Redeemed from Sickness and Poverty
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
- You are redeemed to be blessed. Curse is an invisible force intended to bring judgment, harm and misfortune to another.
- “Lord, what’s wrong. I’m born again, I love you, but nothing seems to be working for me. I can’t pay my bills, I can’t control my children, my spouse doesn’t love me, I’m depressed all the time, and I’m always struggling with sickness and pain.”
- The cause of your problems could be a curse working against you. There are curses that block the blessing.
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
- Curses are deserved but Christ came to give us the “undeserved blessings” of God.
50:1 This is what the LORD says:
“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
- Redemption—Gr. lytron—a ransom; to buy back; to set free. It denotes that the previous owner owned an object but lost it through debt, only to purchase it back.
1 Peter 1:17-20
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
- All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
- Many limit redemption to being purchased so one does not have to go to hell. But redemption is so you do not have to be under a curse.
Curse of the Law is uttered in Deut. 27:26
- Curses will come if you depend on your ability to keep “all” the Law. You need to focus not on your observance but on observing what the cross did for you. There is a difference between observing the Law and doing the Word.
- The results of the curse are mentioned in the next chapter. These are called the curses. The curse brings the curses.
- Read Deut 28:15-68 We are redeemed from each of these curses.
- This is what Paul was referring to.
- Christ redeemed us from these curses by becoming a curse for us.
- The curse is many-fold:
- Emotional trauma
- If Christ did indeed redeem us from these curses then we should find some examples of Him taking these curses, especially poverty and sickness.
48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you.
- Curse of Poverty is outlined in Deut 28:48
- Hunger, thirst, nakedness and hunger. Jn 19:23,28
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
- 2 Co 8:9 Proves this.
2 Cor 8:9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
- Curse of Sickness is mentioned in
1 Peter 2:24
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and carried our diseases.”
4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
- Receive the full rights of sons.
- You must be a son to receive the rights of sonship.
- Old Testament saints were servants, the New Testament saints are sons.
- Most agree that God promised healing and prosperity under the Old Covenant, but many deny it under the New Covenant.
6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.
- Rights must be claimed.
- “By faith receive the promise”
- Claim baggage if you show the receipt.
- Blessing of Abraham is yours.
- God declares the same blessing over us as He did to Abraham.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
- This blessing is the promise that the Spirit declared.
- In what way was Abraham blessed.
Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
- Legal verses experiential blessings. It is possible to legally be free from the curses but in your experience still be trapped by the curses. In the coming weeks, we will explain how to experience the blessings.