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,…
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.
There are many grace truths that I have learned that I would never have been exposed to if I had been a “success” as a Christian. Some truths seem to only come to light if you’re prostrate on your back looking up at everything. One of the best helps to knowing grace is to fail.
“The mind set on the Spirit is the mind that has been fundamentally touched so that it no longer responds as a slave in bondage to fear, but a son beloved by the Father.”
“The more we are conditioned to the tone of grace, the more we find that it is at odds with almost every voice in the world. We cannot feel at home in the world when we have known this voice!”