Unconditionally blessed

In Deuteronomy 28:1-12 we read about a myriad of blessings that was promised to the Israelites … IF they were obedient and followed the law at all times. However, if they did not obey the law, a myriad of curses would come their way (Deuteronomy 28:14-45).  We have already established that we have been set free from the law and legalism through the complete sacrifice of Jesus. He came to fulfill the law, so that we do not have to submit to it in order to be righteous in God’s eyes.

Because we believe in the complete sacrifice of Jesus we are called sons of Abraham due to our faith, not sons of Moses due to our holy adherence to the law. That means we are heirs according to a promise, not according to a set of rules that is followed (as was the case with the Israelites in Deuteronomy).

“Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham.” Gal 3:7

To understand that we are now unconditionally blessed, we must look to God’s actions toward Abraham. He came to Abraham and told him He wants to bless him, without any conditions following this statement. We are now also unconditionally blessed because of our faith in Christ.  So – how blessed you are does not depend on how holy you live, or how closely you follow the law – it is a free gift and an unconditional promise which is true in Christ.

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and [a]curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].” Gen 12:2-3

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True freedom

If there is one aspect of being born again that we need to protect, it is our freedom.  Many Christians start off experiencing the exhilarating redemption of the cross, only to slowly walk into legalism – one foot at a time.  Before they know it they feel depressed, enslaved under a yoke which brings no joy.   This yoke is the law, and we have been set free from it.

“Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and it’s condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);” Gal 3:13

The law is clearly described as a curse in the above mentioned verse. If Christ purchased our freedom from this law, why would He want us to submit to it once again?  It makes no sense.

“In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].” Gal 5:1

Jesus lived perfectly in order to fulfill the law.  We cannot be redeemed by following a set of rules – we can only be redeemed through faith in the finished work on the cross.

“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], so that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].” Rom 8:3-4