“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…”

Gal. 3:13 KJV

We are redeemed from the curse of the law.  That’s a pretty big statement—anyone who has read Deuteronomy knows what I mean!  But wait—what are we actually redeemed from?  What is the curse of the law? 

The Jewish law was, and is, nothing like our laws.  There is no bail.  No trial by jury.  No “innocent until proven guilty.”  No, because their Judge is the same as ours—the one, true God who sees and knows all.  So, if you sinned, God knew.  And the punishment?  A curse that had been promised generations before to all those who disobeyed. 

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.  Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.  Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.  Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.  The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. “

Deut. 28:15-20 KJV

The passage continues for a while, describing in graphic detail said cursing, vexation, and rebuke.  You might want to read it. 

So now, having a proper perspective of this curse, look at what Jesus did for us! “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…” 

Jesus took all that horror and pain on Himself when He died on the cross at Calvary, so that if we ask Him to forgive our sins, He will, and none of this will apply to us ever again.  Even if we do sin after we’re saved, it says “ye are not under law, but under grace.”   

Now, go forth in victory, knowing that you are redeemed!


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