Looking unto Jesus and not at the Law. The Law gives commands but gives no strength to carry them out. The Law always condemns and never pardons. If we put ourselves back under the Law, we take ourselves away from grace. Insofar as we make our obedience the means of our salvation, we lose our peace, our joy, our strength, for we have forgotten that Jesus “is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Rom. 10:4).
She and her husband had for a number of years placed the credits of their faith on the performance of the Law. They had found themselves in a group of like minded people. They held Bible studies to discuss ‘the weightier issues’ of the faith such as determining the proper length of a skirt, the merits of mascara, or whether it was right to own a T.V.
Now she was on the phone in a cry for help. She had overheard my wife tell someone how much she loved God’s Word. She called to confess that she didn’t love the Bible. It was a book that constantly voiced its condemnation of her actions and thoughts. Over the phone, I read with her the entire book of Galatians. I offered no commentary. Then I asked if I could sing her a song. I sang poorly but with love, “Free from the Law oh happy condition. Jesus has died and there is remission. Bruised by the fall and cursed by the Law. Christ has redeemed us once for all. Once for all, oh doubter believe it. Once for all, oh sinner receive it. Cling to the cross your burden will fall. Christ has redeemed us once for all.”
Years later she and her husband were laughing with us over the grace of God in their lives. “What was the turning point?” My wife asked. “God gave me the book of Galatians and he taught me a song.” Was her answer.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." …Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree") … the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:10,13,24
Can We Pray? Righteous Father, praise You for that righteousness which comes to us in Jesus Christ alone! What a delight there is to have Him cast away from us the burden of sin’s condemnation and to carry out in us the joy of living for and with our Redeemer. Thank You for the boldness You grant to come by Him into Your presence and to play before You as children forgiven and accepted in Your love. In His name. Amen