- The Blessing of Salvation and the Curse of Destruction
- Bless, Blessed, Blessing
- Curse, Cursed, Cursing
Bless, blessed, blessing – all refer to the goodness of God bestowed.
Curse, cursed, accursed – refer to the goodness of God removed.
(References to blessed are show in bold; references to cursed are underlined.)
Matthew 5:3-12 – The “Beatitudes.”
Matthew 25:31-46 – “…’Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’…’Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’…”
Luke 6:20-26 – In these “beatitudes,” “woes” (i.e. curses) are contrasted with the blessings.
John 7:49 – “But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.” – Compare and contrast with John 13:17 below.
John 13:17 – “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” – Compare and contrast with John 7:49 above.
Acts 3:26 – “…sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.” – Having been under a curse for the evil of our ways, we come to Jesus that we might be turned to those good ways that will bring God’s blessings upon us.
Romans 9:3, 4, 5 – “For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren…”
1 Corinthians 16:22 – “If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed…” – Contrast with Ephesians 6:24.
Hebrews 6:7-8 – “For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 – “…I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live…”
Joshua 7:12 – To be “accursed” is to have our blessing removed.
Psalm 1:1 – “How blessed is the man…” – Correlate the contrast here with the contrast in Jeremiah 17:5-8 below.
Proverbs 16:20 – “…and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” – Correlate with Psalm 1:1-6 above and Jeremiah 17:5-8 below.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – “…’Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind…Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD’…”