Released from the Curse

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 3:10-14

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (v. 13)

Since Christ saved us completely, why would anyone try to get saved by keeping God’s law? Dallas Willard once noted that the power of God’s kingdom is available to us. That’s part of what “the kingdom of God is at hand” means (Mark 1:15). Willard compared this to rural electrification in the early 20th century when for the first time, people who lived out in the country had access to electrical power lines. Some people did not trust electricity and so refused to hook up their houses. They kept washing clothes by hand and cooking over open fires and buying blocks of ice to keep food cool rather than bring in the power that would make life much easier.

But suppose someone did hook into electricity. Suppose they had all that power. Why then would you keep doing things the old way when much better ways were right there? So also with Christ: perfection and salvation are yours already, Paul tells the Galatians. So why have all that power and still insist that salvation comes from keeping the law? Because if you mess up the law just a little—if you keep 99 laws but still break one law—you are doomed. Who wants to live with that abiding fear? And who would live with that kind of pressure when the power of God is wired into you as it is?

We are free from the law’s curse through Christ, Paul says. Don’t now drag the curse back into your life! —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: O Lord, let us never hinder your power flowing through us.