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Redemption from the Curse of the Law

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2013

This teaching is available in video format on my YouTube channel - Andrew Shreeve

 

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us

Galatians 3:13

 

Redeem means: "to buy up, that is, ransom; figuratively to rescue from loss (improve opportunity): - redeem" (Strong's Dictionary).

Ransom means: "the money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner or slave, or for goods captured by an enemy; that which procures the release of a prisoner or captive, or of captured property, and restores the one to liberty and the other to the original owner" (Webster's Dictionary).

 

When you pay a ransom you pay a price to retrieve someone or something. Jesus paid the price to release us from the curse of the law, to free us from the devil's authority (Colossians 1:13), and to bring us into His kingdom - with all its privileges and benefits.

In the Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians some of the core benefits and details of the glorious gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ are revealed. Paul declares that through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, through the Cross of Calvary, Christians have been redeemed from the curse of the law! Potentially, every person on the earth can experience this great redemption, if they would only believe in Jesus Christ and His promises in the bible (1st Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).

Past Tense

The first thing we should notice regarding our redemption is that it past tense - Christ hath redeemed us - we have already been redeemed! This is not something we are hoping and praying for, or trying to convince God to do. No, this is an historical fact. The work of redemption from the curse of the law has already been established through Christ being cursed for us.

No injustice

The next truth to see is that there is no injustice. It is not as if the punishment for our sin has been ignored by God, and our sins have gone unpunished. On the contrary, Jesus substituted himself on our behalf, Jesus was cursed for us. The curse for our disobedience to God's holy law has already been paid, in full, by Jesus.

 

Legal rights

From a legal perspective, through faith is Christ, we now have the right to be free from eternal condemnation and every aspect of the curse of the law. The basis of this legal right is that Christ was made a curse for us. It would be an injustice for the punishment for our sin to be paid twice - by Christ and then by you, or by me. It is unnecessary for the price of our ransom to be paid more than once. If we ignore our legal right to freedom from the curse of the law we are not esteeming the redemptive work of Christ highly. We are effectively allowing Christ to have suffered needlessly. This is not honouring the Lord.

Enforcing our legal rights

It is observable that there is a battle to obtain our redemptive benefits, as many Christians struggle to be free from aspects of the curse of the law, most notably feelings of condemnation, and sickness, disease, lack and poverty. Large parts of the body of Christ are unaware that they have the right to be free, and lack the knowledge, or accurate teaching, concerning how to enforce their freedom. The devil spirits are also actively attacking the body of Christ, working day and night, trying to deceive Christians into believing that they must still suffer the effects of the curse of the law (Ephesians 6:10-12).

For us to experience our redemptive freedom we need to learn, and implement, the principles of faith in God's promises, and speak God's Word to our mountains (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, Romans 12:2). We need to become disciplined and uncompromising in resisting circumstances in our lives which agree with the curse of the law. We need to authoritatively speak God's promises to these ungodly circumstances. Understanding the principles of spiritual seed-planting and nurturing, and meditation and patience, are important foundations for the successful implementation of faith and speaking to our mountains (Hebrews 6:12, Mark 4:26, 11:23).

Details of the Curse of the Law

Many aspects of the 'curse of the law' are clearly detailed in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. I would recommend a careful and thorough reading of this passage so that you become familiar with what you should not accept into your life. In addition, sometimes there is a lack of clarity between the terms 'the curse of the law' and 'the law'. The scripture does not say Christ has redeemed us from the law, as if to say the law is a curse. No, the law of God is not a curse, the law is holy, and just, and good (Romans 7:12). What Christ has redeemed us from is 'the curse of the law', which includes many aspects including all sickness, disease, lack and poverty. For example, part of the curse of the law includes: all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee… hunger… thirst… nakedness… want of all things… all the diseases of Egypt… also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law (Deuteronomy 28:15, 48, 60-61).

In Paul's teaching in Galatians chapter three, Paul links redemption from the curse of the law with blessing - that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:13-14). In the same context Paul uses the term promises - plural - now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made (Galatians 3:16). The blessing of Abraham (singular) qualifies us for many promises (plural). Some of these promises can be seen in the verses preceding the list of curses (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). The promised blessings are opposites of the curses. A thorough reading of the promised blessings contained in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 is also very helpful for a deeper understanding of the blessings of our inheritance in Christ, as this list of promises is given to Abraham's descendants - Israel. In Christ, all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). All the promises of God would include the promised blessings to Israel. In the Old Testament these blessings were conditional upon Israel obeying God's laws (Deuteronomy 28:1-2); however, in the New and better covenant, Jesus has obtained for us, and gifted to us, perfect righteousness through faith. Therefore, even in our imperfection and sin we, in the church age, can justly claim these blessings based upon Jesus' righteousness which has been imparted to us through faith in Christ (Ephesians 6:13-14, Romans 5:17).

To bring balance to the biblical teaching of righteousness by faith alone, we should note that sin hardens our heart and makes it more difficult to receive and grow God's Word in our heart, and therefore more difficult to exercise our faith to receive God's promises and inheritance (Hebrews 3:13, Galatians 5:21).

Redemption through Faith

 

We might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

Galatians 3:14

 

The method for the receiving of our redemption from the curse of the law, and God's message (promise), which qualifies us to receive multiple promises of blessing, is by faith (not law). Because of our human imperfection, this is a profound and wonderful truth. An obstacle, however, to receiving faith-based blessing is human logic and pride. Humans are conditioned to want to earn, or deserve, blessing. To be given something freely and undeservedly seems contrary to life experience and all other human religions. True humility, however, submits our mind and heart to God's way of blessing - which is by faith alone (Romans 10:2-4, 10).

Pray with me: "Father God, thank you that it is an historical fact that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, as He was made a curse for us more than 2,000 years ago through His death on the Cross of Calvary. Thank you that your will is that our lives be free from eternal condemnation and the details of the curse of the law, which includes freedom from all sickness and disease, plus freedom from want and poverty. Thank you that you have blessed us: because, as Christians, we have been made the righteousness of God, in the new creation, in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:3). Please open the eyes of our understanding to the great redemption which Jesus has delivered to us. Teach us to enforce the freedom Jesus has given to us by engaging in spiritual warfare through: daily meditation of your promises, and increasing and exercising our faith by speaking your promises to our mountains (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Luke 17:5-6). We pray this in Jesus Christ name, amen."

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