He says you started with this Christ crucified. That is the only thing that has the power. As I talk to people and I travel around and I minister to many different people, lights come on. The power of positive thinking is a wonderful tool, but in the kingdom of God there’s only one thing that is going to bring you access. And that access comes through Jesus Christ, Him crucified; and forgive me for being repetitive; and resurrected. And it’s the only way. And Jesus Himself says,”this is the door.” So, here he’s talking about how salvation comes to man.

We talked about salvation from the beginning, righteousness, and in this passage he’s talking about the law versus grace. And I will put underneath it versus faith or the hearing of faith because he’s highlighting that via the cross. And the cross does not speak of circumcision. It’s a new way. It’s a completely new way. What’s the next one? Because the next one holds another key in, as I’ve put down, seven; this would be number four. And this one perhaps is the core of it all. He says, “For as many,” verse 10, 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written,” and here it is.

Please change your hats for a minute and think that this pharisaical, tribe of Benjamin, Jew of Jew would even deign to put this in here which comes straight out of what he was entrenched in. That’s what’s staggering. I-maybe to you it’s, “Just, okay. Yeah.” This blows my mind, seeing we’re reading Galatians now, but think about when he penned this.

Crucifixion was still a real form of capital punishment. And Jews still believed cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. And that’s what he came out of. That is mind-boggling at its essence. He says here, and he’s quoting Deuteronomy, “It is written, Cursed is every one that continued not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. No man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: the just shall live by faith,” three times that’s proclaimed over and repeated through the New Testament writings. And then he comes down to this here. He says, “And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.”