It is through the finished work of the Cross that we are fully restored into a new and eternal relationship with God. We are in rest because our salvation is assured in a new covenant that is perfect in every way founded on what Christ has done on the cross. Galatians 3:13 tells us that the removal of the Old Covenant has taken away the sting and the curse of the Law that was against us.
Now that we are aware that the Law is holy, righteous and good (Romans 7:12), we need to understand that the Law was not given to save us but to point us to our need for a Saviour.
How does the Law do that? The Law does its job perfectly in three precise ways.
Firstly it demands our perfection by showing God’s absolute standard of us. Secondly it points out our sinful acts and sinfulness because we cannot live up to the high standards of a Holy God. Thirdly it punishes us for our sinful acts and sinfulness. This punishment is the curse of the Law of which the penalty is death.
11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
The Apostle Paul makes it clear here:
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.. Galatians 3:13
On the Cross Christ exchanged our lives with His life (2 Corinthians 5:21). In doing so Jesus removed every curse of the Law that was against us because He fulfilled every obligation of the Law on our behalf through His death on the Cross (Galatians 3:13). When the Law couldn’t forgive our sin, Jesus fully forgave all our trespasses (Colossians 2:13) because He took the punishment for our sins. Moreover in wanting to free us from any future curse of the Law, Jesus wiped away “the handwriting of requirements that was against us” (Colossians 2:14). Jesus did so by nailing them on the Cross in His death and resurrection.
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