Faith is what God has always looked for in man, before the law, during the law and after the law. Faith, faith, faith.
But again, let’s reign in our goofy tendencies here, is the law garbage then? Was the law some kind of divine booboo God regrets?
No! Faith does not throw out the law, what does faith do with the law? Let’s let Paul handle this one. “ Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Faith and law are not opposed to each other. Law cannot get you righteousness, but faith can. Once you have the righteousness that comes by faith, the law is like, “Hey, cool, that’s what I was thinking!”
The righteousness of God is revealed through the law, but only accomplished by faith.
Once it’s accomplished by faith, the law has no objections to faith. They are not opposed to each other (faith and WORKS of the law are opposed, though).
Again, Paul points to Israel as our great example, “But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone.”
When Israel saw the righteousness of God revealed in the law they said, “Cool, I can do that.” They failed miserably. God was looking for faith that results in the righteousness of the law, not works of the law that will never fulfill the righteousness of the law.
Paul’s own experience taught him the same thing. “not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”
There’s only one way to the righteousness of God: Faith. The law can show you what it is, but it can’t help you get it. The law can take you to your end and brings you to Christ.
We live by faith, by the Spirit and thus fulfill the law and do spiritual fruit against such there is no law. The Law does not bring obedience; it either brings rebellion or faith. Faith is the preferred outcome.