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"For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse;
for it is written, 'CURSED is everyone who does not continue
IN ALL THINGS which are written in the book of the law, to do them.'”
This passage has not been preached on sufficiently from the pulpits. There is a very deep and profound statement made here: Those who place themselves under the law must keep the law fully, he must never break it, otherwise he/she is under a CURSE. Read the Scripture above again.
In other words, if you look to keeping the laws of God for your justification, then you must FULLY observe the laws of God. Otherwise you are under a curse.
This is pretty shocking when you realize the import of it. Most people judge themselves according to their perceived success or failure in keeping the laws of God. They need to be made to realize that if this is the basis for their justification, they must keep the law fully and completely. "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in ALL THINGS which are written in the book of the law, to do them." If you live under the law, be sure to bring all the required blood sacrifices and keep all the ordinances of the Temple. Friends, consider this carefully. It is vitally important to understand this, lest you be under a curse.
How then are we justified?
"But that NO ONE is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident,
for 'the just shall live by faith.'”
By faith? Faith in what?
We need to understand just exactly why Jesus Christ was crucified. He came into the world as the only human being who was sinless. So if he was sinless, why did the Father allow him to be tortured and crucified? He let him be tortured and crucified to bear the JUDGMENT on our sins.
If I sin, I incur guilt and guilt MUST be judged to satisfy justice. I cannot die as the atonement for my sin, because a sinner cannot do that, only a sinless one can. And he did. The guilt I incurred when I sinned - has been judged. Christ bore that judgment in his death on that Cross. He bore the judgment for every sin I have ever committed, or will commit. And because of that, I receive the righteousness IMPUTED to me through faith in what Jesus Christ accomplished on my behalf.
"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.'"
Because Christ is my savior, I have been made clean - in him.
"Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God, the Just, is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me."
Does that mean then, that I can just sin knowing my sin is judged in Christ? Of course not. What it means is that when Jesus becomes my Lord and Savior, when I am born again, he fills me with his Holy Spirit who will CHANGE me so that I don't WANT to sin. If indeed I DO sin yes, it has been judged already. But the only way to walk by faith is to avail oneself of the provision God has made for us, receiving the Holy Spirit which one receives upon being born again. Then the Holy Spirit makes me a new creation. This creates a radical change in the believer, and that complete change is the work of the Holy Spirit changing the believer from within.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
HE IS A NEW CREATION;"
2 Corinthians 5:17
Surrender yourself and your life to the One who created you. ASK him to become your Savior and your Lord. He knows every detail there is to know about you - he ordered your very DNA. He alone can enable you to walk by faith, when he becomes your Savior, and your Lord.
Jesus said, "You MUST be born again." In other words, there is no other way. He spoke those words to a religious man, a teacher, someone who studiously tried to keep the laws of God. He told this man that his religion cannot save him, he MUST be born again. Read John 3:1-8
Come to Jesus Christ and ask him for the born-again transformation, to receive that new life ...that changes everything. And sets you free.
Born Again - What Does That Mean?
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