(Galatians 2:19) For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
Paul’s problem with the Law was resolved. His relationship with it had been cut off. It was necessary in order to live for God instead of himself. The Law had no power over him to demand performance. He felt no obligation to meet the demands of the Law in order to gain the acceptance of God or other people.
Paul lays out the mechanics. It was “through the law” that made him “dead to the law.” The law was a constant reminder of what he would never be: holy before God. The law pointed out over and over again that he was a sinner, incapable of leading a life that would satisfy the justice of God. The Law produced condemnation and with it, a death sentence.
Gal 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.
God Himself paid the legal penalty that was rightfully yours and mind through Christ’s death on the cross. He died your death. He died my death. Spiritually, you and I hung on the cross with Him that day 2,000 years ago.
It is a milestone moment to understand the reality of our relationship to the Law. Realize it: THE LAW HAS NO CLAIM ON ME!
In the past, it was all we had. This enormous list of holy commandments stood against us. Every time we tried to measure our holiness by obedience it always came down to the same judgment – guilty! Just one failure was enough to condemn. The first failure was enough to render us incapable of eternal life.
An unbelievable, miraculous truth? Our relationship to the Law is severed? Yes, it’s over. It’s done. The Law has no tie to me and I have no tie to it. It is no longer a “life-line” that I hang on to, hoping that my obedience will gain me acceptance with God.
Renewed Thought – We weren’t saved to live under the Law. We were saved to live under grace. It is foolish to try to live any other way.