The Final Consummation

The apostle describes the far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves, thus For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts and I will be to them a God and they shall be to me a people and they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their...

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...

The Greek Classics

It is a vital question How was the word used in the Greek literature with which the Seventy were familiar, that is, the Greek Classics Some years since Rev. Ezra S. Goodwin 13 patiently and candidly traced this word through the Classics, finding the noun frequently in nearly all the writers, but not meeting the adjective until Plato, its inventor, used it. He states, as the result of his protracted and exhaustive examination from the beginning down to Plato, We have the whole evidence of seven...

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 Sin Unto Death

If a man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin unto death. 1 John 5 16,17. The sin unto death has often been supposed to be the unpardonable sin, so called, as though any sin could be unpardonable by a God whose mercy is without limit and without end. The apostle was merely alluding to the various...

The Unbeliever Damned

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Mark 16 16. If we admit that damned means final torment, we shut out of salvation all infants, idiots, insane, and heathen, for they do not believe. We also consign all the rest of mankind to endless torment, for according to the test given, there is not a believer on earth today. We are told in the next verse that all believers may be known by their being able to heal the sick, and take poison without...

Origen And Theodore Of Mopsuestia

Origen used the expressions everlasting fire and everlasting punishment to express his idea of the duration of punishment. Yet he believed that in all cases sin and suffering would cease and be followed by salvation. He was the most learned man of his time, and his example proves that aionion did not mean endless at the time he wrote, A. D. 200 253. Dr. Beecher says 83 As an introduction to his system of theology, he states certain great facts as a creed believed by all the church. In these he...

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...