Mr. Legalist, Mr. Higher Experience and Mr. Faithful

Mr. Legalist Mr. Higher Experience Mr. Faithful
Performance Radiance Mercy
“Do like Jesus” – my Example. “Be like Jesus” – my motto. “Behold Christ Jesus” – my Substitute.
External works Internal holiness Contemplation of Jesus’ works and His holiness

What is the motivational key text?

” . . . the doers of the law shall be justified.” Rom.2:13. “. . . . be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit . . . ” Eph. 5:18. “. . . .[Christ] loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.
I must do as He did. I must be filled with the Spirit as He was filled. “. . . . He was wounded for [my] transgressions, He was bruised for [my] iniquities: . . . with His stripes [I am] healed.” Is. 53:5.

Where is the focus of attention directed?

On outward standards, performance, deeds, behavior patterns. On inward impressions, emotions, feelings, and flights of ecstasy. On blessing others for whom Christ died.

Does it matter how we press on the upward way? Does it make a difference which pair of glasses we wear (legalism, mysticism, or gospel glasses)? Does our concept bring us into bondage, or does it make us free?

A prisoner of self because of always toiling under the burden of fulfilling the law for his acceptance. A prisoner of himself because unless he bubbles, radiates, glows, and has a high and mighty experience, he must doubt whether he is born again. Free to serve others and love Jesus even though he daily mourns that he falls so far short of what is expected of him. Also free to be himself and never afraid to confess the very worst thing about himself.

How will our “gospel” cause us to regard our brethren?

“. . . I thank Thee, that I am not as other men” Luke 18:11. “. . . that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.” 1 Cor. 4:6 (cf. 2Cor. 10:12). Acceptance and fellowship are based on, rooted and grounded in Christ’s performance and experience of doing and dying-His life and death.
Superior Other’s inferior Others precious
No hope False hope Blessed hope