Vs. 10, “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Grace & Law…Law & Grace…many Christians have misunderstood both. Paul begins to show foundational truths with a few points points to prove. 1. Paul reminds the Galatians that they received salvation not by law, but by Grace…for them to revert back to the Law was outright foolish! 2. Paul then goes on to use Abraham as the example, because the Galatians law observers were trying to use Abraham as their example to follow the law, but Paul was showing them they were misinterpreting God’s Word (and that is a very dangerous thing…Satan did the same thing too). 3. Paul finishes his defense with a very logical point. God had made a contract with Abraham well before the law was ever put into place (400 plus years Vs. 17). The law of Moses could never logically cancel out Abraham’s Covenant with God.
Regarding application…Why have the Law? Ahhhh…great question to ask =) 1. The law was temporary and only for Israel (vs. 19-20). God never gave the law to Gentiles (Rom. 2:14)…the moral law was written on our hearts, but the ceremony law of the Israelites was never given to us Gentiles. The law was added but not meant to replace God’s original covenant with Abraham. 2. The Law convicts us of sin, but does not save us from sin (Vs. 21-22). Think about it…if the law saved sinners, why then would Jesus have to come & die for us? 3. The Law prepared the way for Jesus! Some pastor likens the law to a schoolmaster for young children. Paul eloquently reminds us of a very important foundational truth in vs. 28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Amen!