Christ Redeemed Us from the Curse of the Law

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”).

Galatians 3:13

God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, gives us knowledge that we have sinned and are worthy of death. No one can be justified by the works of the law. Instead of reaching salvation through the law, what we get is a curse. Only Jesus redeems us from the curse of the Law. He offered himself as a guarantor of our salvation by becoming a curse according to what is written.

Scripture is quoted in Galatians 3:13 is Deuteronomy 21:22-23, which says: If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God. We’ve all committed crimes deserving death of being hanged and made curse; but Jesus took our place and made himself a curse for us.

Contrary to what some may say, the law was to be fulfilled not to be to rape it. Jesus fulfilled the law completely. Galatians 4:4-5 says: But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. When we are under the law, any violation, however small it may seem condemns us. Jesus Christ came to take the place of every human being for the weight of the law fall on Him and giving us the opportunity to be exonerated of our guilt.

Paul reaffirms that concept in Romans 8:3-4 when he says:  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. The law makes it impossible for us to save ourselves because of our carnal weakness. The righteousness of the Law can only be fulfilled in us through the totally righteous Son of God.

When we meditate deeply what the Bible says, we can realize that there is not a single human being able to say that gathers sufficient merit that guarantee a place in the Kingdom of God. The truth is that sin excludes us from the presence of a holy God and everyone, without exception, has sinned. God, in His perfect justice will not leave any sin without due punishment and the wages of sin is death as it is written. So who wants to be saved by his or her own righteousness is practically assured their exclusion from the presence of God.

The real redemption comes from God himself, who sent a perfect being, His Son Jesus Christ, to pay for the sins of all mankind. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 we read: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Salvation is not about what we can do but what Jesus Christ already did for us on the cross of Calvary. Our part is to repent of our sins and give a 180 degree turning us to Him. Salvation is a gift, let stretch out your hand and reaches this wonderful gift that will give eternal life. God bless you.

Keeping the Commandments

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

John 14:21

There are still many people who think they can achieve their salvation by keeping the commandments. However, the Bible is very clear about this and tells us that salvation is by grace, not by works of the law. The question then is should we keep the commandments? The answer is yes, but the reason is not because they lead us to salvation. In John 14:21 Jesus says we have and keep his commandments is to show that we love Him.

An excellent application for what it says John 14:21 is what he said the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon: “If Christ died for me, ungodly as I am, then I cannot live in sin, but I should get up, love and serve who has redeemed me. I cannot play with the evil that has killed my best friend. I must be holy for love of Him.” The act of keeping the commandments is our best answer to the salvation by grace that we obtained.

On the other hand, the American writer Tullian Tchividjian (1972- ) said: “You cannot cancel your sin to live observing the Law. Nothing can remove sin except the grace of God.” Tchividjian continues: “The Law brings us knees before grace. The gospel keeps us on our knees in gratitude.” What he says first Tchividjian is just what the Bible says about the Law is not useful to forgive sins. But our gratitude to whom saved us undeservedly should move us to observe the Law once we are saved.

We must be very aware of something about the commandments and grace. First of all, the Law clearly demonstrates our sinfulness. The application of the law of God is relentless; who violates a simple statute is guilty of all. Therefore, no one is innocent in the trial when the Law is applied. That makes it impossible for any person to acquire salvation through compliance with the Law.

As God is a just judge, He will not forsake sin, which is the same as a crime against Him, without retribution. If we endeavor to justify through the Law, no doubt we will be found guilty. That’s why someone should pay for our crimes and sins. Jesus Christ offered to be the scapegoat on which the full weight of the Law will be applied for our sins. In us it is to decide if we accept that pay for them or assume ourselves our punishment, which is eternal death.

If our decision is to accept the gift of love of grace, it is not possible that we intend to continue our past life back to God’s Law. God’s love and grace should move us to keep His commandments. There’s the new birth, to leave the past life of sin and take the path of holiness. To say that we accept the grace and keep practicing sin is a great hypocrisy and deception.

While keeping the commandments does not lead to salvation, once we are saved by grace, the Law leads us to holiness without which no man shall see God. Once we become to Christ is not God who is under our service as many may think, it is us that we have transformed into His servants and His children and as such we are subject to Him, to His rules not ours. God bless you.

For Who Is the Law?

