Paul said of His fellow-Israelites, “For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:2-3).
It was heartbreaking to the Apostle to see so many of his countrymen following their own ideas of what made them right with God instead of obeying God’s plainly revealed plan. Some of their problem was prejudice, some of it was ignorance, some was stubbornness, and much of it was reinforced by the religious “experts” among them.
The truth that saves, both then and now, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sadly, some in our day have treated it about like first-century Jews had treated the Law: adding provisions the Lord did not, rationalizing away some of the more stringent requirements, or simply ignoring commandments one does not like.
All of us would do well to freshly reread the New Testament, asking ourselves: Am I truly following God’s plan or one of my own?