Confusion concerning Galatians 3:10? A discussion…
Galatians 3:10 is a reiteration of the Torah.
‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ ” Deuteronomy 27:26
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Galatians 3:10 (NKJV)
10 For whoever keeps the whole Law, yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all. James 2:10 (NASB)
The Holy Spirit is teaching in both the Old and New Covenant that the one who seeks righteousness (a right standing) with God by attempting to keep the Law is cursed because mankind is, by nature, a sinner (Romans 3:23) and the Law requires absolute perfection in order to attain righteousness (James 2:10) but mankind falls short of this perfection; therefore, the Law curses mankind and additionally the Law provides no atonement.
The hopelessness of the Law is that the Law only defines sin void atonement (Romans 3:20) but God the Father sent the Son, Jesus Christ, into the World via the virgin womb and Jesus circumvented – bypassed the sin-nature of Adam our earthly father (Romans 5:12) and Jesus lived a sinless, holy, perfect, life before the Father and kept the Law in perfection thereby making Himself the ONLY acceptable sacrifice for sin. God the Father, through covenant, has agreed to give or impute the righteousness of Jesus into the life of the one who believes that Jesus is Lord who died to pay their sin-debt (John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21) and through the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness into our life, we are made positionally “right” with the Father, our sins are forgiven (past-present-future) and we receive the Holy Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of our covenant relationship with the Father, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14).
What the Law was powerless to do because of our sin-nature, God did by sending His only-begotten Son to die in our place and offer us Jesus’ righteousness in exchange for our sin thereby paving the way to eternal life by faith in Jesus as Lord over our life (Romans 8 ).