What happened to the curse of the law? “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having blotted out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, and contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” (Col. 2:13-14). The curse imposed by God’s Holy Law was erased at Calvary!
By bearing in His body the curse of the law, Jesus Christ fulfilled completely what He said He had come to do. “Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). Because of His sinless life, He met the righteous demands of the law because He kept it perfectly. By His death on the cross, He filled-full the just demands of the Law in that He bore its curse, satisfying forever the divine justice of the judgment of death demanded by God. He did not leave one ounce of God’s divine judgment against our sin unsatisfied. This is the very basis for the teaching of the grace of God. There is absolutely nothing we can add or remove. To think we can add to it is satanic to the core.
I was attempting to repair a ceiling fan at my mother-in-law’s home. It is an old home, and the wiring is antiquated. I really thought the power had been turned off, so I reached down and connected two hot wires. I saw the most beautiful blue flash and heard a distinct ringing in my ears. All the power in the house went off. Needless to say, there was a violent electrical reaction. There was, likewise, a violent spiritual reaction on Calvary’s tree when the Son of God bore the curse of the law for me. God spiritually touched His law to my sin which had been placed on Christ. God’s holy law immediately judged me in the death of His Son. When this happened, the curse of the law, like the lights in my mother-in-law’s home, went out. The curse of the law was completely done away with because it had done all that it could do. “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom. 10:4).
The law serves as tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith (Gal. 3:24). At that point, the law has done what the law was designed by God to do – to convict of sin and point to Christ. What then? After faith comes, there is no longer the need for a tutor. The necessity for the schoolmaster had passed (Gal. 3:25). The law was never designed to make anyone a son. So how do we become sons? “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26). We could never become sons of God by keeping a list of statutes or religious instructions, rules or regulations, orders or ordinances, codes or commands. Laws cannot give life.
By faith in Jesus Christ we become sons of God, not slaves. There are a number of differences between a son and a slave. A son has a father, but a slave has a master. A son has the same nature as the father, but a slave does not have the nature of his master. The son is connected by blood to the father, but the slave is not related to the master. A son obeys out of love, but the slave obeys out of fear. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so, we were children of the world in bondage under the elements of the world” (Gal. 4:1-3).
But there was a point in time when we became who we always were – children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. God always knew His children – even when we were lost and undone. The Christian life becomes a father/child relationship. As a Christian, we have the wonderful privilege of referring to God as our Father. We can come to Him crying, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6). We do not live our Christian life by rules but by relationship. When faith in Jesus Christ comes, we are no more children under the watch-care of a slave, but we become a part of God’s family through adoption as His children with all the rights and privileges which that relationship brings. The child who is a son, unlike the slave, owns the whole estate. Those of us who have believed in Christ are no longer under the dominion of the law. We are saved and disciplined by grace. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14). Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, Was blind but now I see. Blessings!