Christ 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.” Galatians 3:13
Regardless of where a person is from, no one likes to have a curse upon them. Everyone likes to have blessings and favor, not condemnation.
In every nation, state or city around the world there are rules to be followed. Most people are willing to follow most of those rules, because not following them brings judgment. They strive to live the ‘good’ life of a ‘good’ person.
In talking about faith and the law, Paul points out that Christ became a curse to redeem people when He died upon the cross.
God made the law so that every person would know and understand what He desires. Part of the law was that if one part of it was broken, not followed, then that person must die.
This is where the curse of the law comes in. No one is able to perfectly obey the entire law his entire life. With this occurring, every person was cursed to die because each one broke the law.
Knowing that this was to occur, God had already planned to send a redeemer, one to pay the price for breaking the law. At the perfect time, God sent Jesus to live on this earth while perfectly obeying the law, then to die upon a cross to pay for the sins of every person for breaking the law.
According to God’s law in Deuteronomy 21:23, Jesus was cursed by God when He hung upon the cross. As Jesus became that curse, everyone who chooses to believe in Him would be released from that curse. All sins would be wiped away forever, giving the believer eternal life.
Just as everyone else has sinned against God by breaking one of His laws, you also have sinned. Doing this has caused you to be cursed with death as punishment. Nothing you can do can change that curse, other than believing in what Jesus did for you.
Hanging on the cross, Jesus paid the price for your sins to remove the curse upon your life. He is ready and willing to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. That is the full purpose of why He hung on the cross and died for you.
Accept what Jesus did and be redeemed.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will not strive to work for salvation, but believe in the work of Jesus; that you will fully understand what Jesus did for you; and that you will live to obey and serve God with all of your life.
know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16
Every day people are doing good things to look good. They are trying to please someone else and often to cover their mistakes.
People put their trust in what they are doing and so they continue to strive to do more and more or to require more and more of themselves.
Paul points out that no one is justified by the law, but by faith in Jesus. Doing works of the law will not justify or save anyone.
In many Christian groups there are often a variety of things that people are expected to do or not do to be a believer. The focus of these rules are on the law, rather than on the relationship with God and others.
Individuals that are in groups like this, then often tend to do good things in order to please God, so that they may be saved. They want to ensure that they are saved. As this is done, they are not saved, but trusting in their own works, which will fail in the end.
Doing these good things does not make a person more or less saved. Only faith in Jesus will save a person. Once saved, a person does good works and obeys the law, because of God’s love for him and the salvation given to him.
The focus has changed from doing good things to be saved, to doing good things because one is saved.
The only way you can be saved from your sins, is by repentance and trusting in Jesus for your salvation. He provides salvation by faith and faith alone.
Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the ways of the world in trusting yourself to earn your salvation. It will not happen. Believe in what Jesus has done for you. Then, as a believer, choose to obey the law out of love for God and what Jesus has done for you.
God has great works for you to do, but not to be done for salvation, but out of love for God and for others.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will believe in what Jesus has done for you for your salvation; that you will obey the law out of love for God and others; and that you will know you are justified before God by faith in Jesus.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4
Most people on the earth desire freedom from some law or another. Very few people like to have restrictions placed upon them, though most get used to having those restrictions.
People like to do what they want, when they want and how they want. They will break the law in order to do what they desire.
Paul tells the people that, in Christ, they have died to the law so that they may bear fruit for God.
It is common for some believers to push talking about the law. They are quick to point out what a person can and cannot do as they follow the letter of the law.
Others in the church are the exact opposite. They point out that they have died to the law, so they don’t have to follow the law. In doing this, they often live in purposeful sin.
Dying to the law is a person who is no longer following the law in order to be saved, but obeying the law because of his great love for God and people. The more a person strives to obey the law in his own power, the more he realizes that he cannot do it. Only in Christ can a person obey the law of God.
Once a person dies to the law to be saved, he is free to be able to do more for God, bearing fruit. His heart is no longer focused on trying to be saved, but knows he is and lives that way doing the work for God.
At the moment you repented and believed in Jesus, you were saved from sin. You do not have to do any special works in obeying the law to be saved.
Now as a believer, you have to do works because of what God has done for you and out of love for Him. Focus your attention on doing what God wants you to do, and you will not have time to disobey His law and sin. As you bear fruit for God, you will not walk in sin.
God has more for you to do, than sin has for you to do.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be free to be His witness on this earth; that you will know you are saved by faith in Christ Jesus; and that you will obey God out of love, not to earn salvation.