Our fulfilling God’s law in loving others is not the ground of our justification. The ground of justification is the sacrifice and obedience of Christ alone, appropriated through faith alone before any other acts are performed. Our fulfilling the law is the fruit and evidence of being justified by faith (Rom. 3:20–22, 24–25, 28; 4:4–6; 5:19; 8:3; 10:3–4; 2 Cor. 5:21).
May I just issue a resounding, “Amen!” I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, Christians who are in tune with the Hebrew Roots of our faith, and even more often those of us who might be called “Torah pursuant” are often accused of believing that our justification is found in the way that we walk out our faith. I have not yet met someone about whom this is true, however.