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Jesus Christ ransomed us from the curse of the Law

On account of his disobedience to God, man remained at the mercy of sin. The consequences of his disobedience were terrible. Man lost his way. He remained wounded in its entire person: his intellect, his will, his emotions and feelings, all his being was seriously hurt. His sense of truth, of justice, of perfect and holy was affected. In face of this set up, with man moving aimlessly, God gave the law to his people with the aim of showing them the path to walk and to lead them through the paths of life. In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul explains the aim of the law: “Then what is the purpose of the law? It was added to deal with crimes until the ‘progeny’ to whom had been made should come; and it was promulgated through angels, by the agency of an intermediary” (Gal 3:19).
God gave the law to Moses and through him to the people as an initial way to approach God and to live within his will. But man shows that is unable to fulfil all the law by himself, thus attracting the curse while violating the law of God, for Yahweh has said:
“But if you do not obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do not keep and observe all his commandments and laws which I am laying down for you today then all these curses will befall and overtake you. You will be accursed in the town and accursed in the countryside; accursed in your basket and your kneading trough; accursed the offspring of your body, the yield of your soil...All these curses will befall you, pursue you and overtake you until you have been destroyed for not having obeyed the voice of Yahweh your God by keeping his commandments and laws which he has laid down for you” (Dt 28:15ff).
And referring to the above quotation Paul writes: “all those who depend on the works of the Law are under a curse, since scripture says: Accursed be he who does not make what is written in the book of Law effective by putting it into practice. Now it is obvious that nobody is reckoned as upright in God’s sight by the law, since the upright will live through faith” (Gal 3:10-11).
This means that on one hand man is unable to fulfil the entirety of law. And in addition, the law, by itself, does not save, nor does the obedience to the law justify man. The limitations of the law as far man’s salvation and justification are concerned remain obvious in the following texts:
·        The law fulfilled its mission till Christ: “But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, locked up to wait for the faith which would eventually be revealed to us. So the Law was serving as a slave to look after us, to lead us to Christ, so that we could be justified by faith” (Gal 3:23-24).
·        But the Law shows itself as useless and ineffective to make man perfect: “The earlier commandment is thus abolished, because of its weakness and ineffectiveness since the Law could not make anything perfect; but now this commandment is replaced by something better -the hope that brings us close to God (Heb 7:18-19).
·        The law does not give us anything except the knowledge of sin, the knowledge of what is right and of what is wrong, but has no capability to justify man: “Now we are well aware that whatever the Law says is said for those who are subject to the Law, so that every mouth should be silenced and the whole world brought under the judgment of God. So then, no human being can be found upright at the tribunal of God by keeping the Law; all that the Law does is to tell us what is sinful (Rom 3:19-20).
The only one who could fulfil the entire law was God himself and for this he sent his Son to ransom the human beings that were under the curse of the law. And so: “but when the completion of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law (Gal 4:4-5).
By fulfilling the entire Law, Christ set us free from the power of the law. His sacrifice on the cross, where all that occurred was amazing, and did open the doors for us so that through faith in him, we could receive life: “If the Law that was given has been capable of giving life, then certainly saving justice would have come from the Law. As it is, scripture makes no exception when it says that sin is master everywhere; so that the promise can be given only by faith in Jesus Christ to those who have this faith” (Gal 3:21-22).
·        The Law cannot make us perfect, nor can it sanctifies us, it is only a shade of the work of the grace that is concentrated in the sacrifice of Christ: “So, since the Law contains no more than a reflection of the good things which were still to come and no true image of them, it is quite incapable of bringing the worshippers to perfection, by means of the same sacrifice repeatedly offered year after year” (Heb 10:1).
·        When reaching the fullness of time, the law loses its relevance, and the Lord through his Death and Resurrection justifies us before the Father: “But the Law has found its fulfilment in Christ so that all who have faith will be justified” (Rom 10:4). “For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one entity and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, by destroying in his own person the hostility, that is, the Law of commandments with its decrees (Eph 2:14-15). Precisely, as Paul said: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by being cursed for our sake since scripture says; Anyone hanged is accursed (Gal 3:13).
All was consummated on the cross. Man remained free from the curse of the law and Christ offered himself as a propitiating victim in our favor, so that the Christian is not under law, but under grace.
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