THE BLESSING OF THE GOSPEL

Gal. 3:13,14- 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”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

One of the strangest things about the Lord is found in this statement, “Christ died to save sinners”. Another similar quote from Paul, “who justifies the ungodly”. Let’s face it Christ died to save sinners. The only thing more shocking is the results of what He did, this act of grace purchases for us the blessing of Abraham, the promise of the Holy Spirit. The most unfathomable of all gospel reality, the worst of sinners can receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit simply by believing in the sacrificial death of Christ. That is what the gospel is all about, that is why Jesus came. He wanted us to experience the love of God personified in the person of the Holy Spirit. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this shocking truth.

“A strange method it was which Christ took to redeem us from the curse of the law; it was by his being himself made a curse for us. Being made sin for us, he was made a curse for us; not separated from God, but laid for the present under that infamous token of the divine displeasure upon which the law of Moses had put a particular brand. The design of this was that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ—that all who believed on Christ, whether Jews or Gentiles, might become heirs of Abraham’s blessing, and particularly of that great promise of the Spirit, which was peculiarly reserved for the times of the gospel. Hence it appeared that it was not by putting themselves under the law, but by faith in Christ, that they become the people of God and heirs of the promise.”
So now all mankind has access to the fullness of the Spirit displayed on earth by what Jesus called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is the very essence of our Christian life. This gift is for all people; former hustlers, drug users, alcoholics, sex addicts, liars, and thieves. No one is excluded, all that believe on the Lord can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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2 thoughts on “THE BLESSING OF THE GOSPEL

  1. The entire concept of sinning against God, facing His judgement and wrath then experiencing the joy, peace and freedom of salvation is overwhelming. On top of that, knowing that it is God that paid the price for me so I could be reconciled to Him does things to my insides that is unexplainable.
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