“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”
[Galatians 3:13 KJV]
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My focus on today’s post is on “Redeemed from the Curse of the Law”. In order to understand what Paul is saying here by the Holy Spirit, it’s vital to consider Paul’s audience. This is one of the things you focus on when you study the epistles – the audience of the author. You can read more on that from one of my posts “Three Things You Must Consider As You Study the Epistles”.
I’m sure you must have heard people say something like, “The Gentiles were never part of the law”. What they actually mean is that Paul’s statement in Galatians 3:13 applies only to the Jews; it doesn’t apply to the Gentiles.
Well, with my understanding of scriptures, I’d say they are correct to an extent. But as I shall show you shortly in the light of God’s Word, you’ll agree with me that Paul’s statement in Galatians 3:13, is applicable to both Jews and Gentiles. To begin with permit me to talk to you about Paul’s audience.
Who Did Paul Write to?
The Bible tells us specifically that the Book of Galatians was written by Paul, “to the churches of Galatia” [Galatians 1:1-2].
It’s important I state at this point that “Galatia” was a province in what is known today as Turkey. The implication of this is that Galatia was a non-Jewish territory. This however didn’t undermine the possibility of a Jewish community there. From this, it can be deduced that Paul’s audience, within the scope of this context, was a combination of Jews and Gentiles. You see, I also think that there is no possibility of having a church on a foreign soil filled with foreigners without the indigenes.
To be told that Paul wrote to “the churches in Galatia” is a clue that there were several churches in Galatia.
To further buttress my point, you’ll also notice that in Galatians 3:1 Paul says “O foolish Galatians…” He was specifically referring to the Christian community in Galatia, and not all the inhabitants, given that the letter was for the churches of Galatia.
The use of the word “us” in Paul’s remark “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law” [Galatians 3:13], implies that in Christ, there’s redemption from “the Curse of the Law” for both Jews and Gentiles.
But as I said earlier, even though the Gentiles were never given a law like the Jews at anytime, they were still under “the Curse of the Law”.
The little question I have is this: which law was Paul referring to?
Before I delve into the answer to that question, I’d like to remind you that to the Jews who had received God’s law from Moses [John 1:17], their inability to meet up with the rigid requirements of the said law, is what became a curse for them [Deuteronomy 28:15].
So, when Paul says “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law”, he was on one hand speaking to the Jews. On the other hand, he was talking to the Gentiles [us] who had never received the Jewish law through Moses.
Where Did the Curse the Gentiles Were Redeemed from, Originate?
The “law” Paul was referring to here for the Gentiles, was “the Law of Sin and Death”. This law was put to force when Adam sinned by disobeying God’s commandment. When God put Adam in the Garden of Eden, we’re told that “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying…” [Genesis 2:16 KJV] The instruction that followed was a commandment – a law, according to the New Living Translation rendition of Romans 5:14; and anytime a commandment is broken it exposes its victims to repercussions. In Adam’s case, he exposed himself and the entire human race to “the Law of Sin and Death”.
However, Adam couldn’t meet up, he fell. Spiritually speaking, his act of disobedience enacted a new kind of law, which the Bible calls “the Law of Sin and Death”. That’s why God’s Word teaches that “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone [including Jews and Gentiles] sinned” [Romans 5:12 NLT]. This is what the fall of Adam brought to the entire human race, just like Moses brought the Law [10 Commandments] specifically to the Jewish nation.
Even before the Jewish law was given through Moses, all sinned, because Adam’s sin enacted a universal spiritual law called “the Law of Sin and Death”, which categorized all of mankind as sinners even though the sin wasn’t after the similitude of Adam’s sin.
With what I have explained so far, in Galatians 3:13, Paul tells us by the Holy Spirit that “Christ HAS redeemed us from the curse of the law”. He didn’t say “WILL”. The reason is because, as far as God is concerned, due to Christ’s finished work, man’s redemption from “the Curse of the Law” – the Law of Sin and Death – has already taken place.
Another Great Question: How Did Jesus Redeem Us? Romans 5:8-10 [NLT] show us clearly that through the death of Christ, a supernatural stage was set up, which guaranteed man’s free entrée to God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness.
What Do You Think Happened When Christ Died?
Take a look at what Romans 8:2 [KJV] says: “For THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.
Did you see that friend? The sin of Adam put all of us, both Jews and Gentiles, under what became known as “the Curse of the Law”. This was “the Law of Sin and Death”; a new kind of spiritual law that would subsequently govern man’s life on earth, by forcefully twisting man’s will power thereby making man a slave to sinful habits.
As the second and last Adam, Christ came to correct Adam’s mess. When He died, a new spiritual law was enacted, which is stronger and more powerful than “the Law of Sin and Death”; it’s called “the Law of the Spirit of Life” – it’s the life-giving supernatural Spirit of God; the same life-giving Spirit that brought Christ back to life.
This is the law that has redeemed mankind from “the Law of Sin and Death”, otherwise known as “the Curse of the Law”.
Beloved, it’s for this simple reason that Paul admonishes us that we shouldn’t allow sin to rule in our lives [Romans 6:12]. I guess you now know why? In Christ, sin’s power and dominion over our lives have been eternally destroyed by the Law of the Spirit of Life – the life-giving Spirit of God.
As I said on my post on “Set Free in Christ”, a lifestyle of sin-consciousness will keep fueling the Law of Sin and Death. The more sin conscious you’re, the stronger the Law of Sin and Death gets over your life, and the more likely you’re going to be seeing sin everywhere and in everybody.
What you need as one that has been redeemed from the Law of Sin and Death in Adam [that is, the Curse of the Law] by the power of the Life-giving Spirit [the Law of the Spirit of Life] in Christ Jesus is to deliberately cultivate an attitude of righteousness-consciousness.
Every time you get righteousness-conscious, the ascendancy of the Law of the Spirit of Life grows stronger in your entire life, thereby exerting a positive supernatural influence in you. This is what Paul inferred in Romans 6:12, when he said we shouldn’t allow sin to rule in our lives. It’s a call to cultivate righteousness-consciousness.
It’s imperative you understand that another reason why you need to practice righteousness-consciousness is because that’s your true nature. Let me ask you this question: which is better: to spend your time thinking about what and who you’re or who and what you aren’t? I think the former is better.
It’s the consciousness of your righteousness in Christ as a result of your redemption from the Curse of the Law [the Law of Sin and Death] by the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ that activates the manifestation of your triumph in Christ.
You can’t fully enjoy what Christ has done for you with a mindset dominated by sin-consciousness; rather, what you’ll get from such a mindset is failure, disappointment and defeat.
Wake up my friend! In Christ, we have been redeemed from the Curse of the Law – that is, the Law of Sin and Death. As Christians [by being born again] we’re now under an entirely different kind of law – the Law of the Spirit of Life. It’s a supernatural law that guarantees our freedom from any kind of condemnation. It’s a new kind of law for God’s new creation, which endorses the complete forgiveness of all our sins. It’s a law that destines us to reign in life as kings.
It’s because of the Law of the Spirit of Life at work in us in Christ, that we’re untouchable; and as God’s best, He can’t just withhold anything good from us [Romans 8:32].
That’s how God sees us, and He gets even more excited than us when we see ourselves the same way. It makes Him feel honoured, that, indeed, His Son didn’t die for nothing.
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