“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Romans 3:21-28 (NASB)
A lot of people today think that if they do the best they can, live a clean moral life, and treat their neighbors like they would want to be treated, what else do they need to do in order to be saved? But morality, honesty, and good works cannot save anyone. Man has nothing to do with redemption, except to receive it from God by faith through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
And when God redeems us, He puts within us divine nature [“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the lust of the world.” 2 Pet. 1:4]. And when God puts divine nature within us, we become His property; we no longer belong to ourselves [“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Cor. 6:19].
We are His purchased possession, precious in His sight, and He loves us.
“…why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.” In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as
commands from God.'”
Matthew 15:4-9 (NLT)