Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Dr. Rod Rosenbladt
Introduction & Preface
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.
1. 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.
2 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.
But God gave it to Abraham by a promise.