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

1 Timothy 1: 8-10

In 1 Timothy 1:8-10, the apostle Paul says that the law is good if one uses it lawfully. Paul also states that the law was not made for a righteous but for the sinner. And again has a long list of violators of the law including the lawless, insubordinate, ungodly, sinners, unholy, profane, parricide, matricides, manslayers, fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, and perjurers. In short, Paul indicates that such people are opposed to sound doctrine.

The first thing Paul says is that the law is good. The English clergyman Maurice Roberts (1938- ) explains: “The Ten Commandments are not a lead yoke around our neck, but a framework of blessing and happiness while living on Earth. Just as we cannot live without the law of gravity, we cannot live happily without the Ten Commandments. As gravity anchor us safely to our earthly home, just as the moral Law of God intended us to keep us from hurting ourselves and others.”

Rightfully, the Law of God prevents us from all dangers that we face. Among them not to fall into a false religion, protect our body and soul, tyranny and defending life, teaches us to live in chastity and prosperity, it shows us how to protect our reputation and to control our innermost thoughts. Some of the Ten Commandments are the basis of human laws whose violation could lead us into prison, and in some countries to be sentenced to death.

Now Paul also emphasizes that Law was given for the lawless and insubordinate. That is, for each of those who stray from the path indicated by God. Today, many people fascinated by the freedom to do whatever he wants. The Irish preacher Frederick Leavy (1922-2006) said: “How often we hear: ‘I have the right to do what I want with my body.’ Nothing can be further from the truth. Before the Law of God no man or woman is free to do with his or her body as he or she pleases.”

Regarding those concerned Leavy of people saying they are entitled to do with their body what they want, Paul mentions at least two that would fall into that category, and they are fornicators and sodomites. We all know that fornicators are those who practice sex outside of marriage. Sodomite refers to those who practice sodomy. And sodomy refers to certain sexual behaviors, historically used to describe the act of anal sex between homosexuals and other male homosexual practices, although it can also be used to describe heterosexual anal sex.

Today we can see that modern societies have legalized sodomy, which many see as more acceptable than preaching the gospel. The revelation that the Spirit gave Paul when he said that such people are opposed to sound doctrine is clear. That is precisely what we live today, where sodomy practitioners feel great right to require God to change His law to fit their thinking. God bless you.

Ignore the Law Does Not Exempt You

For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified.

Romans 2:12-13

A while back someone reminded me of an old saying who innocently sins are condemned innocently. If we used the word “innocent” to describe who do know the Law and violate it, then the saying might be paraphrasing Romans 2:12-13. The fact of not having knowledge of God’s law does not give exemption from blame if violated. As Scripture states that violating the law of God is sin, whether we know it or not, anyway we’ll guilty at trial.

When a foreigner violates the laws of the country in which he is in no way a judge will forgive him because that person did not know that he had violated the law. The court will apply the law as it has been established and condemned according to the corresponding code. If that person leave it be released or pardoned by the judge, it will not be for having been found him innocent, but because the judge treated him with mercy.

Likewise, God, a Just Judge will find guilty anyone who violates His law with or without knowledge. If we are forgiven it is not by us but by His grace. And that is something that should be very clear in the mind of each. As the English theologian John Wesley (1703-1791) said: “Before I can preach love, mercy and grace, I must preach sin, law and judgment.”

Today many people want to impose their views to God. These people are entitled to disavow the very Word of God when their preferences are confronted. In the name of free thought, of coexistence, diversity, God’s law is ignored and, rather than ignore, is intended to cancel it. Such attempts are useless according to Romans 2:12-13, because the judgment of God is inevitable. So ignoring the law does not help us nor exonerates.

The English clergyman Maurice Roberts (1938- ) said: “The ‘freedom’ of men in a world without rules or law would be the ‘freedom’ of the jungle or the depths of the sea, where the strong devour the weak and the largest eats to the smallest. It would be a nightmarish existence. A world in which there is no fear of punishment. It is a world where there is nothing but fear. Freedom begins when the law is executed, not when it is abolished.”

Believe it or not, it will be a judgment for every human being to die. In this trial, our works will be compared with the standard of the Law of God. No matter whether we believe or not in God. No matter if we know His Law. Our beliefs are not going to be the scale with which we will be measured. God sets the rules, not us. The downside for us is that the Law is extremely strict and a simple deviation from it makes us guilty because it is completely equivalent to rape.

