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This article was taken from the Teacher’s Outline and
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nations would be blessed in him. Christ’s bearing the curse of the law
is also the way that God gives the promises made to Abraham to the
world. Any man who believes in Jesus Christ—that Christ bore the
curse of the law for him—is accepted by God and given the blessings
of the promised land eternally.
In summary, the man who believes in Christ receives the promise of
God’s Holy Spirit, that is, the promise…
of the divine nature.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and
precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers
of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that
is in the world through lust” (2 Pe.1:4).
of the new birth.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him,
How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the
second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is
flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spir-
it” (Jn.3:3-6).
of being made a new creature.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things
are become new” (2 Co.5:17).
of being made into a new man.
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ep.4:24).
It took a
to set us free from the guilt of sin. Jesus Christ
took our place and took the curse upon Himself when He shed His
blood for our sins.
In his book Written in Blood, Robert Coleman tells the story of
a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor
had explained that she had the same disease the boy had recov-
ered from two years earlier. Her only chance for recovery was a
transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the dis-
ease. Since the two children had the same rare blood type, theboy
was the ideal donor.
“Would you give your blood to Mary?” the doctor asked.
Johnny hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he
smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”
Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room—
Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke,
but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.
As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny’s smile
faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube. With the or-
deal almost over, his voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence.
“Doctor, when do I die?”
Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated,
why his lip had trembled when he’d agreed to donate his blood.
He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his
life. In that brief moment, he’d made his great decision.
Johnny, fortunately, didn’t have to die to save his sister. Each
of us, however, has a condition more serious than Mary’s, and it
required Jesus to give not just His blood, but His life.
Throughout the ages, men have hammered away at the Word of God.
But as men have come and gone, the Scriptures, like an anvil, remain
unmarred. This
proves that a man is justified by faith:
1. Scripture uses Abraham to illustrate the
2. Scripture promised the gospel to Abraham long ago.
3. Scripture says the law puts a man under a curse.
4. Scripture says Christ has redeemed us from the curse.
(Reflection & Response)
1. The most important thing that I learned from this lesson was:
2. The area that I need to work on the most is:
3. I can apply this lesson to my life by:
4. Closing Statement of Commitment:
1. What are some ways you can thank Jesus for breaking
the curse upon your life?
2. Why did Jesus go to the cross for you?
3. How would you explain His willingness to become a
curse for you? Is this kind of love a part of your charac-
ter—to lay your life down for others?