Paul rebuked the Jewish law keepers for trying to be justified by keeping the law. He confronted them with their hypocrisy. Romans 2:17, “Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God.”
Romans 3:20, “ by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
Paul told the Jews in Romans 2:7-13 that if they were to be justified by the Law, then they would have to KEEP ALL THE LAW PERFECTLY which of course as scriptures say, no one can.
Romans 3:12, “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Paul in scriptures declare the PURPOSE of God’s Law which is to show men their sinful condition, “…for by the law is the knowledge of sin” Romans 3:20
Romans 7:13, “Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.”
No one can keep the whole Law of God! God did not give the Law to for us to work our way into Heaven. Salvation is by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ WITHOUT THE DEEDS OF THE LAW !
A changed life in Christ is the FRUIT of repentance by having received saving faith. Salvation is God’s free gift which is not earned by works of any kind nor by man’s will and works, done by the Christian, have been ordained by God to each individual (according to his will) through the gifts of the Spirit that are imparted to each one severally AS HE WILLS .
These gifts are endowment of God’s grace and ARE NOT justification for salvation for as Paul said, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2 :8-10 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME : and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27
Regeneration of the Holy Spirit is instantaneous. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new Ephesians 2
But growing in God’s grace takes time fruit takes time to grow!
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” 1st Peter 2:2
The changed life comes as a result of being saved; and is not as a requirement to be saved. Salvation is A WORK OF GOD and is not a work of man nor is staying saved a work of man but it is a WORK OF GOD!
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1: 24,25