Christ Hath Redeemed Us From The Curse Of The Law: An Exposition On Paul's Words In Galatians 3:13
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CHRIST HATH REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW: AN EXPOSITION ON PAUL'S WORDS IN GALATIANS 3:13You are welcome to another edition of Insights from God's Word, a Bible study programme that is committed to sharing God's Word by allowing the Bible to speak for itself.
In this edition, we continue with our series on The Law of God. The topic for this study is: "... Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law ...": an exposition on Paul's words in
3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
3:13 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:
3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
As we have noted above, Paul clearly states in
The "book of the law" contained laws which included purification rites such as circumcision; and other ceremonial ordinances such as sacrifices and offerings for sins, diverse washings, and the celebration of various feasts and holidays (see
As we have noted in some of our previous studies, after Christ has died, the Ceremonial Laws of the sanctuary came to an end (see
You see friends; the apostle Paul had instructed the Galatian church to accept the free gift of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. When he later learnt that this church had been deceived by some false teachers and that they were now focusing on the "works of the law" instead of exercising an abiding faith in Christ, he wrote a strong letter to address the issue. From
3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by THE WORKS OF THE LAW, or by the hearing of faith?
3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by THE WORKS OF THE LAW, or by the hearing of faith?"
i) "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace" (
ii) "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross" (
Beloved, it is with this same understanding that Paul wrote to the Galatian church the following:
iii) "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" (
Notice that Paul makes use of similar expressions in these three passages above to make the same point. Let us take some time here to examine the key phrases that are used in these three passages with a special focus on
1) CHRIST HAS REDEEMED USAfter our first parents sinned against the express command of God, the human race were sold to Satan (see
i) "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (
ii) "And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (
2) FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAWFirst and foremost, it was from the curse of eternal death that Christ came to redeem the human race. For
i) "Having abolished in his flesh the ENMITY, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances" (
ii) "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances THAT WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO US" (
Friends, the ceremonial ordinances, which embodied the frequent purchasing of animals for sacrifices, and the frequent handling of blood, with its diverse washings and purifications, were contrary to our very nature. The continual keeping of them could not totally clear or free a person's conscience from sin. It was an enmity or a curse that Christ's death took away forever.
3) BEING MADE A CURSE FOR USBeloved, Christ suffered the curse of eternal death that we had to suffer for breaking God's law. The way in which this curse of the Law fell upon Christ was through His death. The eternal life of the Son of God had to be cut short for mankind to have another chance at life. From
Friends, the Scripture is clear that the death of Christ brought to an end the Ceremonial Laws. It was the Ceremonial Laws that had a curse, and from which Christ's death redeemed us. It was the Ceremonial Laws that was described as the "enmity" or "contrary to us", of which Christ's death totally freed us. It is important to note that these negative connotations which were made in relation to the Ceremonial Laws are never used in relation to the Ten Commandments in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Concerning the Ten Commandments, the Scripture makes the following bold claims:
i) " ... the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good" (
ii) "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (
iii) "7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward" (
iv) "7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE SURE. 8 THEY STAND FAST FOR EVER AND EVER, and are done in truth and uprightness" (
Beloved, the Scripture is clear that the Ten Commandments will stand fast forever and ever. Some of God's children misinterpret Paul's passages which have to do with the law because they do not yet see the difference between the Ceremonial Laws of the sanctuary and the Ten Commandments. Once we come to appreciate the difference between these two major laws that were being kept by the people of ancient Israel, we will be able to understand more clearly the various Pauline passages that deal with "the law".
Beloved, the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, makes it clear that God's end time saints will keep the commandments of God (see
Exhortation: "12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come" (
NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, all Scriptural References are from the King James Version of the Bible.
In our next study, we will consider the topic: "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law": an exposition on Paul's words in
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