This article is part of Sister Michelle Watson's deep dive into the concept of "deny yourself" (Mt. 16:24, Mk. 8:34, Lu. 9:23, 3 Ne. 12:30). Today's sub-theme is self-justification.
After studying up on self-justification, I realized that a huge portion of scripture is devoted to reinforcing the fact that it's impossible. I can't justify my sinful self to a holy God. Scripture says over and over again that I can't possibly save myself by my good works, no matter how necessary those good works are to my discipleship. My sins require an infinite atonement, which can only be paid by Jesus Christ.
Back in Bible times, Paul had quite a time convincing the Jewish believers that Jesus fulfilled the law. The purpose of the Old Testament law wasn't to test humans and grant eternal life to those who "passed;" it was to show humans that they can never measure up to what it demands. They need a Savior. Here's some proof: