Lifting the Curse



Rules don’t change lives, but the revelation of the Savior and the work of the Spirit does.

In Deuteronomy 28 Moses told the people of Israel that if they did not obey the law they would be cursed. Also the Old Testament said that cursed is any executed person who hangs on a tree. As we read the Old Testament, we are led to the conclusion that the law is too hot to handle. Touch it and be burned. Yet the law reflects aspects of the character of God's expectations. So the New Testament describes how God dealt with the law through the death of Christ. Every punishment that the law demanded landed on Christ.

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree "14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith—(Gal 3:13-14).

The point of Christ becoming a curse for us was that we should receive the Holy Spirit not based on our character or morality but based on the grace of God. Grace would allow the Holy Spirit to work with our sin and ourselves to deliver us from evil. Rules don’t change lives but the revelation of the Savior and the work of the Spirit does. Paul is so sure of this he repeated the message in Galatians over and over, do not contaminate the grace of God by a preoccupation with the rules of God. Meet and transcend those rules through the power of the Spirit.

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