Letter Vs. Spirit – Part 1: Legalism and the LawFebruary 8, 2021
(RuachHaKodesh, Session 17a)
What exactly is legalism? While that term gets thrown around a lot, it is not always clearly defined. Different people use it to mean different things. For some, legalism means salvation by works. For others, it is any attempt to follow a list of rules, no matter what list that might be. No one wants to be legalistic, but how would you know if you were? What does the Bible say about the topic?
This episode of the RuachHaKodesh series looks at three passages in Paul’s letters where he contrasts “the letter” with “the Spirit”: Romans 2:29, Romans 7:6, and 2 Corinthians 3:6. For some people, these passages speak of the difference between two different ways of trying to please God: one by following rules, and one by following the Spirit. But is that really what Paul is saying? Is it wrong to follow God’s rules? Join us as we attempt to unravel some of these questions. On the one hand, there is a legitimate legalism that is unhealthy that we as followers of Yeshua must seek to avoid. But on the other hand, God did not give us His Spirit to excuse us from following His commandments. On the contrary, it is His Spirit that enables us to truly keep them.