more than a camel can go through the eye of the needle.