13 Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its 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); 14 To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit
I love this passage, despite it’s technicality. It brings God home to me as a true Master Planner. After the fall of man, he just tried to navigate through life as best as he knew how. At some point, God started a lineage called the Israelites. He went into covenant with a man called Abraham. There were no rules. People just did the best that they could until many years later when God brought the Law through Moses. Then man lived by the do’s and don’ts that came with the Law. What he did not understand was that the Law was a means to an end rather than the real deal because it came laced with a curse- the inability to permanently deal with the issue of sin-it’s doom and condemnation. Then Jesus the Christ showed up. He was the real deal. He hung on the cross and took the curse that came with the Law, finally settling the sin issue-it’s doom, condemnation, influence and power.
But it did not end there, as soon as Jesus died on the cross, God took us back eons, back to the promises He made to Abraham, long before He brought the Law. What did He promise Abraham? He promised him a land and an heir (Genesis 12,15,18). In some translations, the heir is referred to as seed. I did the Math, land and seed get together and Abraham became fruitful. The blessing of fruitfulness is the blessing of Abraham. The curse of the Law took that away from us, but was restored on the cross.
I asked myself, why Abraham, why not any of the others? I realized that the plan of Salvation was a long journey that started with the covenant that God had with Abraham. He promised Abraham to bless him and he believed Him. It was credited to him as righteousness by faith. Abraham had right standing with God based on faith, belief in what God told him. That was the other blessing of Abraham. The Cross brought another phenomenon into the equation of life for man-faith. Faith gives Man the ability to access God and His plans for him. So Abraham became fruitful by faith.
So what does all this mean for you and I? God is indeed a Master Planner. He took His time and came up with the perfect plan to get us back to His original intention, that we be fruitful by faith. What does it mean to be fruitful? To be able to understand, access and work out God’s plan for our lives through the operation of faith.
The cross has made it possible for us to be all we can be for God. It has been guaranteed. No more limits. No more barriers. Jesus took all that away. We have all it takes. That is so liberating. Be fruitful in every area of your life. Be all that God has called you to be. Have a great week.