From Liberty to LegalismMarch 5, 2021
A Candid Study of Legalism, “Pharisees,” and Christian Liberty
by Timothy S. Morton
Timothy S. Morton
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All Scripture references and quotations are from the
Authorized King James Version of the Bible.
Legalism Verses Liberty
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1)
One aspect of salvation that seems little emphasized today is the fact that a born again Christian is free from the bondage of sin and the “yoke” of the law. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…,” purchasing our freedom with His blood, but as it was in Galatia in Paul’s day, so it is today; there are still those who wish to take a Christian’s liberty from him. Liberty must be jealously protected. If not, someone will invariably try to take it from him. From the influence of some “well meaning brethren,” the Galatians were considering attempting to keep the Old Testament law along with receiving the work of Christ on the cross. Their “friends” were convincing them God would be more pleased and they would be more “acceptable” if they kept His “holy eternal law.” Paul, however, rebukes them for such thinking and tells them only a “fool ” would willingly trade liberty for bondage (Gal. 3:1-5). “Stand fast” he adjures them.