Reflection on Gal 3:13aPost date: 2018-04-21
Reflection on Gal 3:13a
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.”
It is said that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. However, one supposes that the Law of Moses brings blessing rather than curse. So how are we to understand it? Verse 10 says: “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.’” We read in the Epistle of James: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (Jam 2:10) No person is able to fulfil all the requirements of the law. So all people are under the curse of the law. Verse 11 says: “But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for ‘the just shall live by faith’.” So justification from sin is by faith in Jesus Christ. Why? Because Jesus voluntarily took upon Himself the curse which falls on each of us for our sins to redeem us from this curse, which is the fruit of sin, and also to redeem us from eternal death caused by sin.
Further it is written: “...that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:14) So not only the chosen Jewish nation but also all other nations through the faith in Christ. All who have received Christ become heirs of God’s kingdom. Abraham received the promise and waited for its fulfilment in faith, but we already have its fulfilment in Christ. Through faith in Christ, every believer obtains the forgiveness of sins and salvation and receives the promised Spirit.
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