To give you an idea that God’s Law is designed to make true justice, let think that a just, Jesus Christ had to pay for the sins of all with the sole purpose of giving opportunity to be justified. I like a phrase from Puerto Rican evangelist Yiye Avila (1925-2013): “If you do not accept Christ as your Savior, one day you have to face God as judge.” Do not run that risk, today is the day of repenting, become to Jesus Christ and accept the gift of eternal life. God bless you.

Relying on the Works of the Law is Curse

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “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

There are people who are still considered good and that their works can take them to heaven. Galatians 3:10 gives a sharp blow to those who think so when it says many as are of the works of the law are under the curse. Failing Law at one point is equivalent to rape it completely. A simple “white lie” means to be guilty for breaking the Ten Commandments. But it is even worse because according to Deuteronomy 27:26: Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.

What both Deuteronomy 27:26 and Galatians 3:10 tell us is a voice of warning to all human beings. If we were not yet convinced that the works of the law does not save us; we doubted whether it was true that the Law gives knowledge of sin, reading these two scriptures should make us tremble with fear. Both agree that that depend on the works of the law are under a curse.

God’s Law is not bad, bad is breaking it. Unfortunately for us, it is impossible to fully comply with the requirement of the Law. In this sense, who depends on it for justification will lose salvation. And if salvation is a blessing, otherwise it is a curse. And the opposite of salvation is damnation. The mandate of remaining in all things written in the book of the Law is the only thing that saves us from the curse. But we are not able to stay in the whole Law, so, in this way, the curse is guaranteed.

Must clarify an important point, obeying the law of God is not harmful nor leads to curse. The problem is our inability to obey one hundred percent, which makes us all guilty of raping it when we break a single point. And when we become lawbreakers, then we are guilty, which ensures the punishment. The violation of the Law of God is called sin and condemnation for sin is death.

Only a man has lived on earth that never broke the Law of God, Jesus Christ. His 33 years on the surface of our planet He lived without sin once. And, without guilt, He took the place for us. Galatians 3:13 says: 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”. The punishment for our sins was received by Him, to pay the debt corresponding to each one of us.

The American pastor Paul David Tripp (1950) said. “You must commit to obey God, not as payment for your sin, but as a celebration of the payment already made.” This payment was done by Jesus dying on the cross for you, for me and for the rest of humanity. His death was to replace ours because of the sins of all. He became a curse for us and gave us redemption.

Relying on the deeds of the Law is curse, but Jesus fulfilled the law completely and took upon Himself your sins, and your curse. Now that you know, do not be saved by Lhe law, all you can do is repent of your sins, give your heart to Jesus Christ and accept His gift of salvation and eternal life. God bless you.

No Excuse

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Romans 1:18-20

An old saying says that since excuses were invented nobody is bad. That might work between humans and under certain circumstances. However, in terms of our relationship with God, we have no excuse for our sin. Long before God handed him the tablets of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, He Himself had revealed to mankind His rules since the creation when instructed our first parents in Eden. From there, we were already warned without valid excuse for our failures.

I will share a story I read a while ago. It is said that many years ago the Viceroy of Naples made a visit to Barcelona, ​​Spain. In the port there was a rowing boat, a galley, with prisoners sentenced to rowing, usual for the time penalty. Viceroy approached to prisoners and asked them what had happened, who had been living in this situation now. That voice heard terrible stories first.

The first man said he was there because a judge accepted a bribe from his enemies and sentenced him unfairly. The second said somebody had paid his enemies false witnesses to accuse him. The third said he had been betrayed by his best friend, who escaped justice leaving him. And so on. Finally the Viceroy talked to a man who said, “My lord, I’m here because I deserve it. I needed money and stole a person. I’m here because I deserve to be.”

The Viceroy was absolutely stunned and retracing the slave ship captain said: “Here we have all these men who are innocent, are here for unjust causes, and here this evil man in his midst. Release him immediately, afraid they infect others.” So the man who had confessed he was released and pardoned, while those who continued excusing themselves returned to the oars.

