Paul quotes Deuteronomy 27:26 to prove that, contrary to what the Judaizers claimed, the law could not justify and save; it can only condemn. As we talked about yesterday, breaking even one commandment brings a person under condemnation. And it reasons then, that because we all have broken the commandments, we all stand condemned. The law can do nothing to reverse the condemnation. What a conundrum! However, God had a better way as He punished Christ for our sin as the curse of the law was on Him as He hung on that cross. Believers, we will not have to bear the punishment of death our sin deserves because Christ took that punishment for us. We must now receive that free gift of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf through repentance and faith in Christ as the only provision for that forgiveness! Have you done that? If not, do it today!
Questions for further thought:
1. In the contrasting ideas given above, what value system are you putting your trust in?
2. Have you ever found yourself in the cycle of “I’ll do better next time” or “I’ll never do that again”? What are some examples? What were the results?
Challenge: Do a word search in your Bible this week of law, substitution, and grace. Use your Bible’s concordance, dictionary, or Biblegateway.com. You may be surprised at the results.
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