Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Dr. Rod Rosenbladt
Lesson 9 Notes
Vs. 13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us – for it is written: Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree.
- To not call the Son of God a cursed sinner, is deny His crucifixion and death.
- Luther: This is how we must magnify the doctrine of Christian righteousness in opposition to the righteousness of the Law & of works.
- Paul’s powerful argument here: If the sins of the entire world are on that one man, Jesus Christ, then they are not on the world.
- Luther: This is the chief and most joyous doctrine of the Christian faith.
- Christ is a deliverer–not a simply moral teacher–and therefore, he is not an example of someone we should emulate
- We often hear in Sunday School that should ‘be more like Jesus’ but to say that is to misread Scripture
- Paul’s Distinction: Not just that subject Christ to the curse but even that He became a curse. (AE 26: 288-289)
Vs. 18 – For if the inheritance is by the law, it is no longer by promise.
- Law demands, “Do this!” but promise grants, “Accept this!”
- Paul concludes: The blessing is given on the basis of the promise; therefore, it is not given on the basis of the Law. God gave it to Abraham by a promise.