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Legalism vs Fruits of Love

 

 

In 1 Corinthians 11:1, apostle Paul demonstrated all of these as “following Christ”.

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1, KJV)

 

Is that “legalism”?

 

No.

 

Then, what is legalism?

 

Legalism is only when one obeys the commandments of “men” (not God) e.g. Matthew 15:9 & Colossians 2:22 (please note the phrase “commandments/teachings of men” in each of these verses).

“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9, KJV)

 

“Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (Colossians 2:22, KJV)

 

Keeping the commandments of God is part of Agape, not legalism. For example:

 

“If you love (Agape) Me, you will keep My commandments.” –Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:14, NASB)
“You are My friends if you do what I command you.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:14, NASB)

 

What about “fruits” of Love?

 

Regarding “fruits” (Matthew 7:20), “Lawlessness” is “not” part of it (Matthew 7:21 – 23) Despite the Christian ministry done “in His Name” (please note the word ‘many’ in Matthew 7:22):

 

“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

 

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

 

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:20 – 23, NASB)

 

P/S:

 

God decides whether to show Mercy or Judge first (His Choice):

 

“For He says to Moses: “I will show mercy to whom I may show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I may have compassion.” (Romans 9:15, BLB)

 

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