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Righteousness By Following The Law? Impossible!

It is impossible to be righteous before the Lord by following His laws. The Pharisees were the strictest sect in Israel, meticulous followers of His laws. If righteousness could be attained by following the law, then the Pharisees would have been righteous before Him, but they were not. In fact, He had very little to say good about the Pharisees at all, and that is why they conspired to have Him killed.
                   "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness
                    shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and
                    Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom
                    of heaven." (Matthew 5:20 KJV)
Consider the law concerning adultery: adultery was clearly forbidden by the law, and the Pharisees no doubt avoided adultery altogether. Yet this avoidance of actual adultery was not enough! In order to truly fulfill the law, they needed to eliminate adulterous *thoughts* also!.
                   "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
                    Thou shalt not commit adultery:
             
                   "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman
                    to lust after her hath committed adultery with her
                    already in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28 KJV)

Do you ever have adulterous thoughts? The Pharisees obviously did, or else Jesus would not have used this as an example. I certainly do, too. And so do you, whoever you may be. We *all* break His law, saved and unsaved, no matter how pious we may appear.

And if we break the law in any one point, we have broken it in all points!

      
 
      "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
       point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10 KJV)
Paul summarizes the futility of trying to attain righteousness by following the law.
        ROMANS 3:10-20 (KJV)
       
       
        10
               As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
        11
               There is none that understandeth, there is none that
               seeketh after God.
        12
               They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
               unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
        13
               Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they
               have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
        14
               Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
        15
               Their feet are swift to shed blood:
        16
               Destruction and misery are in their ways:
        17
               And the way of peace have they not known:
        18
               There is no fear of God before their eyes.
        19
               Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it
               saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may
               be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before
               God.
        20
               Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
               justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of
               sin.
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            "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
             (Romans 3:23 KJV)

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