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"The Works of the Law" and the Curse of the Law and All those who try to keep it and obey it!!!

Now if you are keeping up with me so far, you may be able to stand on through verse 12. I'm going to suggest an interpretation of these verses which is not common and will require some effort to follow. If there were any way I could make this simpler, believe me, I would. The usual interpretation of verses 10–12 says that Apostle Paul contrasts the Mosaic law with faith and argues that since no one keeps the Mosaic law perfectly, all are under a curse. My understanding is that Apostle Paul contrasts faith not with the Mosaic law itself, but with legalism and that the Mosaic law itself pronounces a curse precisely on that legalism. I know the word "law" in verses 11 and 12 refers not to the teaching of Moses but to the distortion of the law into legalism by the Judaizers. Let me just paraphrase it for your consideration and then move on in the Lord Jesus Christ new covenant truth.

(10) "All who cease to live wholly by faith and apply themselves to keeping the law in their own strength in order to earn God's fullest favor are under the curse of the law. For in Deuteronomy 27:26 it says people are cursed who try to keep the law but neglect those parts which teach the evils of self-reliance and legalism. They don't do all the things written in the law; they neglect the weightier matters like faith, as Jesus said.) (11) It is patently clear that justification can never be achieved by legalism ( "Law" in the distorted sense ), for Habakkuk 2:4 makes clear that faith, which is the opposite of the pride of legalism, is what makes a person righteous before God. (12) But legalism, is not rooted in faith; on the contrary, it has roots in the Judaizer's slogan from Leviticus 18:5, 'He who does them shall live by them,' by which they mean Contrary to God's intention: 'If you expect to gain life, you must add the effort of your own flesh to the faith with which you began.'" Where in your own bible it says that any Gentile preacher could pay the tithe or offerings for the people of the Lord?


If you take these verses in the usual way and make verse 12 teach that the Mosaic law was not based on faith, then there seem to be major contradictions in Elder Paul's teaching. For in Romans 3:31 he said that the law is established, not overthrown, by faith. And in Romans 9:32 he said that the law itself was intended to be followed by faith not works. So it seems to me that we honor the near and distant contexts best by taking law in Galatians 3:11 and 12 to mean legalism, not the law as Moses taught it. But grace is pure, But if you add anything with grace it is no longer pure and you are no longer right with God, What you are really and actually saying is, This, What The Lord Jesus Christ did or done on His cross, Is Not enough to save or to redeem our sins, And you spit in the Face of God.


So the Bible truth of the passage is this: "good," moral, religious people, who have not been crucified with Christ and do not have his Spirit empowering them with humility and joy and love by faith, often come into the church, espouse the doctrines, and undertake to work for God in the power of the flesh, and are, therefore, under a curse from the law itself.

Biblical truth in verse 13, "Christ redeemed the Hebrews, the Jews from the curse of the law." Apostle Paul knew that he stood under a curse for all the years he had devoted to legalistic law-keeping. He said in Philippians 3:6 that from a legal standpoint he had been blameless. He excelled all his contemporaries in zeal for the law ( Galatians 1:14 ). But he did not know the first thing about the obedience that comes from faith in reliance on the Holy Spirit And so he was under a curse with the rest of his kinsmen, who were striving to "establish their own righteousness under the Law" ( Romans 10:3 ).


And what hope is there when you have tried to bribe God with your pitiful virtues? When you have insulted the all-sufficient Creator by teaching the Gentiles Believers to keep parts of the Law and obeying Old Testaments Covenants and paying ten percent of their income according to the old laws: your morality in exchange for his mercy? No hope at all, unless God, in His remarkable love, is willing to transfer your sentence of death to another. The heart of the gospel is that Christ, who knew no sin, was made to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ). Jesus was not guilty of one moment of legalism. He trusted his Father perfectly and lived in the power of the Spirit. He fulfilled the law perfectly because he knew that at the root the law taught faith which worked through love. The God I know and serve loves a cheerful giver, Not a lawgiver. Period.


Surely Jesus Christ has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, Jesus was bruised for our iniquities; upon Christ was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes, we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. ( Isaiah 53:4–6 )

The good news for people who have come under the curse of God for the sin of moral self-reliance (and that is all of us at one time or another) is that "God was in Christ reconciling us to Himself." There is a way out if we look away from ourselves to Christ and hope in The Lord while we live.

The final high-level statement is in verse 14, which says that God's aim in providing Christ as a saving substitute was that "in Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."Apostle Paul sees the blessing of Abraham summed up in the Holy Spirit, and (as v. 5 says) the Spirit is received through faith. When you quit holding on to your desires for self-exaltation and look away for righteousness and strength to the grace of God, then you experience the power of the Holy Spirit.


And the connection between verses 13 and 14 teaches us that the substitutionary death of Jesus purchased for us the right to receive this incomparable gift of the Spirit, and shows us that the only way to receive it is by looking away from ourselves to Christ crucified

So what is Brother Paul doing in chapter 3? He is pleading and arguing with the Galatian Christians not to be bewitched by the Judaizers who want them to supplement a life of faith with the effort of the flesh,

So I close by putting before you the way of blessing (v. 14) and the way of the curse (v. 10). What sets you under the one or under the other is not so much what you do as the spirit in which you do it. Circumcision is the "works of the law" and trying to please God by obeying and trying to keep parts of that which has oast away. Subjecting yourself to certain dietary restrictions may be a "work of the law" or a free act of love which comes from faith. all these may be "works of the law" which we do in our strength, to move God's favor our way, or they may be done in humble reliance on the strength which God freely supplies that in everything he may get the glory. The decision of curse or blessing hangs on how you obey Jesus Christ, God's Son, or will you obey your lying spiritual churches leaders.


When I was preparing my studies on this, the major battle that I was fighting was not the struggle to use as much of my effort as possible to study up on what the Holy Spirit might ask me. The major battle was the fight of faith. Did I really believe that when Jesus died, all my curse was lifted so that I could say with Scripture, "What can man do to me" ( Hebrews 13:6;) ( Romans 8:31–34 )? Did I really believe that the death of Jesus is the pledge of God to withhold no good thing from those who trust Him ( Psalm 84:11;) ( Romans 8:32 )? Did I really believe all things would work together for my good ( Romans 8:28 )? Did I really trust the counsel of Christ when He said, "Do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit" ( Mark 13:11)? This is the struggle of the everyday Christ Believer life, and it is your most important work every day: how to keep your day's activities from becoming works of the law, and how to live by faith in the Son of God who loved you and gave Himself for you to redeem you from the curse of legalism. Stop saying Jesus paid it All and All to Him We owe if you really don't believe it... Stop saying Jesus said, Holy Father it is Finished and He gave up His life, Remember what The Creator God and heavenly Father said, He said, This Is My Beloved Son and In Him I AM Well Pleased, Hear and Listen to Him, Not me, you or them, But The Lord Jesus Christ Only, He is The Living Word, The Way, The Truth, The Life, and The Light. On Christ The Solid Rock We Stand, All other ground is Nothing But Sinking sand,


Period and Amen.


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