There is a great difference between life in the Holy Spirit and law keeping. The law keeper tries in his own ability (even though he may attribute God as his little helper) to obey laws for his justification. In other words law keeping will save him and keep him saved. His good works are brought before God to make him acceptable. The law keeper is very proud of himself. He walks around strutting himself before men and blows his own horn. He puts on that he is humble but really he loves the praise of men and needs their approval.
He thinks that he is good enough in God’s eyes, so special, so deserving but he does not know that his works are as filthy rags in Gods sight and he is nothing but a worm! This law keeper will say on that day,” Lord, lord, have not I done many wonderful works in your name???” and of course God will say, “Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, (unregenerate, unsaved) you thought that you could purchase the gift of God by your works. I NEVER DID KNOW YOU”
The born again Christian is a sinner saved by grace, God’s undeserved mercy. He knows he did not deserve salvation and he is eternally grateful to God for his mercy. He walks in humility and praises the Lord for his goodness to him. He has experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in his life and he does not need to keep legalistic laws in order to secure his salvation because the Holy Spirit who lives in him keeps him by his power, even unto the end. No one can pluck the Christian out of the Father’s hand.
No one can deceive God’s elect because he has the Holy Spirit living in him and he is sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. The born again Christian lives by the FAITH OF GOD, he puts no confidence in his flesh! He relies on the Lord for every little thing, he is not self sufficient but abides by the power of God in the vine and thus he is ORDAINED to produce fruit that pleases God, fruit that is God’s fruit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith, temperance, AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW! FOR THOSE WHO BELONG TO JESUS HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH (ARE DEAD WITH CHRIST AND ALIVE UNTO GOD) WITH ITS AFFECTIONS ,LUSTS, AND CORRUPT DESIRES.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
When we receive Jesus by the faith imparted to us at salvation the GOD GIVES US THE POWER BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT to live a life that is pleasing to him ! If we are trying to serve God in our own strength and ability then we are under the law and have no grace and thus falling from grace we have no salvation. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ” Zechariah 4:6