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. – Gal 3:13-14
Redemption is the release and liberation produced by the payment of a ransom. As creatures we are all under law. The formalities of the law may vary–but its essential principles are the same. The law commands us. It tells us what God requires of us. It demands that we be holy, just, and good. It threatens disobedience. It condemns the sinner. Its condemnation is called a curse. The Law dooms us to punishment from God. However, redemption through the shed blood of Jesus releases us from the curse. God cursed Mankind and all of Creation when man ate from the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:11-19). The curse continued through the ages until Jesus came (Gen 3:15, Gal 3:13).
The Great Exchange: How
We were in bondage to the law, When Christ came and died, He redeemed us from the curse of the law by shedding His blood (Eph 1:7-12). The blood of Jesus was the only means by which our salvation was purchased. It was through the shedding of Jesus’ blood that we received redemption, which is the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1:7, Col 1:14). Christ redeemed us, the just for the unjust (1 Pet 3:18) over 2,000 years ago. He will never die again (Rom 6:9-10). Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is already an accomplished work.
The Great Exchange: Why
- He became sin so that we may become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21).
- He became poor so we can become rich (2 Cor 8:9).
- He became sick and afflicted so we can abound in health (1 Pet 2:24).
- He became the curse so that can become the Blessing (Gal 3:13-14).
Danger of Living Under the Law
The main danger of living under the law is that we tend to exhibit a performance mindset (what we can do), rather than a relationship mindset (who we are in Christ). We think that we can earn God’s blessing because of what we can do, rather than manifesting who we are by redemption (Col 2:20-22, Rom 7:21-25).
We have a choice between the way of the blessing – Gal 3:14 and the way of the curse – Gal 3:10. We can try to curry God’s favor our way by our works, or we can do it in humble reliance on the status that we now possess through redemption — the Great Exchange. When we do so, we enjoy His blessings to the fullest, and in everything He gets the glory.