Friday, August 13, 2021

Redeemed From Curses

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Galatians 3:13-14 (NET) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.

It is written that curse causeless shall not come(see Proverbs 26:2). In order for any curse to alight on an individual, there has to be a cause. In order for any curse to alight on a human being created in the image and likeness of God, there had to be a transgression of the law of God, whether knowingly or unknowingly. This transgression would serve as the cause for the curse.

If you look at today's verses in context, you will see that the people it was originally written to were Gentile(non-Jewish) believers. One would wonder why the curse of the law is talked about to them since they as Gentiles didn't know the law of God and so would not even know about the curse of the law, but the truth is that everyone that sins transgresses the law of God, whether Jew or Gentile and because the law of God is universal, everyone who transgresses it is open to curses. This is the reason why curses reigned among the Gentiles. Remember that the only people Balaam(who was an expert in curses) couldn't curse were the Jews when they were keeping the law of God. There was no cause so no curse could alight on them.

Because the Jews had the law of God, if they kept it, they were going to walk in such a way that curses would not be able to alight on them.

The last part of today's Bible verses is what particularly excites me. The proof that a Gentile has received the blessing of Abraham is that he would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. If God could give you His Holy Spirit, what else has He not given you?

Because the blessing is spiritual, it can only be appropriated by faith. An average Jew believes that he is blessed and not cursed. He believes that he is spiritually free and not bound(see John 8:33), and it works for them. This should be more so for the believer who has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, but if, unlike the Jews, a believer does not believe that he is blessed, it may be as if he is not blessed. He may even begin to envy the unbelieving Jew who walks in the shadow of what he has in Christ. Remember that it is what you believe that you will receive.

Go into today remembering that the proof that you have received the full version of the blessing of Abraham is that you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Go into the world with a blessed man's mentality.

Prayer: Lord, help me appropriate the fulness of my blessing in you through faith. Deliver me from every unbelief and contrary belief. Amen.
—Abraham Dami Arigi

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