This is a true story, and the moral is obvious. We speak of excuses and their power. How we kept chained and subjects in a certain order of things. Spiritually it happens something very similar. Most people when confronted by their sins will present excuses. You might say things like these: “I had no guilt for having committed adultery, she was so beautiful that provoked me”, or “I lit candles to the saints because my grandmother taught me, but it was not my fault”, and many others.

But the Lord makes it very clear in John 15:22: If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. God’s Law condemns us and Jesus told us how that could save us and be forgiven of our sins. The gospel is clear, our work instead of saving us show our guilt. Only the grace justifies us; but the excuses for our sins, especially the sin of rejecting Christ, just carry conviction in God’s judgment. Let it of making excuses, it’s time to repent of all sin. God bless you.

Faith Establishes the Law

Since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Romans 3:30-31

In chapter 3 of the book of Romans, Paul takes us to the conclusion that we are justified by grace through faith without the deeds of the Law. Some people may mistakenly think that the Law was annulled by faith and grace. But the issue cannot be treated so lightly. The Law shows us sin that condemns us and shows us that our only way out is grace. And we are led to grace through faith, which, according to Romans 3:31 establishes the Law.

Throughout the New Testament it is very clear that the justification of sinful humanity is reached by grace, not by works of the law. We got to the grace putting our faith in Jesus Christ, who paid with His death on the cross for all our sins. Be rescued from a life sentence in hell through faith, does not authorize us to blatantly violate the Law, but confirms that all that the Law prohibits is sin and sin destroys our relationship with God.

Messages to the seven churches which are in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea are presented in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. Those messages were directed to believers who had recognized Jesus as their Lord and Savior at some point in their lives. However, the Lord found deviations in some of them and confronted them summoning them to straighten their way not to miss.

The Lord calls for repentance to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5: Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. The warning to repent brings the consequences of ignoring what the Lord says.

The church at Pergamum is ordered repentance in Revelation 2:16: Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. The same applies to the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:3: Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

Finally, the Lord rebukes vigorously to the Laodicea church in Revelation 3:18-19:  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Clearly, breaking the Law after being touched by grace through faith is not in the plans of God. The Lord rebukes the churches confirms what Paul wrote in Romans 3:30-31: faith does not invalidate the Law but confirms it. Being justified by faith in Jesus Christ, our best response to His great love, His forgiveness and His infinite mercy is resigning irrevocably to sin and confirming the Law. God bless you.

Obedience Must Be Perfect

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

James 2:10

Human religious tradition has established a severity scale for sin. They have made the same way as with the civil laws. In societies there are crimes that are penalized with higher punishment than other. Thus, they can be considered as very dangerous criminals to serial murderers, child molesters, drug dealers or terrorists; while they are seen as less serious offenses giving false testimony or steal a lesser amount. But the criterion of the Bible is that any violation of the Law of God is equivalent to rape it completely.

I will present here something that the British minister Derek Thomas (1953- ) said: “There are only two ways of salvation: by Law or by grace. If salvation is to be obtained by Law, you need a perfect obedience. There can be no imperfections and defects, because the Law will never have mercy. It knows nothing about grace or forgiveness. It demands perfection, because anyone who transgresses even a small detail violates the whole Law of God. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).”

Derek Thomas continues: “Going to heaven through obedience requires perfection. Just doing the best you can it will be insufficient; good intentions are not enough. It is vitally important to understand exactly how the law demands from us, if it is that we think to be in a right relationship with God through the observance of the Law, in simple words: for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (Galatians 2:16).”

I have known people who fear to read the Old Testament, but they love to read the New. It is likely that these people do not even know the reason why while in the Old they see God as punisher; in the New they view Him as a God of love. The reason is that the Old covenant was governed by Law, but grace is the driving force of the new covenant. If you’re going to be bound by the old covenant, your obedience to the Law must be perfect because otherwise you will be liable to judgment.

I think the best example I know to describe how God’s Law applies is the federal law on sexual abuse in the United States. Who is convicted of sexual abuse in the United States, virtually has a condemnation upon him chasing him for the rest of his life. No matter that the person has fully served his sentence in prison, anyway, coming out of it, his name is placed on a public register to which any citizen has access and data are placed on a website with your photo and the label “sexual predator.”

No matter if the person was accused of sexual offense because he only undue friction over another person, for the purposes of the law, it’s a sexual predator and he should carry that stigma for life. In the same way, who he said only a “small white lie” or once looked greedily the new car of his neighbor, will be found to have completely violated the Ten Commandments.

Knowing that no human being is perfect, it is impossible to meet the requirements of the implacable Law of God. If you want to enjoy forgiveness, mercy and love of God, do not trust your works, but repent of your sins and become Christ. God bless you.

The True Nature of Sin

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Romans 7:7

In Romans 7:7, Paul returns to address the issue of sin and its relationship with the Law, in this case, the apostle refers to the tenth commandment in Exodus 20:17: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. And again we see very clear that the knowledge of sin comes through knowing what expresses the Law, since the violation of the commandment is what constitutes sin.

Consider what he told the British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). “The problem with people who are not looking for the Savior and salvation, they do not understand the nature of sin.” When we compare what God’s law says we will realize that everything it forbids is a sin. Consequently, the nature of sin is anything that violates God’s law. No one can assume that he is innocent, that means we all need a Savior.

Before anyone can be touched by grace, he or she must be fully aware of his or her sinfulness. Only the law can shed light on our sinful nature. Therefore, the most effective evangelism is the one that begins with the preaching of the Law. That was what raises the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) when he says. “It’s a big mistake to give a man who has no conviction of sin, certain passages that were never designed for him. What he needs is the Law.”

Modern preaching is to draw people to Christ with wrong motives. Say you’ll be happier if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is a big lie. Tell you that all your problems will be solved when you become a Christian is also a fallacy. Say you will be prospered because you will be son of the King of kings is not something that can be guaranteed. Jesus never made such promises and we are not one to add to His Word things He never said.

Anyone who does not need Jesus Christ will be? Of course, the answer is not. All, without exception, we need Him urgently. But our need for Him is not to help us find a job or to get us a couple, or to cure us of disease, or to be happy. All we need Jesus, the Savior, because we are sinners unable to save ourselves. Our sins have condemned us to hell hopelessly. Only by accepting that He pays for them, we will be released from the punishment we deserve.

As the English preacher William Jay (1769-1853) said: “The way to achieve comfort and consolation, it is not denying, hiding or crippling our sins, but confessing all its infamy and treating the matter with God, placing right where the Word puts us.” I invite you to do today exactly what William Jay says. Confess your sins to God and get right with Him, His love and forgiveness will ease you. God bless you.

What Jesus Says About the Commandments

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19

For many modern preachers, we are under the dispensation of grace and everything related to the Law it has been canceled. When we read what the Lord says in Matthew 5:19 in light of modern education, we may ask the famous question of Quico, the character of Chavo del Ocho, “What did he mean me?” I think the answer is pretty clear Jesus warns the consequences of breaking and teach breaking the commandments. We know that the law does not lead to salvation; but grace does not give us license to break it.

Jesus’ intention was never to abolish the Law but to enforce itself. Since the Law shows sin, in Matthew 5:19, the Lord is calling to be taught it and not broken. No doubt that if someone does not recognize within his or her impotence to save on their own because of sin, this person will never feel the need to be saved.

It cannot be overlooked to show the Law to unbelievers to make them aware of their sinfulness. It does not severely it constrains the work of evangelizing the lost. The American pastor Walter J. Chandry (1930- ) has understood this very well when he says: “The absence of God’s holy law in modern preaching is probably more responsible factor than any other for the evangelistic impotence of our churches and missions.”

If we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, it is our duty to stand firm and say biblical truths in the same way that Jesus did. Another American pastor, John MacArthur (1939- ) said: “One of the problems of evangelism today is that Christians are not willing to stand firm face to face with the world and tell the truth of Jesus Christ as they are.”

We cannot preach the gospel gilding the pill to listeners. God has not given us permission to accommodate His Holy Word to the fashions of the moment. Scripture has no expiration date and all of it continues to be valid. The true preacher of the Gospel cannot afford to just share what appears to be politically correct. The American preacher Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) said: “No we are commanded to diplomacy but as prophets, and our message is nothing more than an ultimatum.”

Wickedness has multiplied on earth and that has resulted in sensitivity to sin be anesthetized. The parameters of the world are increasingly alienated from God. The redefinition of the fundamentals has turned bad into good and good into evil. It is time for the church of Christ to awaken from its slumber and is routed along the path traced the Divine Master. Time is running out and we are responsible to snatch souls to hell. God bless you.