T. A. Hegre

I am Jehovah that healeth thee…

No Curse Any More!

In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, we find that the wonderful words, “And there shall be no curse any more.”

There are references to the curse all through Scripture, beginning at Genesis 3:17-19,

And unto Adam he said, Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and has eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shall thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of they 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.

The Universal Curse

The far-reaching effects of this curse are further described in Romans 8:21-23, “the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God, for we know thaat the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

The complete world-wide, or shall we say universe-wide, lifting of the curse, of course, does not take place until the full and final consummation of redemption after the Millennium, the time when there will be nothing “that defileth”. Pain and sorrow will be gone forever. Death and crying will be no more. Stenches, thorns, and stings will forever be gone, as will fevers, unbearable pains, and wasting disease. Instead of all this, we will have Christ in His fullness. We shall Him as He is and begin to enjoy that which He has been preparing for us ever since His ascension.

Words fail us when we attempt to describe either the happy prospects of the saved, or the awful agony of the damned who will have their pain, sickness, disease, weakness, and deformity forever, with no promise of alleviation of their awful sufferings.

There is hope, however, for the Scriptures, while faithfully setting forth the awful curse of God, prophetically apply it to Christ our Substitute. We read in Deuteronomy 21:22-23, “And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree; his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shall surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God; that thou defile not thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance”. That this is a prophetic word regarding Christ becoming a curse for us is made plain by the apostle Paul in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the lay, having become a curse for us, for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree”.

[This is only the introductory part of the paper. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IN A PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION.. The paper was originally published in The Message of the Cross, in its May-June 1952 issue, and has impacted thousands of people around the world.]
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