What does the law bring to man? It brings a curse, because to be justified by it, you must keep “all” of it and not fail in any of it, “Cursed is the one who does not keep ALL things written in the book of the law.” Our works aren’t graded on a curve, we don’t get points for doing better than others, or even end up in the upper percentile of law keepers. It’s all or nothing.
The law is a curse to those who think that they can earn God’s favor and be justified by trying to keep it when there is no way they can. So what is the law for? It is there to teach us that “The just shall live by faith.”
The law and faith are so contrary to one another, because if you want to live by the law, it’s up to you to do it. But faith is not of us, it comes from God. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather trust in what God can do in me, rather than what I can never do on my own.
Pastor Doug Hardin