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?