Receive Blessings, No Curses
What do you think of this statement, “Do good, God’s glad. Do bad, God’s mad?” If you believe this is a true statement and it is consistent with the New Testament, you are wrong. The truth is, God’s opinion of us in the New Covenant is not based on our performance, but on Jesus’ performance. So He does not get mad with us when we do badly. We are His beloved and He is pleased because we are in Jesus.
In fact, because of Jesus, God’s not even mad at sinners anymore! And because of His substitutionary death on the cross for all sinners, God is no longer imputing their trespasses to them.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19 NLT)
A wonderful message, indeed! Because of His great love for us, God sent Jesus once for all, “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Heb. 9:26). As far as God is concerned, Jesus has solved the sin problem completely, something the blood of animals never did. And when He considers the sacrificial blood His Son was willing to shed on behalf of sinners, God is glad, not mad.
It is true that in the Old Testament we see the wrath of God being poured out upon sinners. But that was because the Old Covenant was based upon the law of sin and death. Under the New, however, we learn that “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us in order that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles.” (Gal. 3:13-14). And that “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:2)
What we need to really understand, brethren, is that the New Covenant the Father made with the Son on our behalf is not a continuation of the Old Covenant. It is not a modified version, or an improved version. It is completely new and completely different. It is based on grace, and not law. And unlike the Old, it contains only blessings and no curses for all those who have placed their faith in Jesus.
Does this mean I am now going to live in sin because I know Jesus has redeemed me from every curse and God does not get mad with me or withdraw from me when I sin? Of course not! Why not? Firstly, because I don’t want to. Secondly, because sin is poison. If I drink poison, it will do me much harm, not because God is mad, but because poison is bad. Sin is bad. Like poison, it kills!
Receive God’s love, enjoy unmerited favor, be forgiveness-conscious, and tell others the good news of a God who is reconciled to them and is reaching out to them to be reconciled to Him. Tell them the good news of the Son who died for them!