The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Redemption that is in Christ Jesus
By Michael Zaucha
 
(Part 3)

 

 


“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal. 3:13-14).


 
The Provision of Him that Hangeth on a Tree.  But, praise God for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mk. 1:1), which reveals the wonderful works of God through Jesus. The Gospel reveals Jesus as God’s Elect servant, whom God Himself upholds. Jesus is the One God’s soul delights in.  Jesus is the One God put His Spirit upon, in order that Jesus would bring forth judgment (that is, a favorable verdict) to the Gentiles (Isa. 42:1): that is, the Gentiles, too, would partake of the benefit of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
 
So if there are any Gentiles reading today, you must hear this proclamation of truth and give heed to it, for your salvation depends on it. And to the former Gentiles here, who have partaken of the Promised Provision, who are now seen by God no longer as Gentiles, but as the “general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven (Heb. 12:23). In this change, we have much to be thankful for, and it is because of our being redeemed from the curse of the law.
 
Unto Our Receiving The Blessing. Our redemption from the curse of the law was absolutely vital to our receiving THE blessing of Abraham. And there is no need to speculate as to this blessing: for what saith the Scripture: “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3-5). The Galatian text of our consideration is revealing the substance of our faith by which we are accounted as righteous before God- it is in believing in the One, our Lord Jesus Christ who redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
 
As was said earlier, in order for the righteousness of God to come upon the Gentiles – and the Jews - sin had to be judged righteously, which included the partaking of the cursing of God. The law had pronounced a righteous judgment on the one that sinned, and it demanded its sentence to be carried out. And when God made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin (II Cor. 5:21), while He hung on the cross, Jesus partook of the curse of God: “if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: (for he that is hanged is accursed of God” (Deut. 21:22-23).
 
While on the cross, the body of sin (Rom. 6:6) was laid upon Him, and thusly, the curse of God was upon Him. On the cross, the righteous judgment of God fell upon Him, and the law’s sentence was carried out in full. In the cross, God spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all (Rom. 8:32), cursing Him, hanging Him on a tree, being put to death for our transgression (Isa. 53:5).
 
The One Who Knew No Sin.  Let us all be very clear of this one thing: Jesus didn’t deserve the shame and cursing of God – we did! But we couldn’t bear the judgment of God’s cursing, only Jesus, the Son of God could! For Jesus alone is the Fit Man of God (Lev. 16:21-22). In view of what His Son would have to bear through His death on the cross, God also commanded: “His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury Him that day” (Deut. 21:23). After Jesus endured the cross despising its shame (Heb. 12:3), His Father would not allow for a single moment longer for His Son to be shamed. And never again would His Son endure such shame again!
 
“And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre.  But God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:29-30). And having redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us, the blessings of God would flow forth to everyone that believes the record that God has given of His Son, the record that declares God’s acceptance of His Son’s death in our behalf (I Jn. 5:10-11).
 
The truth of what Jesus accomplished through His death was acknowledged and received in the heavenly places by God Himself, and having redeemed us from the curse of the law, the blessing of God would flow forth to all who believe!
 
And herein is the wisdom and genius of God revealed in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: in Christ we are truly righteous before God as the Gospel reveals the way of righteousness by redeeming us from the curse of the law.
 
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?” (Rom. 6:3). Through our baptism, we have been planted in the likeness of His death, which means we in truth have died – and here is the good news: “the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth” (Rom. 7:1). So as soon as you died, you are neither under the power of the law nor held by its condemnation or curse. And the Scripture declares with power: “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ” (Rom. 7:4).
 
This death the Scripture declares occurred when our sins were remitted and the righteousness of God imputed to us. When we came into the union of Christ’s death, we were freed from the dominion of sin – from its power, from its condemnation and from its curse. Now, in Christ Jesus, the law cannot curse us for it has no jurisdiction in the land of the dead, and we really have died (Col. 3:3).
 
But the fullness for redeeming us from the curse of the law is not that we would remain dead, but that we would know the power of His resurrection (Phil. 2:10). Having obtained the blessing of Abraham – the righteousness of God – that we would walk in its glory! That we would draw nigh unto God through Jesus Christ, that we would come boldly to the Throne of Grace through Jesus Christ, that we would “live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Pet. 2:24).
 
What Jesus accomplished for us by His death on the cross must be received by men and walked in to the glory of God. And the grace of God is sufficient unto these things. --Michael Zaucha
 



"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).