What Does Galatians 3:13 Mean?

Christ 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"--

Galatians 3:13(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Law of God is perfect, but the penalty for breaking any part of God's Law, however insignificant in our own eyes, is death - eternal separation from God. The curse of the Law is death and there is nothing that we can do to lift that curse or to pay the redemption price for our sin. The penalty for our sin is death, and this is a death-penalty that we justly deserve.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory and perfection of God, and the wages of sin is death. But God in His grace ordained that there is one way that the price of breaking God's perfect Law can be paid. There is one way that the curse of the Law can be lifted and that is through the sacrifice of His dearly beloved Son, in our place.

Trusting in the death, burial, and Resurrection of the only begotten and sinless Son of God, is the one and only price that is acceptable by a righteous God as payment for our sins. And all who have trusted in Christ as Saviour can say with certainty and eternally, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.'"

There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING that we can do to redeem ourselves from the penalty of sin and be set free from the curse of the Law. And there is nothing that we can add to the price that Jesus paid on the Cross. Only God, Himself, in the Person of Jesus Christ is able to redeem us (by faith), and He did this by dying on a tree and becoming a curse in our place. And the price that Christ paid is sufficient.

Christ redeemed us by dying in our place and He had the undiluted wrath of God poured out upon Him in our stead. God's wrath was poured out upon Jesus to pay the price for your sins and for mine instead of God's wrath being poured out on you and on me. Christ bore the full weight of the curse of the Law for you and did it for me too, and without the death of the holy Son of God there could be no redemption from the terrible curse of the Law. The curse of Law is death, we are incapable of escaping its curse, and death is the birthright of every man and every woman.

But Christ paid the price in our stead.

It was Moses who wrote that the penalty for condemned criminals was to hang upon a tree as a sign that they were cursed of God, and by being lifted up and hung on Calvary's Tree, Christ was made a curse for us, redeeming us from the curse of the Law. No wonder the apostle Paul was able to write: "We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST the POWER of God and Christ the WISDOM of God."

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the Law by hanging on the Tree at Calvary. My Saviour Who knew no sin, became sin for me so that in Him I might be made righteous. I may never understand the enormity of what Jesus did, but I will give Him all the honour and glory, might and majesty, power, and praise, both now and in the eternal ages to come. AMEN.

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