Many “discipleship” books will talk about the extremes of legalism (being entirely for the law) and license – being totally without law. They attempt to strike a balance. We’re free in christ, they say, we’re forgiven, but we must keep close to the law, or we will just run wild. This type of teaching ignores some important realities.
There is much loss that comes from putting oneself under law. Christ “disappears” and is not the treasure of our heart, and without Him, there is no possibility of bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
Anyone who thinks that he will be blessed because of his law keeping is not thinking in line with what the scripture reveals about the purpose of the law.
The purpose of the law’s exposing is not that we would merely “feel bad about ourselves” or feel guilty. It is to bring us to a place where we no longer look to the SELF as the source of anything good for God.