By Richard Sison | 2016
In 2 Cor 3:6, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” Those who accuse the Messianic believers as legalistic are using this verse to differentiate the Letter and spirit of the law or the literal meaning of it versus “intent of the letter.”
Legalism is further defined by the accusers as the excessive and improper use of the law (10 commandments, and Torah as a whole). This "act of legalism" can take different forms to wit:
A person who attempts to keep the Law in order to attain salvation.
A person keeps the Law in order to maintain his/her salvation.
Christian who judges other Christians for not keeping certain codes of conduct that he believes need to be observed.
Should we not obey the "letter" if we are fulfilling the "intention" of the Law Maker?
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