Galatians 3:10 (CSB) - "For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed."
Paul offers us five arguments demonstrating the sufficiency of Justification by faith alone.
Paul starts with the argument based upon the Galatians themselves (verses 1-5). They became believers by turning to the Gospel (1-2). To obey means to yield to, or have confidence in (not works or actions). They were to have their confidence in the crucified Savior. Paul asks them, “Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or the hearing of faith?” They are becoming bewitched by turning from the true Gospel (verses 3-5). The word translated “bewitched” means to be charmed or given the evil eye. To put under a spell. So, he challenges them to consider, having begun with the Spirit – were they now made complete by human means? So – is salvation by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
He then gives an argument based upon Abraham (verses 6-9 and 15-18). Paul starts by considering how Abraham was saved (verses 6-9). In verse six Paul refers to Genesis 15:6 - "just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?" In the following verses (7-9) he stresses that our salvation is only for those who are of the faith are true sons of Abraham (consider Gen. 12:3). He teaches them that Abraham was saved by "the seed" - Jesus Christ (verses 15-16). And, if that is not enough, consider that Abraham was saved 430 years before the Law was even given,
The last of the arguments we will consider today is from the Law itself (verses 10-12, 19-25). There is a major problem with the Law for salvation (verses 10-12). The only way to have salvation is to keep the whole Law. The one trying to stay under the Law must live by the whole Law – or they are accursed. James teaches – that if one breaks one point, he is guilty of the whole law and condemnation (2:10). In this passage we find a reference to Habakkuk 2:4. Some have called this the "Song of the Reformation." It is called in Latin - Sola Fidelis (faith alone). This quotation is found three times in the New Testament. I believe God wants us to get the message!
Paul gives the purpose of the Law for man (verses 19-25). He says it points out our sin (19-20). It prepares us for the Savior (21-25). It is our tutor, the one who was responsible for the care and discipline of the children. It taught us how we failed.
Tomorrow we will meditate upon the final two arguments that Paul gives to prove the facts behind our freedom.
Prayer: Thank You Glorious Father that You have made Your Plan, Purpose, and Provision is made clear as we study Your Word. May I live in the excitement of of freed man - yet a bondslave to You. Amen.