Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:4).
Paul pleads with brilliant logic and the most biting sarcasm you’ll ever read in Galatians. He takes four chapters to argue that both salvation and the daily Christian life are lived only and ever by faith, and faith alone, through the grace of God revealed in Christ Jesus. Deadly condemnation to the self-righteous; glorious freedom to the weary and heavy-laden needing rest (Matt 11:28).
Galatians 5 begins: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Don’t return to the Law as your measure of godliness or way of God-pleasing; stand by faith in Christ’s work as all-sufficient, trust that He has dealt with the sin issue in you once-for-all; live free from the condemnation of failure.
Imagine having a thousand responsibilities on your proverbial “plate.” For each Brussels sprout you barely manage to choke down, someone adds three more plus another heap of mashed potatoes. The Law of Commandments is never-ending, never-fulfilling failure. “Eat it all … or else.”
Aunt Mildred comes to your rescue, reminding you that your identity, worth, and value have nothing to do with how much you can eat. She takes her wood spoon and clears off your plate, then says, “Eat only what you can.”
Good news? For sure!
Your Christian identity is anchored in what Jesus did. “Do more and try harder” isn’t good news; it’s slavery. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never measure up. But Jesus did! And that’s the Good News of the Gospel.
In John 8:11, Jesus set free the woman caught in adultery. Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more. Notice, Christ’s freedom wasn’t conditioned on not sinning again. Freedom was based on His forgiveness. Forgiveness created freedom from impossible expectation.
Because He’d forgiven her, she was free from the law of sin and death, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus had made her free (Rom 8:2).
We will fail Him every day, but the Good News of the Gospel reminds us that God’s love for us isn’t dependent on what we do – or fail to do – it’s in what Jesus did.