The Bonds of a Legal Spirit

“Do you ask, my reader, what is a legal spirit from which the Spirit of adoption frees us? I answer, it is that bondage which springs from looking within yourself for evidences, for comfort, and for motives which can only be found in looking to Jesus. It is a spirit of legality which prompts you to be incessantly poring over your works, instead of dealing simply and solely with the finished work of Christ. That is a spirit of bondage which makes a Christ of duties and labours and sacrifices, of duties and confessions and faith, rather that directly and supremely dealing with Him ‘who God made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’ (1 Cor. 1:30).

Beloved, your works, your doing, your sacrifices, as means of comfort and as grounds of hope, are nothing but filthy rags, the bones of the skeleton, the chaff which the wind scatters. Why have you not joy and peace in believing? Simply because, unsuspected by yourself, you are putting your own work in the place of Christ’s work. Oh that you may be led to cast yourself more entirely upon the atoning sacrifice of Christ; to believe God looks not at a single work you do as justifying you in His sight, but that He looks only to the divine, sacrificial, flawless, perfect work of His beloved Son! If He is pleased to accept you in his Son, are you not satisfied to be so accepted? If the blood and righteousness of Emmanuel are enough for God, are they not enough for you?”

-Octavius Winslow Help Heavenward pg 86 &87

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4 thoughts on “The Bonds of a Legal Spirit

  1. Ooooooh, these are wonderful words! I haven't read any Winslow, but I might have to now. This is something that I have been thinking A LOT about lately-something the "Give The Grace" book really challenged me with and something that is transforming my relationship with the Lord. Things that I knew, but somehow was still fighting against. I guess we will always be fighting against our idolatrous hearts! What a beautiful truth, that he accepts you gladly in his Son. Praise God!

  2. Jessalyn – Yes! Everyone should read Winslow. He is so good. This is my first book by him and it's truly wonderful! I would recommend it to all Christians. You can read it online or download it free here 🙂

  3. "If He is pleased to accept you in his Son, are you not satisfied to be so accepted?" Yes! Yes! Yes! And yet, my nature, my fallen sinful nature asks, "Is there nothing left for me to do, not even the smallest little thing like accepting or choosing, that I might take some credit, however small it may be?"Awesome post!!!

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