Last week, we ended with three main points from verses 10-14 that John Piper says are really important. Simply put, they are:
1. Those who rely on works of the law are under a curse.
2. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.
3. We have been justified through faith, which is a gift of the Spirit.
First, as Paul says, "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse." What is the opposite of curse? Right…blessing. Easy answer. As Paul says a few verses later, Christ became a curse for us that we might have the blessing of Abraham. Jesus took on what was negative to impart to us what was positive. In Christ, we are adopted into the family of God through faith, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, that we might be saved by grace alone. To put it in a very negative way, if you think you need to earn God's favor and forgiveness through works of the law, then you are cut-off from God and are still under the curse of His wrath.
The last thing the Galatians needed was to be thinking they were saved by works of the law. Nothing must be added to the finished work of the cross.