O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I think it's interesting that Paul here mentions the curse and Abraham in the same context.
Yes, this is huge. To just bring this to a fine point, the text you quote from Galatians equates the blessing promised to Abraham with redemption from the curse of the law. (I hope people will pause here.)
Abraham was promised to be redeemed from a curse he wasn't even under? (This would have to be the case if indeed "the curse of the law" refers merely and exclusively to the "heaven and earth" which began at Sinai--remember, Sam Frost and the SGP gang are teaching that "the first heaven and first earth" to which Revelation 21 refers did not exist until Sinai.)
Something else. Notice that Paul says "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (which some say refers exclusively to the law of Moses and a "first heaven and first earth" which did not begin until Sinai)....so that the blessing of Abraham might come to Gentiles."
What did the law of Moses have to do with Gentiles? And yet Christ came to redeem us from the curse of the law so that Gentiles would be blessed! What "curse of the law" did Gentiles need to be redeemed from? When was this curse pronounced?
Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Now, someone might be asking, can you prove a Gentile reference in this context? Yes, we can. It's in the very next verse:
Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
PLEASE compare to:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above [ie, the curch] is free, which is the mother of us all.
"The mother of all the living" in Genesis 3 is absolutely not a reference to Eve being the first woman who ever lived and therefore the mother of all biologically living humans. Here is yet another comparison which confirms that Eve is a picture of the church:
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
(these parallels are also discussed in this article.)
Oh, and btw, lest anyone think I have forced an association here between the "first heaven and the first earth" and the "curse of the law": Revelation 21 and 22 equate these two, in describing the "new heavens and new earth" where "there is no more curse." Why is there no more curse? Because the first heaven and first earth have passed away.
Great point, John!