Here’s the last devotional of our book launch. Thanks for joining me! “A Glorious Sacrifice” is now available for purchase and to give as a gift at www.amazon.com/author/janblonk
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We’ll be picking up our study in the gospel of John. Then, at the middle or end of August, I’ll start my book launch of “Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins.” I encourage you to check it out at www.thegloryofchrist.com/overcoming We need to arm ourselves with God’s Word and Spirit. The main theme is: The Pursuit of Purity is the Pursuit of Jesus. There will be 40 devotionals, specifically addressing this battle. The good news is that Jesus already won the war!
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.
When God stated, “a hanged man is cursed by God” (Deut. 21:23), He was fully aware what would happen to His Son. The truth that God would crush Jesus and “put him to grief” (Isa. 53:10) was already declared in His Law. He would bear our curse and the curse of a fallen creation so that we will be eternally blessed.
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God and ate from the forbidden tree, sin, death, and the curse entered creation, exercising its dominion. God, however, promised a Redeemer: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). He would free us from sin and all its effects.
Later on God specified what His Redeemer would bring about: “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (Gen. 17:7-8). That blessing is also true for Gentiles who believe in Jesus: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29).
Because Jesus became our curse, we have Abraham’s blessing. What is this blessing? It’s the inheritance of the new earth: “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world . . .” (Rom. 4:13). That refers to the new earth “in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). No more sin or sorrow!
Paul, however, primarily defined Abraham’s blessing in relation to “the promised Spirit”—God being our God. That is glory indeed! Since Jesus became our curse, we’ll be eternally blessed, which is having God as our God forever. Jesus irreversibly accomplished that through A Glorious Sacrifice. To Him be all the glory: “For you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).
The Devotional Writer
Author of “A Glorious Sacrifice“