Ruling Out the Law

Have you ever walked up to a stranger and asked, "If you were to die tonight, would God let you into Heaven?" If so, I bet that person responded with something like, "Well I'm a good person; I've never murdered anyone or committed adultery or robbed a bank." Many people today believe the misconception that being "good enough" will get them into heaven. But in Romans 4:13-16, Paul silences that misconception in an emphatic way. As he points to his religious Jewish audience, full of people who believed that the Law of Moses would grant them entrance into Heaven, he reminds them (and us) that the standard for eternal life is not moral goodness . . . it's perfection.

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