Galatians 3:12. “And the Law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.”
The Law did not say, “The man who believes shall live,” but “The man who does shall live.” It may seem right to us that if a person does right he ought to live. The problem we have is that we don’t do right. Romans 3:10 says, “There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE!” Romans 3:32 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
None of us is able to keep every jot and tittle of the Law, and to break even one point is to break all of the Law.
Suppose a person falling over the edge of a cliff reached out and caught hold of a rusty old chain fastened to a stump on the side of the cliff. The chain has ten links. How many would have to break to drop that person to the bottom?
Only one. And once that chain is broken, once the Law is broken, the unsaved person is in the place of condemnation. No works of righteousness that we can do can ever fit us to be in the presence of God.
That seems so hopeless. . . .BUT the glorious message of reconciliation is that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law! Jesus Christ bought us out of condemnation with His shed blood, and provided the way for us to have right standing with God. Not through the keeping of the law can we find this right standing, but only through faith and belief in the blood of Jesus, and in His resurrection.
We are delivered from the curse of the Law only through the grace of God in the sacrifice of His Son.