The Curse of the Law

Series: Galatians

March 01, 2020
Pastor Joshua Lim

After the Apostle Paul argues that justification is by faith alone, he addresses the issue of justification through the works of the Law. Paul makes clear that all those who seek to live by the Law will need to perfectly do all of the Law. If not, they will die by the Law. The Law is inflexible and uncompromising. The Law demands perfection. And all those who don't measure up fall under its curse. But the good news of the Gospel is that Christ has taken on the curse of the Law on our behalf. And so instead of being cursed, all those who put their faith in Christ, are blessed and receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Episode Notes

  • Moralism
  • "Moralism is the attempt to deal with our spiritual failure, guilt, and shame by attempting to perfect one's self in the power of the self." (Dr. John Coe)
  • If you try to live by the Law, you will die by the Law.
  • Galatians 3:10-12
  • A. The Law demands perfection
  • B. The Law was never intended to provide justification
  • Christ bore the curse of the Law to give us the blessing of the Spirit
  • Galatians 3:13-14
  • 1. Repent of your righteousness
  • 2. Cultivate a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit

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