Jul 21, 2019. Galatians 3:10-14, From Curse To Crown

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FROM CURSE TO CROWN. Galatians 3:10-14.  07/21/2019. #10. AM.

Galatians 3:10-14 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

  1. Paul rationally lays out a case against Judaizers
    1. Paul uses a series of disconnected concepts to show truth
      1. The Law only brings a curse to those living by it
      1. Christ became a curse in order to save us
    1. Paul emphasizes a profound truth—A PERSON WILL BE JUDGED BY THE STANDARDS THEY LIVE BY
      1. Matthew 23 Jesus condemned the Pharisees based upon their own stated rules
      1. Legalists are hypocrites who violate own rules
  2. The Law brings a curse
    1. Paul establishes 3 principles for those who try to justify themselves through Law keeping
      1. One who seeks to be justified by the Law must KEEP ALL THE LAW ALL THE TIME
      1. Any violation of any of the Law at any time brings the CURSE of the Law on the violator
      1. Principles of justification by faith and Law are mutually exclusive (no mixture of principles)
    1. The Law is not cursed, but the Law becomes a curse to those who violate any part of the Law
    1. The law is an aid to bring people to faith {important}
      1. The Law is not evil or cruel
      1. The Law directs man to God
      1. The perfection of the Law teaches man that God is perfect it men is flawed, Incapable of spiritual perfection or self—directed holiness
      1. Since the Law cannot justify man, man is totally incapable of producing his own salvation
      1. Man must depend upon God to provide a means of salvation (faith, truth}
    1. The perfection of the Law removes the false illusion that man can save himself by his own efforts
    1. The importance of the Law: ONE MUST KNOW THAT HE IS COMPLETELY LOST BEFORE ONE SEEKS GOD
      1. The only choice left is to trust God for salvation
      1. One must preach Law before one can preach grace
      1. Habakkuk 2:4 the just shall live by faith
  3. Jesus became a curse for us
    1. Jesus Christ took the curse of the Law on himself
      1. Jesus is perfect and flawlessly fulfills the Law
      1. Jesus took upon the guilt of sin he didn’t commit
    1. Jesus becoming a curse is pejorative and not symbolic
      1. Both the curse was real and the payment was real
      1. Jesus did not become a curse as our representative, but he became a curse as our substitute
    1. Through being our actual substitute (taking our place] he bought us back [literally, redeemed us from the marketplace where we were slaves to sin]
    1. Paul does use the commonplace “saved from sin”, but instead “became a curse“
      1. Deuteronomy 21:23 cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree
      1. When Joshua captured the 5 southern kings in a cave he killed them and hung them on trees in disgrace
      1. Jesus took the curse of the Law on himself for our sakes so we may be redeemed (I Peter 1:10-21)
    1. Christ became a curse to remove the curse from man
    1. Christ‘s payment was complete and Spirit given to us