By: Martin Cisneros
There seems to be a growing trend to read Galatians 3:13 as if it were exclusively talking about deliverance from the law itself. That would seem to dismiss the curses associated with it automatically, yet we don't find this to be the case in the lives of Christians. The chapter begins with asking if those performing miracles are doing so by the hearing of the Spoken Word or by the rituals of the Mosaic Law. The chapter describes the blessing of Abraham coming upon the Nations through Jesus Christ.
An important question for us to consider is what a first century Jewish Apostle [with a memorized Torah] would have considered to have been the curse of the law, if not the curses contained within the law when we consider that he's discussing the working of miracles among the people. He's dealing with legalism issues, without a doubt, but he's also dealing with the promise of the Spirit which would, contextually, be all of the blessings of the Old Testament. Since the blessing and the curse are contrasted within this chapter, and we have other statements within St. Paul's writings where he's calling the law itself "holy, just, and good," (Romans 7:12) then he's evidently speaking of the very curses that they all dealt with on a daily basis in coming to terms with what Jesus said was soon to befall the generation that saw 70AD. All that happened to Israel leading up to 70AD is covered in Deuteronomy 28.
What would have been more important, more profound, more edifying, more hope building, more encouraging, and more delivering both from the standpoint of the signs and wonders that they were starting to walk in through daily communion and abiding in the Words of Christ on a daily basis than the knowledge that the Deuteronomy 28 curse, which included everything that was to happen to Israel leading up to 70AD as well as everything that believers in Christ were being sanctified away from; being translated out of and conveyed into the blessings through their growing preaching among themselves of the Gospel of the Anointed One and His Anointing?
Because the nature of the blessings, though being spiritual, pertain both to this life and to any age that we might ever find ourselves within the context of, then the nature of the curses that the blessings address is an important point to clarify. In Deuteronomy 28 we find every form of spiritual curse, mental curse, physical curse, financial curse, and social curse. They were the curses of disobedience, but because of the issue with Hebrew verbs as to which are causative and which are permissive, according to Young's Analytical Concordance of the Bible, then we've got both issues addressed in the one section of Scripture in Deuteronomy 28 that neither will God cause the curses to come upon the new man in Christ, neither will He be a passive participant in just watching what happens and what you're going to do about it.
James chapter 1 says that under the New Covenant God is not the source of evil and affliction for anyone. God has no New Covenant Jobs. God has declared us justified freely by His grace, justified freely to resist and cast out the devil, justified freely to stand fast in the liberty with which Christ has set us free, and justified freely to overcome all things and to inherit all things even in this life. Overcoming and inheriting aren't eschatological or "end-times" scenarios. They're what we're going to be judged for, as to whether or not we rightly discerned His Body, or if we continued with an Old Testament paradigm of going from affliction to affliction, worry to worry, frustration to frustration, curse to curse, and death to death.
Does this mean to do stupid and wreckless things that imperil one's health and level of wealth? ABSOLUTELY NOT! All things that are done in response to the promises have to be in response to the Holy Spirit's clear direction and leading. If He's not guiding a wreckless action, then you better not get stupid out of excitement over the promises. Keep every care cast upon Him and meditate upon all of your cares having been cast upon Him as well as the exceeding great and precious promises of His grace, mercy, and peace that cover your situation. He'll let you know when it's time to stomp on any shackles.
If you're leery of overly/overtly zealous evangelists, then He understands that too and can speak directly to you without the healing evangelist pulling you out of your safety/comfort zone. A safety/comfort zone isn't bad. It isn't spiritually dangerous. What's bad and spiritually dangerous is presuming on the timing of when a promise of the Word is coming to harvest in your heart. It's never occured to some people that these things have to grow in people's hearts, according to Mark chapter 4. 30/60/100-fold is grown into. It's not imposed by an eager bombast that's aware of the promises but not of the ways of God and of His peace, joy, and love, but is simply wanting to be looked at. Just keep speaking God's promises that fill out your life of all that it's been deficient in, according to Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 4:20-27, Mark 11:22-26, John 15:7, and Colossians 3:12-17, without neglecting the other areas of a Christian lifestyle that lives at peace with all men and loves everyone fervently from a pure heart, expecting the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon all flesh.