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Blessings and curses

Galatians 3:10-14

Blessing for people who believe

God does good things for the people who believe him. We call those good things Ďblessingsí. Because Abraham believed, people from every country can receive Godís blessing (Galatians 3:8).

A curse for people who do not obey Godís rules

The opposite of a blessing is a curse. ĎCursesí mean bad things. Bad things happen if anyone does not obey Godís rules completely. Deuteronomy 27:26 says that.

People cannot make themselves *righteous

The Christians in Galatia thought that they could make themselves *righteous. They were trying to obey the rules that God had made. But they could not do it. Nobody could obey all Godís rules (Romans 3:23). So there was a curse against them. They wanted a blessing, but they got a curse. They needed Godís promises, but they chose his rules.

They should have learned the lesson in Habakkuk 2:4. God makes *righteous the people who believe. Godís rules were not for people who believe. Instead, they were rules that people had to obey.

Christ accepted the curse

So the rules brought a curse when people did not obey them. But Christ accepted that curse. That happened when he died on their behalf. He had the curse so that they have the blessing. So God does the things that he promised to Abraham. God gives his blessing to people who belong to all the countries. And he gives his *Holy Spirit to them because they believe.

Next part: Godís promises to Abraham

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