The Law given by Moses was never meant to be a means of attaining righteousness, it was revealed to expose sin, and bring guilt upon the self-righteousness religious person (Romans 3:19-20). Even so God’s people Israel still attempted to keep the Law in their zeal for Him, but always fell short of keeping their part of the Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-9) (Romans 9:31). God’s great love for “His People” caused Him to become a man Himself to fulfill their part of the Covenant, thus making it possible to always have an eternal Covenant with “His People” (Isaiah 59:16-17) (Hebrews 8:6, 9:15).
Nevertheless, there is a righteousness that God could not fulfill for “His People” and it is witnessed by the same Law and the Prophets (Romans 3:21). It is a righteousness that is only possible by obtaining His grace through a relationship of faith, and God expects all nations to walk in it. (Matthew 3:15) Contrary to the man pleasing teachers of the Day, Jesus DID NOT do everything for you. Christ is the end of the Law FOR righteousness (Romans 10:4). Jesus did not fulfill everyone’s obedience TO righteousness, because He could only fulfill His own righteousness. Yes, His righteousness is upon all “Believers” (Romans 5:19), but every man still must bear his own burden of obedience to the truth (Galatians 6:5), and walk in righteousness (Romans 6:19) (II Corinthians 10:6) (Philippians 2:12) (III John 4).
God is eternal and His Word is eternal truth. EVERY WORD God speaks is ETERNAL LAW, cannot be altered or changed once He utters it (Psalm 89:34), and every violation of His eternal Law will always have a just recompense both for “Believers” and non-Believers (Hebrews 2:1-3). The Creator owns all moral beings (Ezekiel 18:4), and holds everyone accountable to His eternal Law (Jude 6,7) whether they like or not.
The Eternal Judge must punish violations of His eternal Law or He is unjust. Yes, He already judged “sin” on the cross, but He always has and always will rebuke and chasten every man from Adam till eternity when they allow “sins” upon themselves, because True Love is confrontational (II Corinthians 12:20-21) (Hebrews 12:5-10) (Revelation 3:19). He may grant pardon for sins against His eternal Law for the “Believer” through the propitiation of His Son’s sacrifice, but He still expects both “Believers” and non-Believers to live by every Word of His eternal Law, and there is still a recompense for disobedience now in this lifetime and a final judgment (Jeremiah 9:23-24) (Acts 12:1, 23).
However, God always starts at Home, because He practices in private what He preaches in public (I Peter 4:17-18). AFTER forgiving King David of adultery and murder (II Samuel 12:13), the sword still never departed from his household as God promised, his newborn died, his daughter Tamar was raped by her half-brother Amnon, Absalom killed his half-brother Amnon two years later, and then Absalom was killed in battle in his revolt against his own father David (II Samuel 12:9-14) God cannot change (Malachi 3:6) (Hebrews 13:8). He does the same thing now in the New Testament (Acts 5:1-11).
All of the Prophets that God raised up for “His People” basically adhered to the same edict in Isaiah 1:19-20. God loved all 2,000,000 Israelites that came out of Egypt, provided for them SUPERNATURALLY every day till their last breath, but every one of them still eternally perished in Hell for their unbelief and rebellion against His Word (I Corinthians 10:1-12) with the exception of only 2 believing obedient ones, Joshua and Caleb. Only 2 of “God’s People” partook of His Rest in the Promise Land (Hebrews 4:1-6). God will always be satisfied with “One in a Million” any day, and let the deluded 999,999 disobedient unbelievers perish before He will ever compromise His faithfulness to His Holy Word, because His Name is only as good as His character. His Name is “Holy” because He always keeps and obeys the Eternal Word of God.
The righteousness of Christ may be the basis for the Mercies of David extended to the “Believer,” but God’s unchanging character and faithfulness to His eternal Law is also the basis for His chastisement of “His Children’s” disobedience and rebellion to His Word (Psalm 89:28-33) (Acts 13:34). Faith and obedience to the light of God’s Word always has and always will be the basis for our relationship with the Father (Psalms 18:20-23) and with one another (I John 1:5-7) (I Corinthians 5:11-13), His answering our prayers (I John 3:22) (Psalm 66:18) (Proverbs 28:9), and the fulfillment of His kingdom purposes in our lives (Job 36:10-12). God Personally called Abraham His Friend, because He believed and obeyed Him (Isaiah 41:8) (James 2:23).
Jesus finished His call, and fulfilled His own obedience by making the way for all men to come into relationship with the Father (John 14:6) (John 19:30), because He did not come into the world to please Himself. He came to do His Father’s Will (John 14:31). The Apostle Paul ran his race, fought his fight, and finished his course (II Timothy 4:7), because he did not count his life dear unto himself (Acts 20:24), and the only way any man will please God the Father, overcome their enemy satan, and fulfill their purpose in this world is by following their example, paying the same price of consecration to the call of God upon their lives, and separation from the entanglements of this world, hence, holiness (II Timothy 2:19-21) (John 21:20-22) (Philippians 4:9) (Revelation 12:11).
God’s eternal command will always be “Be holy for I am holy.” It was the same commandment in the Old Testament (Leviticus 11:45) and it is the same commandment in the New Testament (I Peter 1:14-16), because the Only True God cannot change His Nature, Character, and Truth and still be Eternal.