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Redeemed from the curse of the law!

Scripture reading for August 19th:  Galatians 3, Psalm 15, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures: Galatians 3:11-14 “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” 

No one can be justified by keeping God’s law because the law is not of faith but of works and human effort.  But God’s amazing plan was to sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to perfectly keep the law of God and be crucified in our place, becoming a curse for us.  Through faith in Jesus, the blessings of Abraham comes to all who believe–Jew or Gentile.  All who have faith receive the Holy Spirit and are adopted into God’s family.   What a blessing!

Faith Confession:  Thank You God for sending Jesus Christ to take the curse of broken law in my place through His hanging on the cross of Calvary.  I have received adoption through the gift of the Holy Spirit, who daily enables me to walk in grace and righteousness.

Psalm 15:1-2 “O Lord, who shall sojourn in Your tent?  Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; . . .”

 

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The curse of the law!

Scripture reading for August 19th:  Galatians 3

“You foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you?  Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?”  (Galatians 3:1-2)

False teachers had come to Galatia and told the church members that to be real Christians, they needed to keep certain parts of the Jewish law–particularly circumcision.  Paul used the rabbinic technique of asking questions.  He asked them to identify who it was that was ‘bewitching’ them.  He asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit through keeping the law or by faith.  The answer was obvious!

“All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written:  “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.  Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”  The law is not based on faith;  on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  (Galatians 3:10-13)

Paul explained that the law brings a curse on all those seeking to keep it.  It is the curse of sin and death that results from breaking God’s law for all have sinned!  But Jesus Christ took the curse of death by taking our sins with Him to the cross!  He was hung on that tree that we might believe on Him and be justified by faith!  This is available to Jew and Gentile!  Have you been redeemed from the curse of the law?

 

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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 demanded works, the promises encouraged 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 God’s law.  Now in the Spirit, we want to do what the law requires and have the power to do it!

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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!

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