“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
We live our lives by the grace of God. As new creatures we are saved by grace through faith and not works. So if you are saved by grace, how do you think you can live your Christian life by works? If God saved you by His grace, why do you think you can survive as a Christian trying to live by your self-effort? It cannot work because they don’t agree, they don’t fit. In order for you to live your life by works, then you should be saved by works. But you are not saved by works because nobody can save himself. Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. Our salvation is through Christ and what He did on our behalf. He became who we are so that we can become who He is.
Peter, Matthew, Mark were under the law and so some of their writings in the gospel have elements of the law in them. They preached according to the level of the revelation they had. But Paul was not part of them. Paul got raised up supernaturally and revealed what benefits the believer has in Christ. Some of these people saw Christ die and crucified but they didn’t get the reason why He was crucified. They didn’t understand the benefits of His crucifixion. That is why His disciples asked: are you the one coming to restore the kingdom to us? They thought His kingdom was of the world. You are not made righteous by the works of the law but by the faith of Jesus Christ.
In other words, if you are living by the law, you will not be justified before God. You cannot be made right with God. And if you are not made right before God then it means you are walking under a curse. I encourage you to consciously live by grace today and every day.
Further Reading: Galatians 2:16-21
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 16-18; Evening- John 7:28-53