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Galatians 3:10-14 Study Guide

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Galatians 3:10-14

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.

Main Idea: Jesus rescued us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.

Overview: The Galatians were being led astray by a teaching that they needed to live according to the Old Testament Law to be declared righteous by God. Paul denounces this thinking by quoting multiple passages from the Old Testament. He argues that those who set their hope in their own performance are cursed, not justified. Jesus is our only hope to escape this curse.

Observation and Interpretation

  • In Galatians 3:10–13, Paul talks about “the curse of the law.” Reread these verses along with Romans 3:19–20. Who falls under this curse? Why are those that “rely on the works of the law" cursed?

  • What does this passage teach us about the nature and purpose of Jesus’ death on the cross? What did His death accomplish? Why is this significant for us?

  • In this passage, Paul references Deuteronomy, Leviticus, and Habakkuk. How does the Old Testament boost the legitimacy of his argument that justification is by faith?

Application

  • Jesus became a curse for you and has given you His Spirit. What significance does that have in how you relate to God? How would it be different if your relationship was based on your performance? Do you ever live as if it is?

  • Paul sets an example of the importance of basing our beliefs on God’s Word by quoting the Old Testament. Where do you look to find truth outside of God’s Word? What’s the danger of relying on these things as opposed to God’s Word? How should Paul’s example affect how we disciple others?

  • How could a legalistic mindset negatively affect your relationships with non-Christian friends, family, or coworkers? How can your confidence in Jesus have a positive influence in these relationships?

Prayer Point: Spend some time thanking God for removing the curse of the law by becoming a curse for you. Ask for His help in walking by faith in that reality this week.


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