“Therefore the Law has
become our tutor to lead us to
Christ, so that we may be
justiﬁed by faith. But now that
faith has come, we are no
longer under a tutor”
“Therefore do not let anyone
judge you by what you eat or
drink, or with regard to a
religious festival, a New Moon
celebration or a Sabbath day.
These are a shadow of the
things that were to come.
The reality, however, is
found in Christ.”
“You foolish Galatians, who
has bewitched you, before
whose eyes Jesus Christ was
publicly portrayed as crucified?
. . . d i d y o u r e c e i v e
the Spirit by the works of the
Law, or by hearing with faith?
Are you so foolish? Having
begun by the Spirit, are you
now being perfected by the
So then, does He who provides
you with the Spirit and works
miracles among you, do it
by the works of the Law,or by
hearing with faith?
Faith in Jesus
THE GRACE OF JESUS
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:
WITH GOD REPLACES RITUAL
FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT
REPLACES THE BONDAGE OF
THE LAW & RULES
JESUS & THE INDWELLING
HOLY SPIRIT REPLACES THE
TYPES AND SHADOWS OF
O.T. RULES AND RITUALS.
THE FREE GRACE OF JESUS
REPLACES ALL STRIVING TO
Saved by grace...not of works
Examples of Christian Legalism
• Works Salvation: Need Jesus +
something else to be saved.
• Works Holiness: Focus on external
things to earn God’s favor
• Jewish Ritualism: Celebrating OT
Jewish holidays and traditions as
superior to other forms of worship.
Depending on out-dated Jewish
rituals and traditions to get closer to
God rather than our direct
relationship to the Father through
Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
• Gentile Ritualism: Only one way to:
hold Sunday services, to use some
spiritual gifts or to baptize people.
• Man-Made Prohibitions: Christians
cannot attend movies, listen to
modern music, dance, smoke
tobacco or drink any alcohol, play
cards or participate in mixed
bathing, mixed marriages, recreate
on Sundays or speak in tongues.
Women cannot wear makeup, jewelry
Jesus Fulﬁlled the Law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the
Law or the Prophets; I did not come to
abolish, but to fulﬁll. For truly I say to you,
until heaven and earth pass away, not the
smallest letter or stroke shall pass away
from the Law, until all is
accomplished” (Matt. 5:17-18).
“For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus
Scriptures on LegalismScriptures on Legalism
Gal. 3:24-25 Law was a temp OT tudor
Col. 2:22-23 Human rules not = God’s rules
John 1:17 Law via Moses. Grace via Jesus
Rom. 14:4,10 Don’t judge. Let God
Jude 3 Protect essential Gospel
1 John 4:1 Test the spirits
Matt. 16:6,12 Beware of “yeast” of legalism
Gal. 2:11-14 Peter rebuked: Aiding legalism
Gen.17 Ex.24 OT is Covenant Only With Jews
Gal. 4:9-11 Warning on OT Religious rituals
Gal. 5:1-4 OT Circumcision vs. Jesus
Ritual & Rules Over Relationship
Works Over Grace
Pride Over Humility
Conformity Over Freedom
Outward Over Inward