R.C. Sproul – Jesus saved us from the curse of the law – Hristos ne-a răscumpărat din blestemul Legii (subtitrat)

Everywhere in this country you see cars with bumper stickers that say, „God bless America.” After 9/11 Pat  Robertson and Jerry Falwell suggested that perhaps the events of 9/11 were God’s judgments upon America. And, the outcome and the outrage of the press were so severe they had to recant their musings on that point because we believe in a God who is infinitely capable of blessing people, but is utterly incapable of cursing them. „May the Lord curse you and abandon you. May the Lord keep you in darkness, and give you only judgment without grace. May the Lord turn His back upon you, and remove His peace from you forever.” The apostle Paul says that the whole creation groans together in travail, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. (Romans 8:22)

We live in a planet, dear friends, that is under the curse of God. If there ever was an obscenity that violated contemporary community standards, it was Jesus, on the cross. But, on the cross, not only is the Father satisfied by the atoning work of His Son, , but, in bearing our sins, the Lamb of God removes our sins from us, as far as the east is from the west. How does He do it? By being cursed. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Galatians 3:13) Listen to this:

Not simply by being cursed for us, but, becoming a curse for us. Can you take that in? He, who is the incarnation of the glory of God, now becomes the very incarnation of the divine curse. „As it is written, Cursed is everyone as he hangs upon a tree. Galatians 3;13. Because, after He became the scapegoat, and the Father imputes to Him every sin of every one of His people, we see the most intense, dense concentration of evil ever experienced on this planet. Jesus was the ultimate obscenity, bearing the full measure of the curse Christ screamed: Eli, Eli, lama sabachtahani? My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?

He didn’t just feel forsaken, He was forsaken! For Jesus to become the curse, He has to be utterly, totally and completely forsaken. And here’s the reality that we must make clear to our people: That they will either bear the curse of God themselves, or they will flee to the one who took it for them. Cursed of God. The Father turns His back. Until that moment, when my sin was placed upon Him, and the one who was pure, was pure no more. And God cursed Him. It was as if there was a cry from heaven, excuse my language but I can not be accurate unless I say: God damn you. Because that’s what it meant to be cursed, to be damned, to be under the anathema of the Father. As I said, I don’t understand that, but I know that it’s true, and I know that every person in this room, or every person outside, or on the street, across the world, who has not been covered by the righteousness of Christ, right this minute draws every breath under the curse of God.

If you believe that, you will stop adding to the Gospel and start preaching it, with clarity and with boldness, because, dear friends it is the only hope we have, and it is hope enough.

The curse motif of the atonement

From “Treasuring Redemption’s Price by Ligonier Ministries

The key to understanding the cry of Jesus from the cross is found in Paul’s letter to the Galatians: „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'” (Galatians 3:13, NIV).

To be cursed is to be removed from the presence of God, to be set outside the camp, to be cut off from His benefits. On the cross, Jesus was cursed. That is, He represented the Jewish nation of covenant breakers who were exposed to the curse and took the full measure of the curse on Himself. As the Lamb of God, the Sin Bearer, He was cut off from the presence of God.

On the cross, Jesus entered into the experience of forsakenness on our behalf. God turned His back on Jesus and cut Him off from all blessing, from all keeping, from all grace, and from all peace.

God is too holy to even look at iniquity. God the Father turned His back on the Son, cursing Him to the pit of hell while He hung on the cross. Here was the Son’s “descent into hell.” Here the fury of God raged against Him. His scream was the scream of the damned. For us.

Reflect on what Jesus did for you on Calvary. Give thanks for the Lamb of God who bore your sin. For further study:

~Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
~Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
~Galatians 3:10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

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  1. cornelilioi
    mart. 19, 2013 @ 01:48:04


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