Law. Curse. Faith. Blessing.

Law. Curse. Faith. Blessing.

Law. Curse. Faith. Blessing.

 

As we read Deuteronomy chapter 27 and 28, we see this continuous swing between curses and blessings pronounced for disobedience and obedience. It’s not like you can trump one disobedience with another obedience. It didn’t work that way. “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Galatians 3:10 Does not continue. If one does not continue in keeping the law, he is cursed. Not just that, if a man does live by the statutes and judgments he shall live by them (Leviticus 18:5) which inversely implies death if he doesn’t live by the law.

Paul goes on to quote Habakkuk 2:4 which says “But the just shall live by his faith.” In God’s sight, no one can be justified by works but only by grace, through Faith.

It is written. Powerful three words. Because the word of God is truth. It is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) Paul brings the word of God into context to make the next powerful statement.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14

In his book “No Wonder they call Him the Savior”, Max Lucado paints the analogy of two kids soiled in mud and filth who cannot clean each other. They would require a third person, a clean person, to get them cleaned, otherwise they will end up making each other dirtier. That’s exactly why we needed a Savior, who is sinless, the perfect Lamb of God, to pick us up from the horrible pit and miry clay (Psalm 40).

Law vs Faith

Last week, around Easter I read a couple of books on the theme of the CROSS. The reality of it all struck me really hard. The cross, which was a symbol of shame and very much a piece of agony and pain, was experienced by Christ. Not in His Godly power, but in His human body. Think about that for a second. The King on the cross! For our sins, so we could receive the promise of the Spirit…

Read next post in this series: Promise Keeping Father

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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