I heard what many would think to be a controversial statement as I listened to some teaching on Galatians this morning.
The teacher said, “Legalistic, religious people hate our liberty in Christ, and they will do anything to bring you under whatever their particular brand of bondage might be”.
Unfortunately my experience is that this is a true statement and is one you need to be aware of if you are trying to understand the truth about grace.
This is also what we see in Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia.
Grace takes the focus away from our sin and onto Jesus; grace tells us it is Jesus’ performance that is important and not ours.
Legalistic, religious people have this concept the wrong way round; they want us to focus on our sin and on our performance.
Sin is no longer the focus as Jesus has dealt with all our sin (past, present and future), so our focus needs to be on the answer to sin i.e. Jesus.
It was His performance that meant we have forgiveness, so it is His performance we focus on.
If we focus on sin and our performance this will force us into more sin, that is what the Word of God says (1 Corinthians 15 v 56).
Contrary to what many will tell you it is grace that provides a licence to be free from sin, it is law that gives you a licence to sin.
Be careful that you do not allow legalists to pull you back under law and into bondage (Galatians 5 v 1).
Stay well away from legalism, be aware that it exists and be aware that it is attempting to snare you and remove you from your freedom in Christ.
This is a real problem and a real danger!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven through the shed blood of Christ, and made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Christ”.
Galatians 5 v 1…..Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage