3:13) But Christ rescued us from the Law’s curse, when he became a curse
in our place. This is because the Scriptures say that anyone who is nailed to a
tree is under a curse.
morning we continue our journey towards Knowing God More. The Old Testament Law
was the schoolmaster that taught us the frailties (weakness in
character or morals)
of humanity. The only person that ever fulfilled the Law was Jesus
Christ. It was so strict that no human could actually live a perfect life
by its rules. Paul said, in the verses leading up to our text, (v 11,12) “The
obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain
that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives
in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him.
Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk
had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God —
and that’s the real life.’ Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living
by faith, but only perpetuates (causes to continue
itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: The one who
does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.” The
Good News is that our text teaches us that Christ rescued us from the Law’s
curse and condemnation. He became a curse in our place.
was once asked which of all the commandments of the Law was the
greatest. Check out His response: (Mat 33:37-39) Jesus answered, “Love the
Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most
important commandment. The 2nd most important commandment is like
this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. The Law was too strict
for any human being to ever fulfil and thereby condemned us all.
2. Jesus lived a perfect
life and fulfilled the Law.
3. Jesus exchanged His
right with those (us) that did not deserve it.
4. Jesus simplified
things for us. We are now to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind;
and love our others as much as we love ourselves.
5. God’s Grace (unmerited
favour) keeps us when we mess up.
6. God did all of this,
so that we could be free and redeemed from the curse of the law.
7. One of the greatest
benefits of our New Citizenship is Liberty! We have been made free by the
blood of Jesus. He has made us righteous, even though – in ourselves – we
could never be. We ought not allow anyone to condemn us after Christ has redeemed
us. Receive your liberty and walk in it. Do not entangle yourself again
with sin. If you fall into sin, repent, confess it to God (1 Jn 1:9) and
you a Born-Anew (Again) believer? If so, then you must know that you have
been made Righteous by Christ and accept that fact, once and for all. Move
forward and not backward. Strive for Progression and not
Regression. Settle in your mind that you are free and seek to enjoy your
liberty in Christ!
for this day: Lord
God. I am a Born-Again believer. I have been made the Righteousness
of God by faith. I am not under the law, nor its curse. I have been
redeemed from the inevitable fate of the law and have been granted forgiveness
because of the price that Jesus paid on Calvary’s Cross! I am Free and I
walk in my liberty today and every day. I will never the same, never be the
In Jesus’ name.