Legalism is a self imposed form of bondage. If we allow ourselves to be yoked (enslaved) by it, we will always be striving for acceptance and either become proud and judgmental or insecure. When have we done enough? In contrast, Jesus in Matt 11:29-30 said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Those who do not recognize or acknowledge the righteousness that comes from God by faith in Christ will attempt to set up their own (See Rom 10:1-4). They fail to submit to God’s righteousness. And they remain lost and enslaved. They are trying to gain, acquire, earn or achieve acceptance.
There is nothing we can do to achieve that. Why does God love you? Because He chooses to! We are made in His image and have a value and worth beyond our reckoning. This is a liberating truth! Nothing within us can change this. Salvation comes not to the worthy - we are all unworthy. There is an equality of need before the cross. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And are justified (declared righteous) freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Rom 3:23-24). This cannot be earned or merited. God in His grace gives it. Get your mind around this: You cannot, will not ever be good enough to acquire peace with God. But God, through Christ has done it for us, for you! You cannot earn it and you cannot lose it. It is a work of God from beginning to end.
Abraham knew about grace. He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6, see also Rom 4 and Gal 3). For those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteousness of God is theirs. They are accepted by the Father through the work of Christ. He will not leave them or forsake them. He begins a work in them the moment they place their faith in Christ and will complete it (Phil 1:6). There is freedom in this! There is security! There is ultimate confidence!
God will not abandon or forsake you. If as a believer you turn from Him, rest assured, He will not turn from you. But fasten your seat belt, He disciplines and corrects those He loves!
Salvation is not “fire insurance,” but entrance into life, life in His family. If anyone foolishly thinks it is merely a license to do what they will now that they are in the door, they deceive themselves and are not truly saved.
So we end where we started. God will not forsake His own. Not now or ever. Our salvation is His work. Trust Him for salvation. Accept and rest in His grace. And know that you are loved and that nothing can change that (Rom 8:38-39). Love in Jesus, Tony