Does Matthew 19:17 infer that one can gain heaven by keeping the law?

If not why did Jesus tell the Rich Young Ruler the following: "If you want to enter into life (eternal life) keep the commandments"? BTW, the context has to do with the moral law (see verses 18,19)

Matthew 19:16 - 17

NKJV - 16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? 17 So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 31 2018 Mini Robert Broyles

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