Not Under Law

Galatians 3:10-14

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Galatians 3:10–14, ESV

The legal scheme that attempts to entrap many by telling us the things we must do causes many to fall because we are unable to keep the law wholly. It is through Christ and Christ alone we can find comfort and know the salvation that comes through faith. Prior to Christ, the promise was obscured because of the giving of the law to Moses, but Abraham was given the promise. The promised blessing given to Abraham was not based on fulfilling specific acts or doing works of the Law but on believing and holding fast to the faith in God. The Law was given to establish boundaries but also to give an opening for the reception of the promised offspring of Abraham, namely Jesus Christ. There are those that continually try to entrap the Christian in the Law by giving long lists of expectations. Are there expectations of God? Most certainly! These expectations, however, are not for salvation but in response to the fulfillment of the promise of Christ and the faith that has been received. We are not left to our own means to be secure in our salvation but simply believe. It is a gift given to us by God as He entered Creation through Christ. It is the promise that was given to Abraham and fulfilled through Christ, who took away all our sins and shortcomings and fulfilled the Law. Christ’s fulfillment does not abolish the Law, nor does it excuse our transgression of it, but it is the only means by which our faith can find us forgiveness for those things that we have done contrary to God’s Law and pray that we do not fall into transgression again. In this fulfillment, we have been given the promise of life eternal and claimed as children of God.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.