As we continue our study of this great epistle of Galatians (in preparation for my teaching this book to the students at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Korea), we are thinking about chapter three. Paul deals with the theme of justification by faith (vv. 6-9). But how is justification accomplished by the Lord Jesus?
Those who rely on the works of the law are under a curse (v. 10). Why? Because that kind of justification requires perfect obedience to the law (an obedience impossible for us to attain).
We are told that “the righteous will live by faith” (v. 11). However, it is a faith in GOD, not in oneself! The expression “the righteous shall live by faith” is used in Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:16-17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38.
Our inability to keep the law perfectly puts us under the “curse” of the law (v. 12). But Christ redeems us from that curse by becoming a curse for us (v. 13). His substitutionary death on the cross brings the Abrahamic blessing and the reception of the Spirit to all who believe (v. 14).
If you’re right now not shouting “Hallelujah!” (at least inwardly), check your pulse. You might be dead!