Galatians Reading (#7)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Galatians 3:10-14
[3:10] 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.”  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”  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”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
- What is the state of all who “rely on works of the law” (v 10)? Why is that the case?
- What is one way that no one can be justified before God (v 11)? Why?
- How shall the righteous live (v 11)?
- What does Paul say about the law in v 12?
- What did Christ do (v 13)?
- What did he become for us?
- What evidence does Paul have for this?
- What came to the Gentiles through Christ (v 14)? How do we receive the promised Spirit?
- What are the “works of the law”?
- What does it mean to “rely on” them?
- For what might someone be tempted to rely on them?
- What does it mean to be cursed?
- Look at the quote from Deuteronomy 27:26 in v 10. What does Paul assume about your ability to keep the Law?
- How does that explain why no one can be justified by the law (v 11)?
- What does it mean that “the law is not of faith”? How is the quote from Leviticus 18:5 (quoted at the end of v 12) a demonstration of that reality?
- What does it mean that Christ “became a curse” for us? How does that serve to redeem us from the curse of the law? How was Christ “hanged on a tree”?
- What is the blessing of Abraham (v 14)?
- How does Christ make it possible for the Gentiles to receive it?
- What does that have to do with the Holy Spirit?
- How can you pursue righteousness by faith today rather than through the law?
- Do you ever feel condemned by your sin? How does the fact that Jesus became a curse for you set you free from guilt and condemnation?
- Do you ever stop and thank Jesus for enduring that for you?
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