No Law, No Love
As we near the end, false prophets are supposed to appear and take away God's law.
Mat 24:11-12 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
The whole point of all of God's law is love, loving God, and loving others. When we abolish it (mostly because of Paul according to Peter - 2 Peter 3:15-17) it creates lawlessness. Even if we abolish just some of it, it creates problems. The less law there is, the less love there is. Sure, we have plenty of grace (God loving us), but what about loving God and loving others?
The Law is God’s instructions on how to love God, how to love others, and how to not love yourself.
(Ex 20:6)(Deut 5:10)(Deut 7:10)(Deut 11:13)(Deut 11:22)(Deut 30:16)(Deut 6:5)(Lev 19:18)(Neh 1:5)(Dan 9:4)(Mat 22:35-37)(Matthew 10:39)(Mat 16:25)(Jo 14:15)(Jo 14:21)(Ro 13:9)(1 Jo 5:2-3)(2 Jo 1:6)
Thus, no law, then no love, as sad as that is, that is what so many doctrines promote. They are saying and promoting philosophical feelings of love, love , love, but from a practical Biblically defined perspective, they are either abolishing love or diluting it, rendering it largely ineffective and impotent. God's law is restrained from doing what it is supposed to do, which is to be a light to the nations.
We need to stop focusing so much on ourselves (grace/God's love) and start loving back (obedience).
We are to preach the Word (which includes all of the OT), not abandon it, dilute it, take away from it, or ignore it...even if there are teachers promoting such doctrine
2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
God's law is what the Bible defines as truth (Psalm 119:142). Anything contrary to God's law is a myth or fable, completely lacking the foundation of the Word.
If you are not interested in loving God back or loving others through obedience to His law, then the Bible says we should question whether or not we have even received His grace!
1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth (God's Word/Law) is not in him.
Because in the end knowing Him (The Word and Word made flesh - John 1:14) is what matters:
It is better for the below verse to shock you to reality now, than later when it is too late:
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Our salvation is all about grace indeed. But we must have faith, believe, and commit in the Word (God) to receive His grace. That is the ONLY requirement. BUT, what does that mean?
IF you TRUELY believe in something inwardly (faith in the Word), then the evidence of that will be seen outwardly (doing the Word). Thus it is not works that saves us (outward) but the inward (faith) that save us. Yet, faith cannot exist without works, because it is the PROOF that you even have the inward faith to begin with!
James asks in the same context:
James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
You are now equipped to test your faith, and examine yourself.
Which side of the fence are you going to be on as it relates to Matthew 7:21-23?
2 Cor. 13:5 5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
We often forget that Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh. The Word that was in Him is the same Word that is to be in us. The same Word that was inwardly in Him is the same Word He outwardly practiced.
What Word do you practice? Are you doing things that Jesus (Yeshua) did and practiced that can be found in the Word of God? Are you doing some or all? Why? Are you taking Peter's warning seriously? (2 Peter 3:15-17) You were warned in advance.
Perhaps it is wise to take this more seriously now, so it is not so serious later. Test these things and test yourself.