“And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 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 3:12-14 (Please read the whole of Galatians chapter 3 for contextual understanding).
This topic is a sacred cow! If we kill it properly, it will set us free from all man made bondage and deception . I hope you are conversant with the discussion so far, I will encourage you to go through the previous 9 capsules to refresh your mind and see things in the right context. In capsule 9, I showed that even under the OT, the blessing is more potent than the curse for the children of Israel. Remember that the OT was a shadow, a temporary imperfect arrangement before the real deal NT was established (Galatians 3:23-25, Hebrews 8:13). Please consider and ponder our index scripture, Galatians 3:12-14, it is key to unlocking this knotty topic, we would come back to this again and again.
Before I explain the mechanics, look at John 10:10. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly'. This sets an eternal principle of God, He doesn't just give enough, He gives more than enough.....abundant. In this instance the life of God (or blessings) is in excess of what is needed to overcome the effects of any curse that is designed to steal, kill or destroy. That is why one of His covenant name is El Shaddai or Almighty God. The same principle is seen in Ephesians 3:20, '....exceeding, abundantly, above'.
In the OT, largely the Blessings of the Lord come through the Law, and curses result from transgressions of the Law (Deuteronomy 28). The Lord however knowing that it was virtually impossible for them to keep every law, provided a sacrifice for every transgression, and as additional insurance He provided a day of atonement every year when all the 'sins' are laid on the scape goat. This was not a perfect arrangements but was effective for that dispensation. In the NT we are blessed through the sacrifice of Christ, that is, the Blessings of the Lord come through faith in what Christ did. This truth has been repeated so many times that we don't pause to consider. This is such an absolutely perfect work that to add to it makes it void (Romans 11:6). I pray you are understanding this, It is the fulfilment of the Law by Christ and our faith in Him that gives us access to the blessings. This is so because Christ was the only person that was able to fulfil the Law perfectly (Matthew 5:17, Romans 3:20, 28). For us the keeping of the Law does not make God love you more or less, His love is unconditional because He has seen the travail of Christ and He is satisfied (Isaiah 53:11). Secondly, the sacrifice of Christ (unlike in the OT) was Once for All time and All peoples (Hebrews 9:11-12, 15, Hebrews 10:11-14, 1John 2:2).. Thirdly, Christ's present day ministry is that of intercession for the Saints (Romans 8:24). I say all these to establish the truth that the Blessings of the Lord come from putting faith in what Christ did, you cannot earn it, but only receive it as a gift.
On the other hand, whilst keeping of the law does not make God love you more, it however makes you love God more, it creates a tenderness of the heart that is expressed through our love for Him. The sacrifice of Christ does not give a license to sin but a liberty from sin. As a matter of fact, a proper understanding of the previously discussed, should make you abhor and avoid sin. Sin hardens the heart, creates a callousity and lack of sensitivity to things of God (I will discuss this further when we are putting balance to this teaching). One of the reasons why we struggle to see the blessings of the Lord active, is because we struggle with faith. Faith flows when God's love is revealed (Galatians 5:6, Jude 1:20-21). It is far profitable if your obedience to God is prompted by Love for Him, because it enhances your faith and activates the blessings that are already yours through Christ and resident in you.
In closing, if you are in Christ (2 Corinth 5:17), just as Christ is the sure conduit for the Blessings of the Lord by faith, He is the impenetrable defence and complete prevention from curses (Galatians 3:13, Colossians 2:13-14). This is what we would consider in some depth in the next capsule. These truths are not something you come across just once and completely grasp. It has taken me years of meditating on them before I can share them with any clarity, even then they are still unfolding to me and will continue to unfold. I say all these to encourage you (2 Timothy 2:15).
CHRIST: THE BLESSINGS ARE THROUGH HIM, THE CURSES ARE PREVENTED BY HIM
We would continue the part 2 in capsule 11. Please meditate on Galatians 3:12-14. In capsule 12, the last in this series we would answer some nagging questions, then it will be time for pulse and temperature check next.