He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.
There are still many people who think they can achieve their salvation by keeping the commandments. However, the Bible is very clear about this and tells us that salvation is by grace, not by works of the law. The question then is should we keep the commandments? The answer is yes, but the reason is not because they lead us to salvation. In John 14:21 Jesus says we have and keep his commandments is to show that we love Him.
An excellent application for what it says John 14:21 is what he said the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon: “If Christ died for me, ungodly as I am, then I cannot live in sin, but I should get up, love and serve who has redeemed me. I cannot play with the evil that has killed my best friend. I must be holy for love of Him.” The act of keeping the commandments is our best answer to the salvation by grace that we obtained.
On the other hand, the American writer Tullian Tchividjian (1972- ) said: “You cannot cancel your sin to live observing the Law. Nothing can remove sin except the grace of God.” Tchividjian continues: “The Law brings us knees before grace. The gospel keeps us on our knees in gratitude.” What he says first Tchividjian is just what the Bible says about the Law is not useful to forgive sins. But our gratitude to whom saved us undeservedly should move us to observe the Law once we are saved.
We must be very aware of something about the commandments and grace. First of all, the Law clearly demonstrates our sinfulness. The application of the law of God is relentless; who violates a simple statute is guilty of all. Therefore, no one is innocent in the trial when the Law is applied. That makes it impossible for any person to acquire salvation through compliance with the Law.
As God is a just judge, He will not forsake sin, which is the same as a crime against Him, without retribution. If we endeavor to justify through the Law, no doubt we will be found guilty. That’s why someone should pay for our crimes and sins. Jesus Christ offered to be the scapegoat on which the full weight of the Law will be applied for our sins. In us it is to decide if we accept that pay for them or assume ourselves our punishment, which is eternal death.
If our decision is to accept the gift of love of grace, it is not possible that we intend to continue our past life back to God’s Law. God’s love and grace should move us to keep His commandments. There’s the new birth, to leave the past life of sin and take the path of holiness. To say that we accept the grace and keep practicing sin is a great hypocrisy and deception.
While keeping the commandments does not lead to salvation, once we are saved by grace, the Law leads us to holiness without which no man shall see God. Once we become to Christ is not God who is under our service as many may think, it is us that we have transformed into His servants and His children and as such we are subject to Him, to His rules not ours. God bless you.