Galatians 2:19 (KJV) 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
This is so amazing! God’s wisdom really is inscrutable. Who would and could ever come up with such a plan as His? God used the Law as a spiritual mirror showing us our spirit’s true visage and condition. Through the Law, we see our flaws. The best of us fall short of God’s glorious standard. It doesn’t matter how much we try, we imperfect beings have imperfections; some of them are sinful. Our best intentions don’t always translate to best actions.
God is absolutely, unquestionably, incomparably holy, wise, loving, and just. He brought about the greatest successful rescue attempt ever made for the salvation of humanity. His Son willingly came, lived perfectly—in full obedience to all the requirements of the law for 33 years or so, succeeding where we fail; sacrificed His life to pay for all our sins, and rose again victoriously—conquering the grave, hell, and death.
Looking at the reality of the law and confronting our reality in it leads us to a desperate and humble dependence in our Savior. The law is no longer our path to salvation; it’s our precious Lord Jesus—by His grace and through full yieldedness, surrender, grip, trust, and dependence in Him. So yes, we’re dead to the law—no longer trying to meet all its requirements—not meaning that we now live a wild life of debauchery. No, we are not lawless; lawlessness and obedience don’t mix. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we now live simply, faithfully, joyfully, diligently, and restfully for God.