When asked what Christ redeemed us from, it would be safe to bet most Christians would answer with “sin”. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, so therefore, we are set free and redeemed from sin. However, that it only part of the result of Christ’s incredible sacrifice. Galatians 3:13 reads: “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.”” Yes, you read that right. Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Let’s break down that statement piece by piece. “Redeemed” or “to redeem” means to buy back or ransom, and in the Greek (apolutrosis) it means to deliver or win back. The curse of the law relates back to the Old Testament when God was first making a covenant with His people. The law was set into place when a society without morals needed guidance to get closer to God. Moses wrote out the law according to what God spoke directly to him (Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-2). The law is not simply the 10 Commandments either; it’s basically the entire collection of the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy). With love as the foundation, God laid out the law not only to allow His people to get closer to Him, but also to set the stage for our one true redeemer, Jesus.
The law is holy and therefore unachievable by nature. We are all imperfect humans and there is an impossible likelihood for us to be able to live up to the law. Therefore, with the law comes curses of not being able to abide by the law in totality. The condemnation for breaking the law was spiritual death, sickness, and poverty; it often had to be counteracted with strict rituals and sacrifices. This doesn’t mean that the curse is the law; it’s a curse of the law. The law itself is holy and a blessing, as it gives us a reference point of where our morals should lay. It’s probably a good idea to not murder or cheat on your spouse. There are over 600 laws that would result in a curse if not perfectly obeyed; that’s a hefty list to keep up with. Enter Jesus Christ. Galatians 3 explains that the power of sacrifice has perfectly freed us from these curses. We are no longer subject to condemnation for our sins or breaking the law. We are free to divulge in the act of repentance and leave our sinful nature behind…without facing spiritual death. You salvation isn’t determined by your works; it’s been paid for with the blood of Jesus. The gracious and loving Lord has known the end from the beginning. He knew the only answer to the evil in the world would be a sacrificial lamb, to redeem our souls from spiritual death.
Something Christ did not free us from was the blessings of the law. Obedience to the law and God’s commandments has resulted in blessings and continues to result in abundant living. When you line your will up with the Lord’s and claim the redemption freedom that is already set in place, you allow God a place in your life. Do not denounce the law, but use it as a guideline to live your life. When you break the law, repent, and remember that your sin is covered by the blood of Jesus. By grace, through faith, you have been sanctified and made a new creation. It’s time to stand up and redeem your redemption. Jesus won us back from our slavery to sin and to the law. With clear consciousness and clean slates, you can live out the will of the Lord and bask in His glory. God wants to bless you with what He has. He wants you to inherit the Kingdom and all of His possessions because you are His child. Claiming what’s rightfully yours and realizing the full horizon of what Jesus has done for you will open the heavens in your life. Praise God for the law, and praise God for the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.
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