Le 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD. De 4:1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. De 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. All of the above scriptures make it clear that God is addressing unregenerated persons as He is calling upon them to obey the law in order to live. They were obviously in possession of physical life already. In other words they were not in possession of eternal life yet. Whenever, Christ was asked what a man can “do” to obtain “eternal life” he always said the very same thing – do this and thou shalt live: And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. – Lk. 10:25-28 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. –Mt. 19:16-17 NT Wright and his “New Perspective” view of justification says that the purpose of the “works of the Law” was to be part of the Jewish community rather than obtaining eternal life or entrance into heaven. Hence, Wright says that Paul’s denial of “justification by works” only means that one does not have to become a Jew to be justified before God. Wright vehemently denies that the "works of the Law" had anything to do with obtaining eternal life or "entrance into life" = heaven. However, both Moses and Christ repudiate the view of Wright. Both Moses and Christ said keeping the Law did in fact have everything to do with obtaining eternal life or heaven. There can be no question that both Moses and Christ told their audiences that if they kept the law they would obtain eternal life and enter into life eternal. However, both also equally denied that unregenerated man could do that. Therefore, Paul's denial that a man could be "justified works" was a denial that they could obtain eternal life, entrance into life (heaven) by doing the Law in their own body. The "law of God" given to Moses was the most comprehensive revelation given to man to define good and evil and thus if the Jew could not be obtain eternal life and heaven when he was in possession of the most comprehensive revelation of what to do and not do, then no obedience to a lesser revelation could obtain it either. The conscience did "the work of the Law" in providing a lesser revelation but the "work" had the same goal, and thus "ALL THE WORLD" and "EVERY MOUTH" was stopped and "no flesh" Jew or Gentile could obtain eternal life by keeping any standard of rightesousness. Wright and his "new perspective" is simply justification by works disguised under common Biblical terms for grace.