About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Curse For Christians
The Law of Moses,
also known as the Mosaic Covenant, was a conditional agreement between God
and the Jews.
Like any agreement between two or more parties there were
stipulations in the covenant that all participants agreed to be
responsible to keep. If the
Jews failed to live up to their responsibilities they would suffer the
curses documented in the covenant. The
blessings, therefore, also stated in the covenant, were conditional upon the
Jews following through on their commitment to the agreement.
In contrast to the
Mosaic Covenant the Abrahamic Covenant was an unconditional covenant, made
not between God and Abraham but between God and Himself.
Abraham and his descendants had no obligations to keep because
there were no stated obligations in the covenant.
There were only unconditional blessings.
Abraham had only one thing to do and that was to trust that God
would keep His covenantal promises.
With the above in
mind I make a couple of comments on Galatians 3:13 and 14.
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. He
redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the
Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the
promise of the Spirit."
Paul said that
Jesus redeemed us, or rescued us, from the law's curses by becoming cursed
on our behalf. In context, the
word "law" refers to the Law of Moses, the Mosaic Covenant.
Since Jesus rescued
us from the curse of the Mosaic Covenant you might think that we are now
recipients of the blessings of the Mosaic Covenant, but that is
not what Paul said. He said
that Jesus rescued us from the curse of the Mosaic Covenant so we could
benefit from the blessings, not of the conditional Mosaic Covenant, but
from the blessings of Abraham, the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant.
This fantastic news is often missed when reading this text.
Those of us who
trust that Jesus was cursed on our behalf have been released from any
curse associated with the Mosaic Covenant in order to receive the benefits
of the Abrahamic Covenant. Like
Abraham, our only obligation is to trust that God will be true to His
word. This is what the gospel
of Jesus, the New Covenant, is all about.
It is central to everything Paul taught.
To suggest that a
Christian can be cursed by God negates Jesus being cursed on our behalf.
God's blessings, which include the
reception of His Spirit into our lives as seen in Galatians 3:14, are
unconditional. We simply trust that God is true to His word, and
that He is.