When you read the New Testament, you can see the conflict between the historic perspective of God’s law and the spirit of grace that the apostles brought from Jesus. As the apostle John had written, the law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Both schools of thought appealed to the same set of written words, but interpreted them in totally different ways.
The Judaizers believed the message of Jesus but clung to the law of Moses according to the flesh. That is, they wanted Gentile converts to be circumcised just as the Jews had always been circumcised. Paul spent much of his ministry arguing with them, pointing out that salvation was by the spirit of grace and that clinging to the historic practices was antithetical to truth faith. This took great conviction on the part of the apostles because they were disregarding millennia of practice that had begun with Abraham.
Let me ask: Do you read the New Testament today in a spirit of grace or in the spirit of law and flesh? By that I mean, do you – like the Judaizers – think that proper Scriptural interpretation means that people must be baptized, must take communion, must attend church, must tithe, and so on? If you read the New Testament in a spirit of grace, you don’t see it that way. Rather, you see that the New Testament saints engaged practices appropriate for the unique period of time in which they lived. Our inheritance from them is to imitate their faith, not their actions.
Without reading in a spirit of grace, we would be fighting with slingshots and the jawbones of donkeys. Without grace, we would be calling down fire from heaven on supposed enemies. Do you think it is only the Old Testament that we should read in a spirit of grace?
Notice that the more legalistically someone reads the New Testament, the less grace you see in their lives. Don’t be like them.