If one has received Christ, how can one fail to live a righteous life?I have already proved that not only was Christ the Lawgiver at Sinai, but I have also proved that the law of ten commandments is a reflection of Christ’s character. If we receive Christ into our lives, we receive the law also. His promise is to place His law in our hearts, and He promised also that if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, then we will be filled. How can we fail? If we have received Christ then the righteousness of the law will be reflected through us as sure as apples grow on apple trees. It is a natural fruit of being connected to the vine. If your life does not however reflect the righeousness of the law, then the only conclusion one can make is that
a. you are not connected or
b. you are refusing all that Christ has to offer. You aren’t yet fully surrendered.
The question ought not be what punishment awaits if I fail, (because it is not a matter of ‘if’) the question should be “if my life isn’t measuring up to the righteousness of the law of Christ then have I truly and fully received Christ?”
Look at the promises:
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Surely all the fulness of God must include the righteousness of God!
And that very last verse is the whole reason we ought to obey God’s commandments. To bring glory to Him.
Phil 1:9 ¶ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.