Paul emphasizes that our forgiveness is based on Christ’s work on the cross, not our righteousness. He gives a warning for the church to ensure they guard against any sort of false teaching that would seek to convince them to trade in the fullness of the substance they had received in Jesus, for the hollowness of lesser shadows. Legalism and performance-based living will never make us right with God and we are not to judge one another based on our ability to follow the rules. We guard against these things through the power of Christ and the truth of the Gospel.
Pastor Bill West
July 7, 2019