Galatians 3:10–14 (ESV)
The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
10 For all who rely on works of the
law are under a 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.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live
by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a
tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
You cannot be saved by the Law, no one can live
up to it. If there is no law, you can do whatever you want. The law sets limits. The law also protects. Have you ever driven down a rode with a police car behind you and not know what the speed limit is? How good of a guesser
are you? You could always speed up until the police pull you over, but that is costly. The problem is that we cannot live according to the law. It is impossible! Even the best (legalist) fall short and will be asking for mercy.
We have a merciful God who does not look to the law to justify someone for their salvation, but he looks at their faith. Do you believe or not. Verse 11 states that “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The
righteous shall live by faith.” Jesus came and lived the law perfectly and substituted his life for ours and God accepted the substitution at the cross.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for
you setting us free from the law. I repent of the sins I have committed and I want to do better. It is such a relief to know that I’m not judged by the law and my failures to maintain. Your grace and mercy is overwhelming. Amen.