Love for Jesus and following God’s word is the key
You are not far off, John. But here are a few things to consider. We are under the law. The concept of grace replacing the law comes from man not from God. The Bible was originally spoken by God and written down in Hebrew. When translated into English, the Hebrew word Torah was translated as law. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible. Of the 224 times “law” occurs in the Bible, only three came from a word other than “Torah.” Grace did not replace the Torah, it complements it. Jesus said in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed [are] they that do his (God’s) commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” The ‘tree of life’ grows in the city called the “New Jerusalem” which is where the Throne of God is, and the commandments (Exodus 20) are part of the “Law” or Torah. Jesus also said in Matthew 4:4 “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” and God spoke every word of Torah.
As for being saved, Jesus said Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books (Scriptures) were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
We are not saved by our works, but we are judged by our works written in the book of life as they comply with the word of God, written in the books f the Scriptures. Love for our fellow man is one of the key factors which Jesus displayed, another is following every word which God spoke.
RICHARD A. NELLIS