These Events Have Occurred

The events here described too place in this world within thirty years of the time when Jesus spoke. They are now past. In Matt. 24 4, the disciples asked our Lord when the then existing age would end. The word (aion) is unfortunately translated world. Had he meant world he would have employed kosmos, which means world, as aion does not. After describing the particulars he announced that they would all be fulfilled, and the aion end in that generation, before some of his auditors should die. If...

Christ Will Accomplish His Mission

The object of Christ's ministry was to redeem universal humanity. For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19 10. Jesus says unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4 34. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. John 3 17. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world, 1 John 4 14. 2. He labors in this and...

The Great Proof Text

Matt. 25 46 is the great proof text of the doctrine of endless punishment These shall go away into everlasting punishment, and the righteous into life eternal. 1. That the popular view of this language is incorrect is evident, because those punished are those who have not been good to the poor. Only such are to suffer everlasting punishment. Endless life is the reward, and endless punishment the penalty of works, if this passage teaches the doctrine of endless punishment. Those receive that...

Gods Punishments Are Remedial

All God's punishments are those of a Father, and must therefore be adapted to the improvement of his children. Heb. 12 5, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence....

The Word Translated Punishment Means Improvement

It is thus authoritavely defined Greenfield, Chastisement, punishment. Hedericus, The trimming of the luzuriant branches of a tree or vine to improve it and make it fruitful.Donnegan, The act of clipping or pruning restriction, restraint, reproof, check, chastisement. Grotius, The kind of punishment which tends to the improvement of the criminal, is what the Greek philosophers called kolasis or chastisement. Liddell, Pruning, checking, punishment, chastisement, correction....

Hadees Is Temporary

But is this a final condition No, wherever we locate it, it must end. Paul asks the Romans, Have they the Jews stumbled that they should fall God forbid but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness is in part happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in, and so all Israel shall be saved. As it is written, There shall come...