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.
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.