Originally posted by @rajk999
Here it is in one sentence:
The only One who can keep the commandments of Jesus is Jesus. [From Sonship]
Why is it a flaw
1. It was never stated by anyone in the Bible, Not Jesus and not the Apostles
The statement is about HOW deeply the believer must depend upon the Spirit of Christ. And it is echoed many places, For example:
" I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit,
for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Apart from the Christian abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in him, What can he accomplish for God ?
Once again Paul desired not to be found in his own righteousness which is by the law, but that which is through Christ by faith in Christ.
"And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness w hich is out of God and based on faith." (Phil. 3:9)
Paul sought for the subjective experience of righteous living which is out of God and based on faith in Christ. He had no confidence in his own religious self-righteousness out of law keeping devoid of faith.
Paul pioneered in righteous living. Yet it was Christ that lived out in him.
" I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
I do not nullify he grace of God; (Gal. 2:20,21a)
Paul unleashes the grace of God. Paul does not "nullify"
the grace of God rendering it inoperative or ineffective. Rather he utilizes to the maximum the grace of God - Jesus Christ LIVING in him.
2. It is contrary to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles
No it is not. It is according to what Jesus said about His resurrection. Because He lives, His disciples into whom He comes will live also.
" Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me;
because I live, you also shall live." (John 14:19)
These simple words should not be taken for granted. We believers will live righteously because Christ is resurrected and can live in us. Because He lives we also will live.
The very next verse 20
shows God and man mingled and united together in mutual indwelling.
"In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you." ( v.20)
3. It is in fact an insult to Jesus Christ.
It is a glory to Christ. That Christ in resurrection became a divine life imparting Spirit that we could live in union with the Victor, the Overcomer, Christ the God-man.
In fact Jesus said that the glory which God had given to Him He in turn gives to His redeemed people in whom He will live.
"And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one.
I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected into one, that the world may know that You have setnt Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." (John 17:23,24)
A keyword here is PERFECTED
which means a process. At the climax of this PERFECTING
Christ's glory will be the glory of the saints.
Our destiny as believers in Christ:
" To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen." (Eph. 3:21)
It leads to a dangerous complacency and fatalistic hopeless attitude.
It normally should lead to JOY and DEPENDENCE of Christ as the One Who is everything that we need.
The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in those who set the mind on the spirit where the Spirit of Christ is. The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in those who WALK by the Spirit living in their regenerated spirit.
"That which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit." (Rom. 8:3,4)
That means to WALK step by step minding the Holy Spirit Who has become "one spirit"
with the spirit of the born again believer.
"He who is joined to the Lord is one [MINGLED] spirit." (1 Cor. 6:17)
Rajk999 does not know the New Testament or the New Testament salvation.
So Paul the pioneer in living by Christ had NO CONFIDENCE in his religious zeal. All his confidence was in the "life giving Spirit"
- the Holy Spirit - that is Jesus Christ in His indwelling and "pneumatic" form.
"For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh." (Phil. 3:3)
Who did Paul boast in ? - Not in himself but in Christ Jesus as he lived and served by the Holy Spirit of God.