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Legalism Does Not Come from God!
Bible Verse Galatians 5:8
This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
Another characteristic of false teachers is they are not sent by God. In addition, because they are not sent by God, they are not under the guidance or influence of the Holy Spirit! Paul tells the Galatian church, "This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you." With this statement Paul makes two things perfectly clear. One the Judaizers were not sent by God. And second the Judaizers have nothing to do with God the Father, nor with Jesus Christ, who not only called the Galatians, but carried out the works of the spirit among the congregation. Moreover, Paul is making it clear to the Galatians that it is God in His sovereignty who calls all believers to Christ. We have to remember legalism was never from God, because God chose us for salvation before the foundations of the world were laid in place. Paul reminds us of that in his letter to the Ephesians where he tells us, "God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world." Paul also reminds us of this in his second letter to the Thessalonian church, where he says, "God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Dear child of God this is such an important point for us to remember. God's law is perfect and because of our sin nature, it's impossible for mankind to fulfill every aspect of God's perfect law. God gave us His law to act as a mirror to show us our sin! Without the perfect standard of God's law, mankind would be unable to fully understand our fallen state and our need for a savior. Therefore the law was meant to show us, that by the law no flesh can be justified. And therefore, the law shows us our need for a savior. In other words, as we compare ourselves against God's perfect law, it should become clear that all of mankind is in desperate need of a Savior. Moreover, without God's grace made available to mankind by God Himself through the incarnation, mankind would be hopelessly separated from God for all eternity. These are the basic facts of the Gospel and Paul has explained this to the Galatians in order to further demonstrate that legalism originates from Satan and the fallen world we live in. In addition legalism is fed by our sin-nature and our pride. But most importantly, legalism goes against God's grace and therefore is not from God!