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Are You Under a Curse?

on August 1, 2017

Generational curses and curses in general – the mysterious phenomenon that is poorly understood yet widely accepted, even by well-meaning, New Covenant Christians. In this blog entry, we will be discussing the details surrounding this puzzling topic.

A Brief History Lesson

cp1In order for us to fully grasp the concept of curses, we must first have some understanding of what a curse is and how such curses originated. All of the answers to these questions can be found in scripture.

We first learn of curses in the Old Testament. Think of it like this – if a person robs a bank, there will be a negative result (“curse”) or a consequence to their bad behavior. Curses were designed to be a deterrent and punishment for bad behavior and to make the perpetrator aware of their misdeed. Adam and Eve only became cursed after they chose to sin. In the most basic terms, a curse was the result of sin and unrighteousness.

To an extent, we all (Christian or not) live under the inescapable “Adamic curse”, also known by some as the “curse of the fall – when Adam and Eve fell into sin and were, thereby, cursed. Ultimately, this is why we all will succumb to a bodily, physical death – whether we are righteous or unrighteous. Remember, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1st Cor. 15:22). Although our physical bodies die, Christ made a way of salvation for us to live again, spiritually, and to live for all eternity with Him, physically.

But let’s not confuse the Adamic “curse of the fall” with the “curse of the Law”. What is the Law? The Old Testament Law, also known as the “Mosaic Law” or the “Law of Moses” was decreed by God and given to Moses, then relayed to the people (see Deut. 28). It was given to make people conscious of sin (see Rom. 3:20). However, mere humans found that they could not keep each and every finite detail of the Mosaic Law perfectly all of the time. Although many strived to keep the Law, they soon discovered that they needed God to be merciful to them since disobeying any point of the Law resulted in punishment (see Gal. 3:10). If they didn’t keep God’s decrees, they would be overtaken by curses and even their offspring would come under great plagues (see Deut. 28:59). The children of murderers wouldn’t be put to death for the sins of their fathers (see 2nd Kings 14:6), but that didn’t mean there still weren’t plagues and hardships which would come upon them, as a result.

Of course, we now know that Christ kept the Law perfectly, in our place, since we were incapable and hopelessly lost, in our own strength. In layman’s terms, we can liken ourselves to an incapable 3-year-old child, desiring to donate blood to save his dying Mother’s life. However, the little child doesn’t have what it takes to save her life, even though the desire is there to do so. As the child despairs, in walks his big, strong, capable Father. He takes his 3-year-old child’s place and says, “Don’t worry son, I have what it takes – I will take your place and give my life’s blood to save Mommy so you don’t have to.” On a much greater scale, that is what Jesus did when He kept the Law for us, and also died for us. Although no sin was found in Him, He did the Will of the Father and took on our curse, our sin, and therefore, our punishment; the curse and punishment that should have been placed on us. Scripture says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:13-14).

Do Curses Affect Christians?

“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15

cp2Exodus 34:7 states the following: “[The Lord God] …keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

As you can see in the above-mentioned scripture (and many other Old Testament scriptures; Job 21:19, etc.), the teaching of generational curses was a somewhat accurate teaching for a certain time span for those living under the Old Covenant/Old Testament Mosaic Law (the curse of “The Law”). But even then, it was each individual’s choice whether or not they would serve the true and living God. The curse of the Law, however, would bring plagues to offspring.

Those of us who have accepted Jesus as Lord, under the New Covenant, are no longer under the curse of the Law. Remember, scripture states: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…” (Gal. 3:13). The transference of bondage ended when He fulfilled the Law. This New Covenant freedom from curses was prophesied in Jeremiah 31:29-33 and Ezekiel 18:1-4. Please note in the following prophetic scriptures, the keyword, “Israel”… this is referring to those who were then/are now in covenant with God.

“In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:29-33).

“The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:1-4).

Again, notice the Lord God said that the proverb concerning curses should no longer be used in Israel. His covenants were being made with Israel, bearing in mind that Israel represents those who are in covenant with God and who are under His Lordship (which was also given to us, as Gentiles, who believe). I guess it is easiest to think of it like this… in scripture, there is a physical nation of Israel AND a “spiritual Israel“. As Gentiles who have been redeemed through Christ and are under His Lordship, we are grafted into “spiritual Israel” (see Rom. 11: 16-36, Rom. 2:28-29, Rom. 3:22,29) and we are heirs of Abraham (see Gal. 3:29). Therefore, those of us who are Christians are redeemed from the curse of the Law and are no longer under ANY curse, generational or otherwise! Christ’s work on the cross was potent enough, so we needn’t feel that somehow we still have lingering curses which need to be “broken off of us” or “cast out of us” – this is unbiblical. Remember, Christ is enough.

Proverbs 26:2 teaches us that curses do not come to rest upon us if they are undeserved. “As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.” While this is great news for us, as Christians – what about those who are not saved and still living in sin?

Do Curses Affect Sinners?

