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From Olive Branch Ministries

By Mark and Tinsley Baker

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Redeemed From The Curse Pt. 2


Galatians 3:13. 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''),

14. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

In the first part of this lesson we talked about the curse of the law and specifically what it is. Refer to Deuteronomy the 28th chapter, and we see specifically that the curse of the law was many fold, and included disease of every kind, financial ruin, destruction of your family, lack of peace or mental illness, we can see clearly that the curse of the law included every disease known and every disease that there was, whether recorded in the Book or not, from verse 61. "Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed." By reading this scripture as well as others in the Old Covenant we would conclude that God brought these things upon people, yet according to Dr. Robert Young, a renowned Greek and Hebrew Bible scholar, the verb was written in the permissive tense in the original language rather than the causative tense. But because the English of the day when the King James was written, had no permissive tense the translators translated it in the causative tense. I said this just to point out that God is not evil, the Word says, the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. Lets not mix up good and evil, the Lord is good not evil.

Psalms 100:5. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

It is important that we see and understand the truth. God is good not evil and His desire for mankind is to demonstrate that goodness toward us.

Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

When we understand this, we wonít be confused where the evil is coming from, and it becomes easier for us to receive God's blessings. vs. 14 of our text says,

that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, yet we must also realize that we have been redeemed out of something, into something. It doesnít just end with us being redeemed from the curse, praise God we have, but we have been redeemed from the curse that, or we might say so that we might receive. Receive what, receive the Holy Spirit. Redemption is not just so we can go to heaven someday, although that is certainly true, thank God. We just read Jeremiah; God wants us to have a future with hope, and I might add, while we are here on this earth. We have been redeemed into blessings. We now have the blessing of Abraham, that is the promise of the spirit through faith.

The blessing of Abraham provided healing in the Old Covenant, how much more in the New Covenant. If the New Covenant doesnít provide for healing, then we are not in a better Covenant, are we?

Hebrews 8:6. But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

Many Christians believe God puts sickness on people to teach them a lesson, or to draw them closer to Him, yet that is not what we see in the Word of God, as a matter of fact just the opposite. Weíre in a better Covenant with better promises, praise God. What kind of a loving parent would want their children to be sick? If you made Jesus the Lord of your life, then you are Godís child. In the Old Covenant the children of Israel were called God's servants, we are called His children. If you were a parent, would you make your child sick to keep them closer to you? NO, that is twisted and perverted even in the natural, This is religion speaking, not God's Word. God wants his children to be whole, healthy and prosperous, not maimed, sick, and poverty stricken. Man has failed in his attempt to properly discern the Word of God, so instead of admitting that they blew it, they just made a doctrine out of unbelief, after all, it is much easier to blame God than admit we are wrong isnít it? Lets get our thinking straight, God is not the author of sickness and disease, Satan is. Do you remember what Jesus said in the gospel of Luke?

Luke 13:16 "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound think of it for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?''

Jesus first pointed out that this woman is a daughter of Abraham, this is signifying, that she was a Covenant daughter of Abraham, that wasnít just a term of endearment, it meant something. Secondly he said Satan bound this woman, not God. Satan bound her and Jesus set her free. Thatís the way it went all through the New Testament. Satan did the binding and Jesus did the loosing.

1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, not to give him a hand in destroying mankind. Satan is the destroyer, Jesus is the healer. Jesus said so Himself in Johnís Gospel.

John 10:10. "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Acts 10:38. "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

According to Acts, the devil was the oppressor, and Jesus was doing good when he healed, so lets get our thinking straight. We also know by the Scripture, that Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He has not changed, arenít you glad?

His attitude toward sickness and disease are the same now as they were when He was walking the shores of Galilee. My question is why arenít we walking in it if it is true? And it is true. Iím not going to blame God if I miss it, so Iíve got to go to the Word of God to find the answer to the truth. Letís look at our text.

Galatians 3:13. 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''),

14. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

It says in vs. 14. We receive the promise by faith. We have to receive it, its not just going to drop out of the sky and hit us in the head like chicken little. We have an active part to play in this. Letís do our part and receive the promises of God, and prove God's Word true, because it is! Amen.

We have to acknowledge God's Word is true and the first step we have to take step is to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus, and make Him the Lord of our life. If you have not taken this first step then I would like to invite you to do so by praying this prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "Öand the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You wonít cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).

I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "Öthat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "Ö with the heart one believes to righteousnessÖ" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),

And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!

I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!

Glory to God!!!! Amen.