it is clear that no one is justified [that is, declared free of the
guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing] before
God by the Law, for “The
righteous (the just, the upright) shall
live by faith.” But the Law does not rest on or
require faith [it has nothing to do with faith], but [instead, the
Law] says, “He who
practices them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall
live by them [instead of faith].” Christ purchased our
freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and
its condemnation by becoming a curse for us—for it is written,
“Cursed is everyone who
hangs [crucified] on a
tree (cross)”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing
of Abraham might also come to the Gentiles, so that we would all
receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit through
Week 3, Day 3, Read: Galatians 3:10-14 SOAP: Galatians 3:11 &
3:11-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
O/A : Living under the Mosaic Law did not bring blessing but a curse. The reason is that to obtain God’s blessing under the Law a person had to keep it perfectly, and no one could. Even one failure brought God’s curse.
In verse 10 Paul argued that anyone who seeks justification by works of the Law will suffer God’s curse. He or she will do so because he or she cannot keep the Law perfectly. In verses 11-12 he argued that justification by the works of the Law is impossible by definition.
Christ’s death has resulted in two blessings. The blessing of justification that Abraham enjoyed has become available to the Gentiles and the blessing of the promised Holy Spirit’s ministry to believers (Acts 1:8, 2:33).
The contrasts between faith and law-keeping presented in this section would have been especially persuasive to people such as the legalists of Paul’s day who regarded the Old Testament Scriptures as authoritative. They help us see the issue clearly too, of course, and they help us deal with legalistic false teachers of our day.
Paul was not saying that the Mosaic Law is valueless for Christians. The Mosaic Law is a part of the Old Testament, all of which is profitable for Christians (2 Tim. 3:16-17). He was saying that obeying the Mosaic Law never results in the justification or sanctification of anyone, Jew or Gentile.
I fail miserably when I try and keep all the laws, rules and regulations brought forth in the NT. When I repent and remember that its by Faith, The blood of Jesus, the Grace of God, His love and mercy that now cover me, I no longer have to live in shame and condemnation.
P: Thank you Father for giving us your son, who died for all our sins, to bring us back into a relationship with you, help us Lord, open our eyes, our ears to your words, to hold them with reverence in our hearts that we may not sin against you. When we do mess up oh Lord, you promise in your word, that when we ask for forgiveness you cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Hallelujah-- Praise you Lord
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With Love in Christ, Blessings to you,