“But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Galatians 3:10-11 NLT).
In Deuteronomy 27:26, it says, “Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.” The Book of the Law refers to the covenant laws God made with the children of Israel during the time of Moses.
The law demands perfection, which is impossible because we are all sinners. “For there is no distinction to be made anywhere: everyone has sinned, everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan.” (Romans 3:23 Phillips). That puts everyone of us under a curse. That’s the bad news.
The wonderful news is that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” (Galatians 3:13 NIV). As believers in Jesus, we are no longer under the curse. We live under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. “For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2 Berean Study Bible).
Because Jesus became the curse for us and took the punishment we deserved, He exchanged His righteousness for our sin. “God made him, who did not know sin, to become sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 EHV). Think about that. When God looks at you as His born-again child, He doesn’t see your sin. He sees the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.
You’ll sometimes hear people say, “I’m just an old sinner, saved by grace.” It is true – you WERE a sinner, but when you made Jesus the Saviour and Lord of your life, you became the righteousness of God in Him. Instead of living in sin-consciousness, we need to live in who we’ve been made in Jesus.
As those who have been delivered from the curse of the law, oppression is far from us. “In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.” (Isaiah 54:14 ESV).
If we abide in the secret place of El-Shaddai, “He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you…” (Psalm 91:3-4 TPT).
The next time we’re tempted to fear or to doubt, we need to remember who we are – a child of the Most High God, delivered from the curse of the law, and made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. God’s massive arms are wrapped around us.
In this Blog, I want to share with you some of the things I've learned from many years of following Jesus.