Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | October 21, 2007

Lord’s Day Quote: Leon Morris

The point of the passage (Gal 3:13) is, as Paul says, ‘Cursed is everyone which continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them.’ He is affirming that no man can be pleasing in the sight of God by his own efforts.  Rather, the best that he can do will result only in disaster because the Scripture pronounces a curse on all who fail to keep the law in its entirety.  Since no man does that, then all are under curse. 

How, then, does Paul conceive of Christ’s removing the curse from men?  Christ, he says, became a curse for us, and this is linked with a curse pronounced by the law on ‘everyone that hangeth upon a tree.’  A curse rests on everyone who does not fulfill the law; Christ died in such a way as to bear or be a curse; we who should have been accursed now go free.

Leon Morris, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross

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