This guest post comes to us from Maria Rockhill, who has recently relocated to one of the wetter parts of Texas to be part of the Living Way church plant in Bryan along with her husband Steve.
It isn't coincidental that our opening exercise scripture passages the last few soggy, academic days have focused on the discrepancy between God's power and man's. For it got me to thinking about the harsh, beautiful disparity between legalism and grace.
Legalism is the detailed, endless, futile pursuit of holiness via adherence to the tertiary.
The Gospel is the precise, powerful, gracious antidote of true liberation in Christ.
Legalism struts its self-righteous rags of license and bondage.
The Gospel humbles us by clothing us in the lavish, unmerited righteous robes that declare both our liberty and freedom in Christ.
Legalism says: "Look what I can do."
The Gospel says: "Look what Christ did."
Legalism is death by works.
The Gospel is life by grace.
No, they cannot coexist.
They are anathema to each other.
Soli Deo Gloria.