Gal 3:13 He became a curse

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He became a curse

Gal 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." (Deut 21:23)

This verse along with 2Cor 5:21 are speaking of Christ's public reputation. It is not that the circumstances of one's death makes one accursed of God. But rather his reputation was marred in the public eye to the point of his enemies feeling justified in crucifying him, hanging him on a tree. Dying as a victim of unjustified suffering, Jesus paid for our sins. With regards to his pubic reputation Isaiah says, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted." Is 53:3,4 But while those Isaiah writes of regret misjudging Christ, those of a Reformed Theology hold to the idea that God reckoned Jesus a sinner, reckoning guilt to him, and that based upon crimes he did not actually commit. Jesus' enemies said of him, "We know this man is a sinner." John 9:24 They are mistaken on that point. But God, along with Jesus' cooperation, orchestrated events which would lead to his crucifixion, much of which was not very difficult. All you have to do is humiliate the religiously proud and they'll crucify you.

Those of a Reformed Theology tend to overlook God's judicial nature when they interpret scripture. But the Bible says in 2Th 1:6,7:

God is just:

1. He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
2. and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.


The first principle is payback, which Liberal Theology ignores.
The second principle is is that God justly compensates victims of unjustified suffering, which Reformed Theology overlooks.

Since God justly compensates victims of unjustified suffering, so did Christ die as a innocent victim of unjustified suffering, being compensated for by paying for the sins of the world. In this case the two principles of justice nullified each other in the cross. In this way Christ atoned for sin, to satisfy God's judicial nature, cancelling our debt, whereas other theologies marginalize God’s judicial nature.

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