Fount of Blessing

“Blessed is everyone who fears Jehovah, who walks in His ways” (Psalm 128:1).

Fearing Jehovah and walking in His ways is NOT the condition of blessing. The SOLE condition of blessing is Jesus Christ’s perfect imputed righteousness and precious blood of propitiation that answered and satisfied the demands of God’s law and justice. Jesus met this condition of blessing for everyone for whom He died. Everyone for whom Christ died will be blessed in time, and everyone for whom Christ did NOT die will remain under God’s wrath and curse:

“And the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel before to Abraham: All the nations will be blessed in you. So that those of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. For as many as are out of works of Law, these are under a curse. For it has been written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things having been written in the book of the Law, to do them. And that no one is justified by Law before God is clear because, The just shall live by faith. But the Law is not of faith, but, The man doing these things shall live in them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us; for it has been written, Cursed is everyone having been hung on a tree; that the blessing of Abraham might be to the nations in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:8-14).

Those believing Jesus was cursed for those who remain forever cursed are self-righteous boasters who have vainly blessed themselves. They plume themselves with the LIE that Jesus died and hung on a tree for everyone without exception. This is Christ-debasing, man-exalting puffery that puts itself in the place of Jesus Christ. They believe that it is NOT what Christ did, but what they did, that makes the ultimate difference between blessing and cursing.

This Galatians passage teaches that Christ fulfilled the law’s strict preceptive and penal demands — it is for this reason that the blessing of salvation is applied unconditionally by the Spirit of God to everyone Christ was cursed on behalf of (Galatians 3:13). The immediate and inevitable result (or fruit) of the Spirit’s blessing is faith in Jesus Christ as the end of law for righteousness (Romans 10:4). Those who believe that Jesus’ blood and righteousness fails to bless everyone for whom it was shed and established on behalf of are “ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness” (Romans 10:3). Their DENIAL that Christ’s law-fulfilling cross-work blesses all whom He represented reveals they are debtors to do all the law; they must do what they blasphemously think Christ failed to do.

“And I testify again to every man being circumcised, that he is a debtor to do all the Law, you whoever are justified by Law, you were severed from Christ; you fell from grace” (Galatians 5:3-4).

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