The word ‘sanctification’ has become another one of those words that makes people uncomfortable, like ‘repent’, where it needs to be defined otherwise legalistic definitions automatically spring to mind and weigh you down. I read an article on sanctification yesterday and it was full of requirements, burdens, unrealistic expectations and false doctrine. I think what…
What does it look like when I’m responding to God’s grace in Christ vs. when I’m caught up in legalism/works?
To be a person of grace, we really need to understand what grace is. Unfortunately we’ve heard the word grace and its definitions so many times that we’re almost immune to it.
The Bible doesn’t really use the term “legalism.” The Bible uses the word “works,” but it basically means the same thing. It’s really critical that we understand God’s system of grace and faith and how it differs from a meritorious / works approach to God. Grace “works” by faith, and Merit systems “work” by effort, work, and personal merit.
Do we realize that we’re struggling with a legalistic view? Here’s a test: If you believe that you will or won’t be blessed by God, or close to God because of something you’re doing or not doing, you’ve stumbled into legalism.