Nobody is counted “not guilty” by following the Law. Instead, Christ was cursed for us on the cross, taking the blame for us, the lawbreakers.

Scripture: Galatians 3:10-14

ESV Text: Galatians 3:10-14

Galatians 3:10-14 (Listen)

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall 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 hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 178:
We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died — Organ Audio

1. We sing the praise of Him who died, 
Of Him who died upon the cross; 
The sinners’ Hope let men deride, 
For this we count the world but loss. 

2. Inscribed upon that cross we see 
In shining letters “God is Love.” 
He bears our sins upon the tree, 
He brings us mercy from above. 

3. The cross!–it takes our guilt away. 
It holds the fainting spirit up, 
It cheers with hope the gloomy day, 
And sweetens every bitter cup. 

4. It makes the coward spirit brave 
And nerves the feeble arm for fight; 
It takes all terror from the grave 
And gilds the bed of death with light. 

5. The balm of life, the cure of woe, 
The measure and the pledge of love, 
The sinners’ refuge here below, 
The angels theme in heaven above. 

Hymn: LSB 550 Lamb O God

We must always be on our guard against work-righteousness (gaining God’s favor by human effort). We are justified by faith in Christ.

Scripture: Galatians 3:1-9

ESV Text: Galatians 3:1-9

Galatians 3:1-9 (Listen)

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

     6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 383:
Seek Where Ye may to Find a Way — Organ Audio

1. Seek where ye may To find a way 
That leads to your salvation; 
My heart is stilled, On Christ I build, 
He is the one Foundation. 
His Word is sure, His works endure; 
He doth o’erthrow My every foe; 
Through Him I more than conquer. 

2. Seek whom ye may To be your stay; 
None can redeem his brother. 
All helpers failed, This Man prevailed, 
The God-man, and none other. 
Our Servant-Lord Did help afford; 
We’re justified, For He hath died, 
The Guiltless for the guilty. 

3. Seek Him alone, Who did atone, 
Who did your souls deliver; 
Yea, seek Him first, All ye who thirst 
For grace that faileth never. 
In every need Seek Him indeed; 
To every heart He will impart 
His blessings without measure. 

4. My heart’s Delight, My Crown most bright, 
Thou, Jesus, art forever. 
Nor wealth nor pride Nor aught beside 
Our bond of love shall sever. 
Thou art my Lord; Thy precious Word 
Shall be my guide, Whate’er betide. 
Oh, teach me, Lord, to trust Thee! 

5. Hide not from me, I ask of Thee, 
Thy gracious face and favor. 
Though floods of woe Should o’er me flow, 
My faith shall never waver. 
From pain and grief Grant sweet relief; 
For tears I weep, Lord, let me reap 
Thy heavenly joy and glory.