IN THE SIGHT OF GOD
September 26, 1993
INTRODUCTION: In these few verses Paul draws conclusions from
the argument which he has now presented by illustration in the
case of Abraham. He now shows that those who are arguing for a
return to the law as a means of justification (right standing
with God) are actually trying to bring the people under the
curse of the law. He points out that the scripture itself
indicates that man will be justified by faith and not by works,
in the sight of God.
The Judaizers wanted to seduce the Galatians into a religion of
legal works, while Paul wanted them to enjoy a relationship of
love and life by faith in Christ. Faith is liberty, not a
license. God's perfect law condemns. Its power is to reveal
sin, not to redeem sinners. Law demands complete obedience and
rests not on mercy, faith, and grace.
I. THE CURSE OF THE LAW. v.10
A. ITS CONDEMNATION. 10a
"curse" - it was God's penalty of
death enacted upon any man who did
not "keep all the commandments."
Deut. 27:1, "And Moses, with the
elders of Israel, commanded the
people, saying, Keep all the
commandments which I command you
Deut. 28:15, "But it shall come to
pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto
the voice of the Lord thy God, to
observe to do all his commandments
and his statues which I command thee
this day, that all these curses shall
come upon thee, and overt ...
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