Dead to the Law

Galatians 2:19. “For I through the Law am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.”

Paul is writing in first person here, and throughout this passage. It helps to keep that in mind. Otherwise, it is easy to get lost in the pronouns. So let me put myself in Paul’s place, and the pronouns refer to me, Linda. And here’s a paraphrase of verse 19: “The Law condemned me to death because of my sin. The penalty was inescapable. But then Christ took my place, and became my Substitute. In Him, I died to the Law; He was the perfect, complete sacrifice for my sin. It was as if I was removed from the cross, and Jesus was put there in my place, for my sake. In Him, I died to the penalty of the Law, so that I could live, through Him, unto God.”

How perfectly it all works together! I am so moved as I study through these verses, knowing that life is in Him, and that it is abundant, free, and eternal.

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