The Pharisees of Jesus’s day were declared to be legalistic, not because they desired to be holy on the outside, but because they rejected the Messiah Jesus and His new and living way to become holy, that did not come by the workings of the old law (old system) but, by the purifying of the hearts through faith, (new system).
So If you find yourself being labeled as legalism (legalist) by your preaching of holiness, then maybe it is not your message of holiness that causes you to be labeled, but rather your application of how it is produced.
The following scriptures may help you to better understand the new covenant gospel of grace in it’s purest application as Jesus himself, the Apostle Paul an all the Holy apostles taught it straight from the book.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.
“And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better,” Luke 5:36-39.
“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the LORD, the vail shall be taken away.
Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD,” 2 Corinthians 3:13-18.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith,”Galatians 5:1-5.
“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness (holiness) come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain,” Galatians 2:19-21.
“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm,”1 Timothy 1:5-7.
“And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith,”Acts 15:9.
“To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ with all his saints,” 1 Thessalonians 3:13.
“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God,” Romans 2:29.
“Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also,” Matthew 23:26.
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch,”Matthew 15:14.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see,” Revelation 3:18.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire,” Matthew 3:11.
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,”Hebrews 10:9-10,19-20.
~ Kimberly Fuller