Legalism

In the kingdom of God, we are tempted to make things happen. Common sense tells us to take matters into our own hands, because it won’t fall out of the sky into our laps.

The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise.
Galatians 4.23 NLT Continue reading

In a world that judged wisdom as the maximum, to call someone a fool was almost an insult. For Christians to act according to the foolishness of the world, however, was the last straw.

Are you so foolish? Although you began with the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by human effort?
Galatians 3:3 NET

Behind the verse is the great contrast Spirit/flesh. The Galatian Christians were being led to adopt a greater religiosity, following the teachers who insisted on observing the law of Moses. But Paul describes this religiosity as carnality, based on human effort, bound to fail, falling under the divine curse.

We started in the gospel by faith in Christ. Let us continue in that faith. From faith to faithfulness. For in it is our spiritual inheritance.