Monday, May 18, 2015

Legalism will NOT bring you closer to God

Paul’s letter to the churches in the province of Galatia has been referred to as the Magna Carta for Christians. 

The original Magna Carta of 1215 A.D. provided for certain freedoms of both peasants and nobility, and is the basis for much of our (United States) Bill of Rights.

The Letter to the Galatians is Paul’s defense of the freedom we have in Christ in opposition to the teachings of those who would bring believers under the rules and regulations of the Judaizers.

While Paul was dealing with a specific form of legalism that was slipping into the church, the principles laid out apply across the centuries to our own day.

Legalism will NOT bring you closer to God.

However, it is that desire of sincere Christians to please the Lord that allows them to be brought under the bondage of a legalistic approach to the process of salvation.

Paul asks us to look at the fruit of this lifestyle in this letter. “Does it produce righteousness?” (Gal. 3:10-14)

He calls the legalistic approach to perfection “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6-8).

The apostle gives the basis for his understanding as being by revelation that completely changed his approach to God (Gal. 1:12).
He was originally a zealous Jew who strictly adhered to the traditions of that religion (Gal. 1:13-14).

Through the next four chapters, Paul contrasts the Jews’ religion with the gospel which is based on faith.

We will look at those aspects in the coming weeks.


Beginning this week and continuing for six weeks, Practical Bible Teaching will be hosting two guest bloggers, Stacey Eutin and Jonathan Hill.

The three of us will write from each of the chapters of Galatians. Hopefully, this will be a blessing to you as you read from the differing perspectives brought together as one by the Holy Spirit.

Stacey’s blog can be found at Crooked Places Straight.

Jonathan’s blog can be found at The Hill House. (As far as we know, Jonathan and Dale are not related closely—maybe back 20 or 30 generations; but not in any way we recognize.)

You will learn more about these two servants of God as the week progresses.

I encourage you to visit their sites and be blessed with what the Lord has given them to share with the Body of Christ.

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