Why living in legalism is bondage . Okay let's start with the view of legalism. Basically means of keeping all the Jewish regulations such as keeping all the 10 commandments and other things. WHen I was a little girl and my younger adult years as well that's the way I use to act making sure I did not break one, well least in my point of view. I was like the rich young ruler. As the word of God says in Matthew 19:17-20- “When you call me good you are calling me God,” Jesus replied, “for God alone is truly good.[a] But to answer your question, you can get to heaven if you keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied, “Don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself!”
“I’ve always obeyed every one of them,” the youth replied. “ Because legalism will pretty much having you depending on your strength and working out your own salvation. Which is very hard to live righteous and also puts you under the curse of the law. AS the word of God says in Galatians 3:10- But [L For] those who depend on ·following [L the works of] the law to make them right are under a curse, because the Scriptures say, “·Anyone [All; Everyone] will be cursed who does not ·always obey what [keep doing everything that] is written in the Book of the Law .It will have you looking to your self instead of Jesus who has already died for our sins and given us his righteousness. As the word of God says in 1 Peter 2:24- Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so that freed from our sins, we could live a life that has God’s approval. His wounds have healed you. So back to legalism it teaches you to not lean up on the power of Jesus but our own feeble strength. It also calls us to fall from the grace of God. As the word of God says in Galatians 5:4- Those of you who try to earn God’s approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God’s favor. Plus it has you going back to the same sins, that Jesus Christ has always destroy. As the word of God say in Galatians 2: 18- But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. Not only that but it still arouses sinful passions to inside of us. As the word of God says in Romans 7:5- While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. Look at the verse it says we are bearing fruit to death. Legalism will literally have you just religious conscious but not faith conscious. It has you boasting instead of boasting in what Jesus Christ has done. As the word of God says in 1 Corinthians 1:31- in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Legalism is not freedom indeed. it nothing but self righteousness and filthy rags, and forever like a crooked arrow that misses the mark. As the word of God says in Isaiah 64:6- For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. So how can we put our trust in that system when Jesus has already done away with the old one. It's all about the new covenant. As the word of God says in Hebrews 8:13 -The mere fact that God speaks of a new covenant or agreement makes the old one out of date. And when a thing grows weak and out of date it is obviously soon going to be dispensed with altogether.So don't live by your strength any more, don't try to keep al the 10 commandments in your strength any longer. Instead depend on the power of the Holy Spirit. As the word of God says in John 15:4-
·Remain [Abide] in me, and I will ·remain [abide] in you. A branch cannot produce fruit ·alone [by itself] but must ·remain [abide] in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must ·remain [abide] in me. So I hope you can understand that it is really about Jesus and not of ourselves. After all that is the secret to keep us from boasting.
If you want a relationship with Jesus and freedom from the law. Say this prayer in your heart. Lord Jesus I am guilty as the blood on my garments. But your blood speaks my forgiveness and me being brought back to God. I want to serve you from with the Spirit and not with the old law. So I come to you Jesus and believe that I am healed by your wounds. In Jesus Name . Amen
Praise God you are new creation. Get you a new king james version bible. Go to a Good fearing church and that preaches the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.Read the word of God daily, pray daily with through the word of God. Hang with the body of CHrist.and fellowship with the body of CHrist. God bless you on your journey in Jesus Name.