Apostle Winfree James R, Winfree Sr./ The Lord Jesus Christ Kingdom, Faithful Servant, Blogger, Publisher, Writer:


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For all who rely on works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by All things written in the book of the law, and do them." Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for "He who through faith is righteous shall live"; But the law does not rest on faith, for "He who does them shall live by them." Christ redeemed them ( Hebrews and Jews ) from the curse of the law, having become a curse for them, for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree", that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles Nations, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


When Apostle Paul says in verse 10 that "all who rely on works of the law are under a curse," it reminds them, those Jews and Hebrews of 1:7, 8, where he says, "There are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed." Evidently, Apostle Paul believed that there was teaching among the Churches of Galatia which was so destructive to Believers in Christ and so dishonoring to God that it merited a divine curse. It was teaching propagated not by secular humanists from Athens but by God-fearing Jewish or Hebrews Believers" Church members from Jerusalem. The reason the book of Galatians has such a radical, life-changing message is that it pronounces a curse from God not on atheistic or agnostic outsiders but on professing Christ Believers who try to serve God in a way that diminishes his grace and cultivates their own pride.


Galatians is God's reminder to Bethlehem that we are in constant danger of false assurances. Satan is continuously at work tempting us to think and feel that because we use God-talk, and come to church, and pray at meal times, and avoid gross sins, we are, therefore, under God's blessing. But the book of Galatians concerns a group of people ( Called Judaizers ) who do all those things and are under God's curse.


Therefore, the way to listen to this message from Galatians 3:10–14 is in a spirit of sober self-examination. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves to see whether you are (Standing) in faith Alone. Test yourselves. For you should know yourselves, that Christ Jesus is in you unless indeed you fail to meet the test." Whenever the Word of God is faithfully preached, you are given a standard by which to test yourselves. It may affirm the reality of Christ's work in your life and send you rejoicing with new power. Or it may prick your conscience and send you to prayer and repentance. But God forbid that you should Not take this message seriously from Galatians as applicable only to believing Jews and Hebrews or only to your degree of blessing in heaven. It is written for the Church and the issue is the continental divide between divine blessing and a divine curse.


Yes, "Those who rely on works of the law are under a curse." The opposite of the curse is a blessing. This is clear from verses 13 and 14 where it says that Christ became a curse for them and us that we might have the blessing of Abraham. And since the blessing ( according to verse 14 ) is the Holy Spirit, the curse must be at least the absence of the Holy Spirit. So when verse 10 says that "those who rely on works of the law are under a curse," it means that they are without the Holy Spirit (as 3:5 says). And that means that they are cut off from God and that his wrath abides on them. So you can see how crucial it is to avoid being one who relies on works of the law. What does that mean?


There is no Greek word for legalism. When Apostle Paul wanted to refer to the legalistic misuse of Moses' teaching, he either had to use the term "law" and trust that the context would clarify the meaning, "misuse of law"; or he had to use a phrase like "works of law" which for him always had a negative, legalistic meaning. We know from the context of 2:18 that Elder Paul distinguished what Moses really taught from what the Judaizers did with his teachings.


There is a difference between the law as God intended it and law as legalism. You recall how Apostle Peter, who had been eating with Gentiles (in 2:12), withdrew under pressure from the Judaizers. He had been Free from the dietary laws but then began again to follow them and to imply that for Gentiles to be Fully Christ Believers, they had to do this, too. Apostle Paul saw this as out of sync with the gospel ( 2:14 ), and also as contrary to the law itself. He said in 2:18, "If I build again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor." That is if we have ceased to depend on "works of the law" to show our worth to God, but then start to use the law like that again, then we show ourselves to be transgressors. Of what? Of the law! The law itself condemns the use of its own commands as a way of proving our worth to God and trying to earn his blessing. Brother Paul uses the term "works of the law" to refer to this legalistic misuse of the law.


So the "works of the law" in 3:10 does not refer to obedience which comes from faith, but to self-reliant efforts at obedience which are the very opposite of faith. That's why "works of the law" are contrasted with faith in verse 5: "Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?" "Works of the law" are not the "good works" that a Christ Followers does in reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. They are the self-reliant effort to demonstrate virtue to man and God. Therefore, the phrase "works of the law" are synonymous with legalism. And as we saw from 2:18, the Mosaic law itself condemns legalism. Churches, Ministers, Believers please study and read Hebrews Chapter 7.


God gave the law to show His chosen people at that time, Hebrews and Jews, the route to heaven along which the power of the Spirit would pull us if we were coupled to Him by faith. But the Judaizers, and many religious people today who know nothing of living union with Christ, took the Old teaching of the law and raised it up on end and turned it into a ladder on which they would climb up to heaven by their own moral initiative. Wherever that happens, you have legalism or, as Apostle Paul says, you have "works of the law."


Now I hope we can see what verse 10 is getting at. In verses 1–5 the Judaizers had told the Christ Lovers Galatians that it is OK to start the Christ Believers life by faith, but then later you have to do some of the work yourself. You began by faith in the power of the Spirit. Now you have to complete yourself by works in the power of the flesh. Apostle Paul's answer is that it can't be done. The God who goes on supplying the Spirit and working miracles in the Believers does so only by faith, not by works of the law. Verse 10 confirms this with these stark words: If you start with faith and then shift over to "works of the law," you are going to be under a curse you Pastors, Preachers, Members who try and keep the law, Old Testament and it's Old Covenants.


Notice carefully. The curse in verse 10 is not because you fail to do the works of the law. It is because you do them. The advice of the Judaizers to supplement faith with "works of the law" has exactly the opposite effect from the one intended, it brings a curse, not a blessing. It was when Elder Peter started keeping the dietary laws that Elder Paul said he was out of sync with the gospel and transgressing the law. It was when the Judaizers wanted to keep the command to circumcise Titus in 2:3 that Apostle Paul said the truth of the gospel was about to be compromised. The problem with the Judaizers is not their failure to follow the detailed statutes of the law; the problem was that they missed the larger lesson of the law, namely, that without a new heart (Deuteronomy 30:6, 7) and without the enablement of God ( Deuteronomy 4:30, 31;) ( 5:29; 29:4) and without faith ( Exodus 14:31;) ( Numbers 14:11;) ( 20:21;) ( Deuteronomy 1:32 ), all efforts to obey the law would simply be legalistic strivings of the flesh.


Old Jewish or Hebrews Laws, Old Testament, Old Covenants Tithing, Mixed With Christ Grace Will Not Get one into heaven, Only Christ Jesus Amazing Grace Alone.


Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?.. Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?... Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?... It is people of faith, not works, who are the children of Abraham and who inherit his blessing. Believers who take up works of the law are under a curse. The law itself pronounces it. The substitutionary death of Christ is our only and all-sufficient hope of escaping God's wrath. And because of it, God is willing to grace us with his very Spirit when we repent and turn away from self-confidence and put all our confidence in Him( The Lord Jesus Christ alone), that is, when we are crucified to the old way of legal effort and live, instead, by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. Our Jesus Paid It, All and All to Him, We Owe!!!.





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