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Galatians 3:13-14 says,

  1. Messiah has redeemed us from the curse written in the Torah, having become cursed for us (for it is written, 'cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree'),
  2. so that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Messiah Yeshua, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

More and more people continue to receive the eye-opening understanding of Yeshua as Israel's messiah, and with it the ongoing transformational revelation of YHWH's true character and purpose, as recorded in scripture. How to rightly understand verse 13 has been covered in Redeemed from the Torah?". Here let's focus on the often-overlooked but immensely significant verse 14. In congregations variously described as Messianic, Hebrew Roots, Netzarim, Jewish Roots, and other labels, there is often a great love of Jews, and those with Jewish ancestry, of Zionism (because YHWH is a Zionist), the (imperfect) state of Israel, and most things Jewish. This usually, and rightly, comes from a profound sense of gratitude for all that YHWH has given through Israel, such as the faith of Avraham, all of His written word, and the Savior Himself. Yet this enthusiasm could leave those who don't have Jewish ancestry doubting their place in the assembly, wondering what gift they bring to the body. Verse 14 tells us that Yeshua's work of redemption caused the blessing of Avraham to come upon the Gentiles, in order that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Who is "we" in verse 14? Since Paul was Jewish, at the very least he means "in order that we Jews" might also receive the promise of the Spirit. But more likely "we" means all of the body of Messiah, Jew and Gentile. Either way, did you catch that? The Gentiles' inclusion in the body of Messiah is what was required, the necessary precursor that has enabled us all to receive the Promise of the Spirit!

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