“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”
What is the ‘curse of the law?’ It’s explained in the preceding verses before our opening text.
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith”
In order words, before anyone can be justified by the law, he must keep every one of those laws perfectly.
The trouble however is, that’s not possible. No one can be found blameless under the law. No one ever was.
It is for this reason that Paul concluded in Romans 3:9, that the Jews who were given the law were not any better than the Gentiles.
For as long as they couldn’t keep the law, they were not righteous and therefore not different from the Gentiles.
He went on to say: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”
That’s the curse of the law- the fact that it demands from you what you cannot give.
If you’re to pursue righteousness under the law, you’d be so helpless that Paul concludes you are cursed even before you begin.
It is a fruitless journey. “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident…”
Thankfully, the law was fulfilled by one man- Jesus. Those under the law are therefore redeemed from the curse of trying to attain righteousness through the law.
Now all they need do is simply believe like Abraham and have the blessing of righteousness bestowed on them like it was on Abraham.