"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.'" Galatians 3:10 (New American Standard Version)
Have you ever thought yourself to be under a curse? If you were born a human being, then you are. At least that is what the Bible tells us in Galatians 3:10, and that "curse" was the focus of the message brought by Dr. Chuck Quarles during Louisiana College's first chapel service of the fall semester for 2012.
"What if I told you that there is only one person who can break this curse?" Quarles said. "One who demands of you your life and your very soul."
Quarles was referring, of course, to the Lord Jesus Christ whom, as Galatians later states, "...redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us." (Galatians 3:13).
In relation to this curse, Quarles laid out four "great truths":
1. No one can be right before God by attempting to keep the law.
"You think you will be declared righteous in judgment because you have done your best to keep the Ten Commandments," Quarles said. "Do you realize that is the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches? There is not a person in this room who can attain that standard."
2. Those who fail to keep His law perfectly, they are under His curse.
"These are curses that never end - that we will suffer for eternity," Quarles said. "But praise God, (the Apostle) Paul gives us the good news."
3. Jesus rescued us from the curse by bearing our curse in our place.
"He died under God's curse - not because He deserved it," Quarles said. "He died on the cross because he was bearing the curse we deserved.
"He did not deserve it, but He took the guilt and punishment our sins deserved."
4. We escape the curse through faith in Jesus Christ.
"You will not escape God's curse apart from faith in the Lord Jesus," Quarles said. "We must believe that Jesus is God - God in human form.
"Jesus died for what cannot do for yourself."
Watch this week's chapel service here: