Summary: Paul’s explanation of Christ’s removal of the curse by hanging on the cross
Intro: as you read the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 you find that God was willing to bless His people if they obeyed the laws of God. But in their failing to fulfill the laws of God, God pronounced many curses for disobedience to the law. These curses were terrible, if you read the entire list. The sad fact was this, that God had promised to bless all nations through Abraham’s seed, but because man needed law until promise arrived, man miserably failed under law. So man was cursed not just from the garden’s disobedience, but rebelling against the laws of God. Man fell short of God’s glory, but God sent His Son, to redeem us from the curse of the law. Galatians chapter 3 is one of the most beautiful chapters in scriptures, because it explains that a life of faith in Christ is redemption for fallen man.
Redeemed From The Curse
· The power and meaning of redemption. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law. So few in the church fully realize the impact of what redemption means in our lives. First it is to place value on something. The curse because of disobediance had caused us to become worthless, but Jesus Christ redeemed us, gave us back our value in the sight of God. He paid a lot to redeem us. He shed His blood on Calvary, we are bought with a price. Imagine this, someone pays 300,000 dollars for a tent. You would say, they made a bad purchase. But Jesus gave His life for those who had lost their value, and redeemed them back to a place in position of joint heirs into the Father’s kingdom. Jesus fulfilled the promise to Abraham, that his seed, (not seeds as in many) but in his seed, Jesus Christ, all the nations of the world would be blessed. Since we are redeemed from the curse, we are no longer under sin’s dominion. He has given us authority, the keys of the kingdom. What we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, what we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. The second Adam has placed us back in position to boldly approach God. What the first Adam lost, the second Adam redeemed back to us. What a glorious subject! The veil is rent in two, access to God is given, and Jesus becomes the first fruit.
· We are redeemed through the blood of Christ. God had made the first covenant through circumcision, but man failed to keep covenant with God. So God made a better covenant, (read Hebrews) with better promises. God could not swear by any greater, so He sware by Himself. God gave His Word on it. He sealed it in blood. Not of bulls, goats, lambs or turtledoves, but the precious blood of Christ. John said, “behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” There is power in the blood. By grace are ye saved through faith, not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.
· The Curse is Removed—if you read all the curses in Deuteronomy 28—you find that there were spiritual, physical, financial, family and other things that were cursed because of sin. Jesus removes the curses, so we can walk in the blessings of Father Abraham. The law didn’t disqualify the promises. Even though man failed to live up to the law, God sent His Son, who fulfilled the law, and turned the curse into blessings. We now can boldly approach the throne of grace, that we might receive grace and obtain mercy to help in the time of need.
· The Blessings are poured down—every good and perfect gift cometh from above. Now instead of being aliens and strangers to the promises of God, we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Because Jesus defeated sin, sin has no more dominion over us. We are not bound by sin or to sin, we are free. We walk in the newness of life, we are a new creation, a brand new man.
· Our reception is determined by faith not works. If someone doesn’t come to the faith in Jesus Christ, they still have not been brought nigh (near) by the blood. This walk wasn’t by flesh, Ishmael, sons of the bondwomen, but Isaac, sons of promise. The flesh and spirit won’t dwell together, throw out the bondwoman and her son. It is written, the just shall live by faith. You won’t receive until you believe. If you will confess with you mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. So all the promises of God are conditioned on faith. Even our righteousness is tied to faith, not works. Abraham believed and it was accredited to him as righteousness.