“13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
Moses was the mediator of the Law so that the blessing of Abraham might come unto the Jews. Jesus fulfilled the Law so that both the Jews and the Gentiles would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
No man, Jew or Gentile, could fulfill the Law. The penalty of the broken law was and is death. The Jews who understood this looked to the sacrifice of bulls and goats to atone for their sin and reconcile them unto God. These sacrifices could not pay the penalty of their sin and redeem them unto God but served as a stop gap measure to atone for their sin so that they may have fellowship with God until the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Jews who did not understand this looked to their consecration; their work of sacrificing the bulls and goats to make them righteous. Their faith, being placed in their work, produced self righteousness and pride. The Law had no power to change the heart of sinful man.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law. HE paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe…Jew or Gentile, black or white. There is but one race and that is the human race and in the Eyes of Almighty God there are but 2 people; Saved and unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by their works are unsaved. Those who seek to fulfill the Law by faith in Jesus’ finished work are Saved. We are under the Abrahamic Covenant through our Mediator, Jesus Christ. The blessings of God are yes and amen to whosoever will believe according to HIS Will and not our own. We ask and receive not because we are asking amiss (James 4:3)…we’re asking according to our own will.
We must all beware lest our consecration to the Lord becomes ambition and our faith greed. Faith in our consecration leads to self righteousness and pride. It is the leaven which leavens the whole lump. We are not blessed because of our consecration but because of the Cross of Christ. Jesus afforded us reconciliation with our Father through the Cross. It is at Calvary that the penalty of sin was paid and it’s power broken. It is at Calvary’s that we are able to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. At Calvary, our works are laid waste and humility arises. At Calvary woe is me cries out from the heart of sinful man and Grace overflows…Divine Grace; Grace which expels that which is unpleasing to God.
Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God. It is HIS finished work which affords us the blessings of God…not our consecration. Beware lest our eyes fall upon our work and not His. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren