Passages Denoting Limited Duration

Let us state more definitely several passages in which all will agree that the word cannot have the sense of endless. Matt.22 22, The care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, the cares of that age or time. Verses 39, 40, 49, The harvest is the end of the world, i.e. age, Jewish age, the same taught in Matt. 24, which some who heard Jesus speak were to live to see, and did see. Luke i 33, And he (Jesus) shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom...

The Resurrection Of Damnation

Marvel not at this for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life and they that have done evil, unto to resurrection of damnation. John 5 28-29. This resurrection is a moral awakening, and not the final, literal resurrection, as is evident from its phraseology. All men do not participate in it. Only those that have done good, and those that have done evil come forth to life or to...

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....

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....