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” ~Romans 3:28

cp3As we see in Romans 3:28, a person is only justified by faith in Christ and needn’t keep the Mosaic Law in order to find justification and favor with God; thus being freed from the curse of the Law. For we know that the Law was not put into place to justify or to save souls; rather it was put into place to show mankind right from wrong and to show us how utterly lost and hopeless we are apart from Christ. “Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin” (Rom. 3:20). By this, we find that no amount of good deeds, alone, can save us. Simply viewing oneself as being a “good person” isn’t enough. It takes one key ingredient to be justified… faith in Christ. The sinner does not have such faith in Christ and does not honor Him as Lord. From this, we can deduce that the sinner is not justified.

Likewise, John 8:36 states: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” But, the sinner has not accepted such freedom in Christ, the Son. By this, we can deduce that the sinner is still in bondage and still condemned.

Furthermore, Colossians 2:14 states: “[Christ], blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…”

In Elliot’s Commentary for English Readers, this verse is further explained:

“The ‘handwriting’ is the bond, exacting payment or penalty in default… The Law is a bond, ‘Do this and thou shalt live.’ ‘The soul that sinneth it shall die.’ On failure to do our part it ‘stands against us.’ But God for Christ’s sake forgives our transgressions and cancels the bond… Our Lord ‘redeemed us from the curse of the Law,’ by His death, ‘being made a curse for us’ (Galatians 3:13). St. Paul boldly speaks of that curse as a penalty standing against us, and as nailed to the cross with Himself, so to be forever cancelled in the great declaration, ‘It is finished.'”

Again, we can deduce from this passage that since the sinner has not come under Christ’s Lordship nor accepted Christ’s death as his/her death, that he/she is still under the penalties and curses associated with sin; only now, his/her punishments are far more reaching than any curses which were brought by the Law.

As written by D. Clarkson, B.D., “Sin and the curse are inseparable. Wherever sin is, the curse will be…” He continues, “The least sin requires infinite satisfaction. Such an injury is the least sin, as nothing can compensate it, but that which is of infinite value… The least sin is now punished in hell with those torments that will last forever.” He adds, “See here an impossibility for a sinner to be justified by his observance of the Law, or according to the tenor of the first covenant. The Law requires, to justification, a righteousness exactly perfect; but the best righteousness of fallen man is as a rag. It is not only torn and ragged, but spotted and defiled.”

 God gives the sinner time to repent. As scripture says, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lam. 3:22). So many sinners seem to be living an easy life with riches, fame, and popularity. But remember the Psalm… “Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish” (Psalm 49:16-20).

You see, under the Old Covenant, most blessings and/or cursings were immediate, outward, and evident. However, things seemed to shift a bit under the New Covenant. It’s not that we are altogether barred from seeing good or bad happen in this life; however, most things (as it stands now) are being “laid up”. The wrath that will be poured upon the unrepentant sinner is being laid up for their eternal punishment (see Rom. 2:5). The blessings for the Christian, likewise, are being laid up for their eternal joy (see Matt. 6:19-21).

But what about so-called “generational curses”… are children punished for the sins of their parents nowadays? A concise yet truthful reply to this question was written by Christian blogger and ordained minister, Ken Murray, when he wrote: “I believe we will see from the scriptures that God does not punish children for their parents’ sins, except when the children perpetuate them and when the sins committed involve certain social and physical consequences.” God is a just and fair God – we are all given the individual choice of being blessed for all eternity or of being cursed for all eternity.

On Being Blessed

cp4I, for one, have no desire to be cursed in any shape, form, or fashion. Anybody with an ounce of sanity would agree that it is far more desirous to be blessed; nobody wants to be cursed. Set before us all is life and death, blessing and cursing; eternally free from sin, or eternally bound by sin. It’s quite easy to choose life – even if that life demands us to walk a narrow road or to be persecuted; what will that matter in eternity? Choose this day, today, whom you will serve, so that you can proclaim with scripture “…sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Rom. 6:14).

God’s blessings can be earthly, tangible, intangible, heavenly, and eternal. Some blessings are evident while others may not feel like blessings at all – as in Luke 6:22, Blessed are you when men shall hate you… on account of Jesus.” Nonetheless, we are told in the next verse to rejoice and leap for joy when we’re treated such a way. Why? Because, “… your reward is great in heaven.” A great reward in heaven to look forward to? Yes, that is a blessing, indeed!

If we are walking with the Lord, we are blessed! “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…” (Ps. 1:1). In this day and age, if we are genuine Christians, then we are blessed beyond measure. Our soul is eternally secure and we are in right standing with God… oh, what peace; what bliss we can now enjoy knowing this most comforting truth and having this blessed assurance!



4 responses to “Are You Under a Curse?

  1. Thanks for researching this out and explaining in an easy to understand manner.

  2. This is so awesome, truthful and comforting. I used to be quite misinformed about curses. Great post, sister.

    • I’m so blessed by your comment to know that this was a comfort to you. I, too, was not 100% sure about curses either… so, I set out to research this from a Biblical point of view and it was my pleasure to share this information with others.

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