15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
Galatians 3:15-16, English Standard Version
It is through His death on the Cross that Jesus redeemed the world out of the slavery and from the curse of the law. He did this by becoming a curse on behalf of us. In doing so Jesus made it possible for all who believed in Him to become the children of Abraham by grace through faith.
The Judaizers claimed the law is still applicable to the Gentiles in some ways because they conceived the idea that the Law of Moses took precedence over God’s promise to Abraham. The Apostle Paul countered the Judaizers by showing that God’s promises to Abraham cannot be revoked even by the Old Covenant. This promise of great blessings came on the basis of faith was made to one singular offspring of Abraham, Jesus Christ and from whom all who are in Him, are included in that promise forever.
Our Christian life is not about how well and perfect we keep the Law but our belief in Christ is what determines our right standing with God. To reinstate Old Covenant law and practices is to nullify what Christ did on the cross. The law can never make us perfect and as such, we cannot look to an old covenant that led many to death and was powerless to transform or save.
Knowing that we have been approved by God through a perfect standing in Christ, we can go beyond the demands of the Law through His grace by faith. We look to the Spirit of Christ whose power is working within us for transformation because He is the beginner and perfecter of our faith. God will empower us to produce the fruits of His Spirit, which is the very and faultless character.
When you have God’s character living in you and working through you, you will make no provision for the flesh to sin. Living by the Law doesn’t take faith but lots of hard work is required and still not enough to please God. Living by faith is the only way to please God. It is obeying what the gospel says about your and our new identity in Christ, that bears the fruit of obedience of faith, and is never a struggle but a restful life.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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