Redeemed from the curse of the law!
Scripture reading for September 17th: Galatians 3:8-22
“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:8-9) The Gospel of salvation by faith is nothing new and unheard of. God announced this Gospel to Abraham in the form of a promise to the nations: “All nations will be blessed through you.” Paul was chosen to lead the outreach to the Gentiles as an apostle.
The false teachers were trying to get these Galatians to keep the Old Testament Law. Paul told them that all who rely on keeping the law come under a curse because no one is able to keep the law! The law is not based on faith, but on human effort and works. Jesus Christ came to redeem men from the curse of the law and failed human effort. He became a curse for all mankind by taking our sins and dying on a cross. (Galatians 3:13-14) By faith in Jesus Christ, all the blessings promised to the Gentiles through Abraham now come to us as a gift of grace. We only believe and receive the promises! This is the Gospel of salvation by grace though faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord!
Paul next considered two questions about the law. “What then is the purpose of the law?” “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3: 19,21) Paul explained that the law was added because of transgressions until the promised “Seed” of Abraham came, Jesus Christ. The law could only reveal transgressions, not bring righteousness. It brought a knowledge of sin to all men. The whole world was then accountable to God for breaking His laws. It did not oppose the promises of God which were received by faith. The law demands works, the promises encourage faith.
Thank God for His redemption! We are no longer under the curse of trying to keep the law! We have been given grace by simply believing in Jesus Christ, Abraham’s Seed. He took the penalty for our law-breaking by becoming a curse for us, dying on a cruel cross! We are free from the condemnation of breaking that law again and again. Now in the Spirit, we want to do what the law requires and have the power to!