Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
To what conclusion does this bring us? Why, that the Gentiles, who were not in pursuit of righteousness, have overtaken it--a righteousness, however, which arises from faith;
For I bear witness that they possess an enthusiasm for God, but it is an unenlightened enthusiasm.
God, however, is only one. Is the Law then opposed to the promises of God? No, indeed; for if a Law had been given which could have conferred Life, righteousness would certainly have come by the Law.
as to zeal, a persecutor of the Church; as to the righteousness which comes through Law, blameless.
For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.
For if it is the righteous through Law who are heirs, then faith is useless and the promise counts for nothing.
How then does the matter stand? It stands thus. That which Israel are in earnest pursuit of, they have not obtained; but God's chosen servants have obtained it, and the rest have become hardened.
All who are depending upon their own obedience to the Law are under a curse, for it is written, "Cursed is every one who does not remain faithful to all the precepts of the Law, and practise them."
I once more protest to every man who receives circumcision that he is under obligation to obey the whole Law of Moses.
A man who has kept the Law as a whole, but has failed to keep some one command, has become guilty of violating all.