Think With Me
To refuse - even to the smallest degree - the message of the Gospel of the Finished Work of Christ is to refuse God. To try to add anything of our own performance (or "righteousness") to the revelation of Jesus is to be under a curse, so says Galatians and Revelations.
The Gospel really is that radical. You are either all in, or all out. If you want to rely on trying to keep less than one percent of the Law (10 Commandments) to merit God's blessing, you must keep the whole She-Bang. To choose to rely on Christ's obedience to said law as being the only thing that merits God's smile of favor towards you, is to refuse to trust in anything else. Nothing of yourself you bring, only to His Word you cling.
Funny thing. Once you are "all in", and you kick your law addiction cold turkey...you will find yourself living in such a way that "against such there is no law".
I know, right? God is so weird and powerful like that.
Don't add to the message (Revelation) of Jesus by adding Jewish law or religious ritual or the arm of the flesh. ("Sacrifice and offering You refuse. Rather, a body You have prepared...") Don't take away from the Revelation of Jesus by diminishing the grandeur of grace. For from Him and through Him and to Him is everything. God, at this very moment in time, right now, watches over His Word (the Person and message of Christ) to perform it.
Today, if you hear His voice, don't harden your heart. Your one choice? Choose to live entirely, with abandon, under the New Covenant - Jesus plus nothing. You can't have it both ways - Jesus, plus Everything I Can Muster. On your best days, your own efforts to earn and deserve the blessings of God are like so many dirty tampons in a gas station trash can.
Why would you refuse to let God wreak His limitless power to do you and your family good? Why would you refuse to let God wreak His limitless overflow of ability to meet you in any and every area where you have fallen short?
For fallen short you have. Today. Oh sure, you have.
That's why today is the time to receive The Message of the Gospel, and submit yourself to the gift of righteousness which is completely and only and singularly by faith, not by works...
Not. By. Your. Effort.
...just in case you're ever tempted to boast. Which you would never be tempted to do, right??
Yeah, right. Me neither. (And if you can believe that, I have some swamp land to sell you...)