Not Cursed But Affirmed

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 3:10-14

One of the most severe, condemning words in the Eng lish language is the word curse. To curse someone is to call down the wrath of God on that person. It is literally to be God-damned. In our Scripture lesson the word curse or cursed is used five times. Paul obviously wants to make a point. He begins by saying that all who rely on keeping the law (self effort) for their salvation are under a curse. Paul is not saying, as is often taught, that the Jews were cursed because they could not keep the law. Every Jew knew that he could not keep the law. That is why they went to the temple, repented and offered sacrifices for their sins. No, the reason the law does not bring salvation is because it was not meant to do so. Its purpose is to reveal that we are under the curse and power of sin.

The good news (gospel) is that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. He did this on the cross when he took upon himself the curse of our sin. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). There is only one way to be saved because only Jesus Christ, God’s Son, can lift the curse under which everyone, Jews and Gentiles, find themselves.

PRAYER

Eternal God, thank you for saving me from the curse due me for my sin, through faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.