For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
So, because we have the Grace of the Lord that now has brought all people salvation. It doesn’t give us the right to take it for granted as many do. Grace is but for a time, it is not for ever, there is still the responsibility of those who come to Christ to LIVE the way He has trained us through this Grace period.
So, for those who add terminology to Sctipture that is not there. Like the word legalism, of which the Scriptures term is RELIGIOUS. We still have to do something to recieve the forgiveness of God. You are shaking your head no, but we do have to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, and RENOUNCE our life as a sinner, so Grace has not been wasted on us. Grace and Mercy is for all of us. Yet, Mercy is especially applied to us who are saved, because of what we now know of God, that excuses no longer cover sinfilled actions that we tried to apply to Grace that already gave us Salvation. Understand it in this fashion. If you recieved a bill in the mail for a past due notice. Two things will happen in reaction to your respose from that one letter giving you grace to get the payment in. Now if you do not pay it within the allowed time, they are on the way at a specific time to either collect in person or take from you what you owe. Your sin, is not paying, after the period of grace allowed. That is what gives the collector the right to come out and physically take from you what you owe. With Christ there is nothing you owe, but what He paid for is your loyalty and all He is looking for from you and I is that we change from being wicked in our deeds. Mercy can happen in the world. Thats when a collector says it is to cold to shut you off and give you more time even though he/she may not be allowed to do so. They might go somewhere and waste time to give you a little mercy (compassion). Because they understand what the company doesnt care about.
So, for those trying to apply mens terminology to Gods logic and Commands, know that we all must come to Christ willing to change and match up to the standard set in motion by the Law that Christ fulfilled but had not done away with. He covered us in Him which makes us able to fulfill the necessary requirements of Gods order. Legalism is the letter, and the letter is the Law, the Law is Gods Word. So, do we stop doing the Word for fear of missing the mark, because we cannot remeber the Law? No, we follow the rules by following Christ. From there we will meet Gods standards and His Law.
(note: this is the opinion of the author. It is not a one man interpretation.)