Jesus came and strengthened the law: He changed "an eye for an eye," to "turn the other cheek;" and "love your enemies," to "bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you." He made adultery, not just the act, but the thought in the heart. He made murder, not just the act, but the anger and hate in your heart. He told us not to repay injury or insult. He told us that restraint of sin was not enough, but that we were defiled by what was in our hearts; so our hearts must be cleansed of the desire or inclination to sin.
After the Law and before Christ, the only people who received the favor of God were those who walked to the best of their ability, closely conforming to the Law's requirements; those who ignored his Law were disregarded by Him, Heb 8:9. Because of Jesus' tasting death for all men on the cross, with only a belief in His name and humble sorrow for the past, we can approach God by faith in the name of Christ to be able to receive the operations of his changing grace to purify our hearts, whatever our burden of past sins may be. He can now make you perfect in every good work to do what pleases him; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union that is now available to all who go to him for change. The power of God to change you is released by: 1) belief in the name of Jesus Christ, 2) belief in the good news promise of release from sin with entrance into the kingdom of God, and 3) the inward cross of self-denial. These wonderful, but forgotten, promises were made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, whose ignored warnings - teachings, and promises, were treated with contempt by Israel then, and by Christendom today. Without any fear of God, Christendom ignores his teachings, his commands, and his warnings; thus they deny him as Lord and Master. As you read this Bible, with commentary, you may attain the way to salvation and disprove others, while discovering the hidden depths of the gospel that Jesus came to deliver.
"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil, (George Fox)." BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10. From the Voice of the Lord: "He awaits you."]