The Righteous Shall Live By Faith
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
God gave us the Law – The Ten Commandments – to show us how we should live in harmony with Him, with family, and with others. The most important feature of the law, encapsulated within the Tenth Commandment, is that even if we, with our mouths and our actions, outwardly appear to fulfill the law, the attitudes of our hearts betray us. The law was intended to be a plumb line, showing us that with our sinful nature, we are incapable of keeping it in its entirety without the help of Almighty God. For if we could, Jesus would not have had to show us His example of submission to the Holy Spirit of God, saying only what the Father told Him to say, and doing only what the Father does. He could have done it on His own. As it is, those who place the law upon their shoulders as the way to God are under a curse. And Jesus tells us to take His yoke (burden) upon us, for we will find rest for our souls, and His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Live the Law
The law cannot justify a person. It merely identifies those under its curse as lawbreakers. Jesus Christ – simultaneously both man and God – was the only man ever to completely fulfill the law. Anyone under the law is required to keep it perfectly. The very first time that there is any deviation from the law, the person is guilty before God. And while the Jews were given animal sacrifice for their sins, it was merely as a type and shadow of the perfect sacrifice that would be made by the Messiah – Jesus Christ.
Christ and Christ alone was able to completely live the law without any deviation from it. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit within Mary, the wife of Joseph. He was conceived without sin, born of the virgin. Only someone who did not have a sin nature to tarnish their every thought, word, and action could be an acceptable sacrifice before God.
Fulfilled in Faith
The only way to fulfill the law is through faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The just shall live by faith. And just as Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, so our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ as a payment for our sin is credited to us as righteousness. It is through faith and faith alone in Christ that man is justified before Almighty God. In the great exchange, Jesus has taken our sin and imputed His righteousness to us.
Now, we can live in the power of the Holy Spirit. And when we are completely submitted to Him, it is God working through us for His goals and purposes, and we become merely tools. Our actions and deeds are no longer our own, but those of Almighty God, untarnished by our sinful nature. It is only in the life of complete submission to God that we are able to realize our full potential and fulfill the purposes that God has placed within us since before the creation of the universe.
We are redeemed by the blood of the lamb of God, Jesus Christ. As the perfect and only acceptable sacrifice for sin to God Almighty, we have declared legally righteous. It is up to us to embrace God through His love, mercy, and grace, so that we can live out our lives in a way that honors the sacrifice that Jesus has made.
Regardless of who is in governmental authority over us, we are to live our lives through faith in the One that has redeemed us. We are now free to live righteously before God through our continued and absolute dependence upon our deposit – the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit will enable us through strength and the living word of God to live for God as we were intended to live before Adam and Eve fell.
It must be remembered that those who are dead are no longer under the influence of the law. We have died to ourselves and have been made alive in Christ. Jesus Christ was crucified so that He would bear our curse of sin rather than us. And since we are declared dead to sin in Christ, and spiritually alive in Christ in His resurrection, we are able to say no to sin, and yes to God. Let us live our lives in such a way that it brings glory and honor to Jesus our Savior who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. For if we truly love Him and respect what He has done, we will be obedient to Him and all that He says.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I living my life in complete and total faith in the sovereignty of God in all things?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have indeed blessed me and everyone who has believed upon Your Son, Jesus Christ, as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Help me father to live in such a way that I may honor His gift to me, the free gift of Salvation. Help me to live life completely submitted to the Holy Spirit as Jesus has shown me in Your word. Help me to be emotionally and intellectually invested in what is on Your heart, and not what is crying out in the culture or my flesh. Help me to say no to anything that would impede my walk before You. Forgive me of my sin, for there is not a day that goes by that I do not get my feet dirty while walking through life. You have washed me clean in the blood of the lamb, and for that I am forever grateful. Let my thoughts, words, and deeds reflect Your holiness and love as I step out into the world this day. This I ask in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.