DAILY DEVOTION, Nov. 7, 2021
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) (Galatians 3:10-13).
Do you want to be saved by observing the law of God? If that is the path you choose, you are under a curse. The law of God does not grade us on a sliding scale. If we obey 51%, are we good with God? – – – or maybe we need to score 60% or 80%. No, if you want to be accepted by God through obedience to the law, you must score 100%. The conclusion? Since none of us score 100%, the law cannot justify us. Faith is what justifies us in the sight of God.
The good news is that Christ has set us free from the curse of the law. He became a curse for us. That means He took upon Himself the judgment (curse) that we deserve. When He hung upon the cross, He absorbed God’s curse for us. We are redeemed from the curse of the law by faith in Jesus. While we cannot keep the law, we can trust in Jesus. Hallelujah!
Father, I thank You for reaching down to me in the person of Jesus, bringing salvation to the world. Thank You for making the way clear and simple. You ask me to exercise faith in Your Son. By faith alone, I am accepted into the family of God. May Your name be praised forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.