The Problem with Legalism

The problem with legalism, it destroys the soul in Hell: “It was not legalism for Jesus to do everything the Father commanded; neither is it legalism for us to do likewise.”

Herein lies the problem…you’re a sinner (Romans 3:23) and not capable of doing everything the Father commands; therefore, the Law, which mandates absolute perfection if righteousness is to be attained through same (Galatians 3:10; James 2:10; Deuteronomy 27:26), condemns you and provides you no form of atonement (Romans 3:20-23). But Jesus, Who is God born through the virgin womb (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:23-26) to circumvent the sin-nature passed to all of humanity through Adam (Romans 5:12), walked among us for 33.5-years and fulfilled the righteous requirements of the Law of God (Matthew 5:17) and pleased the Father (Hebrews 1; John 5:19); then, Jesus walked to the horrors of a Roman Crucifixion as the Lamb of God (John 1:29), established a New Covenant in His blood (Matthew 26:28) and shed His innocent blood onto the sands of Golgotha outside Jerusalem to redeem mankind from sin and provide a path to covenant relationship with the Father by grace through faith in Him as our Messiah (John 3:16-18); forgiveness for sin is accessed by believing that Jesus died to pay our sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10) and thereby receiving the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness-perfection into our personal lives (2 Corinthians 5:21) and thereby being made “right” positionally with the Father, forever (John 14:6), and then receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit who is the Guarantor of our covenant relationship with the Father, forever, as the Holy Spirit walks us daily in obedience through sanctification in preparation for life with Jesus in the New Jerusalem (Ephesians 1:13-14; Revelation 21).

So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

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