We Are Not Justified By The Law
The Scriptures distinctly teaches us that we are not justified by the law nor is the law a rule of life.
That which can only curse can never justify and that which can only kill can never be a rule of life (Romans 3.20).
Both the Jews who had received the law and the Gentiles who had never had the law were now to be saved through grace (Acts 15:11). Not only were they to be saved by grace, but also they were to stand in grace (Romans 5:2) and to “grow in grace” (II Peter 3:18).
All who seek to put believers under the law are tearing down the very foundations of the Christian faith.
Listen to the strong words which came from the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:12.
“I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”
It is as clear as the noonday sun that the law is neither the ground of life to the sinner nor the rule of life to the Christian.
The Lord Jesus Christ is both the one and the other, He is our life and our rule of life.
The law can only curse and kill, Christ is our life and righteousness. He became our curse by hanging on a tree. He went down into the place of death and judgment and by his death completely discharged all that was or could be against us “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”
By Scott Richardson