Gravitation and chemical affinity had their way in the universe until they were arrested and turned about in the interest of life. Over production, death and the survival of the fittest had their ruthless sway until they were reversed in the interest of affection. The supremacy of the race at the expense of the individual we may expect to continue until something in the individual comes to be of more importance than that law and no longer. Goodness can arrest and turn back for nations the primal law of growth, vigor and decline. Is it too much to believe that it may do the same for an individual man?.
Life is a thing to be achieved. At every step there are a thousand candidates who fail, for one that attains. Until moral sensibility becomes self-conscious, all question of personal immortality becomes irrelevant because there is, accurately speaking, no personality to be immortal. Up to that point the individual living creature, whether in human form or not, falls short of that essential personality for which eternal life can have any meaning.? But how about children who never come to moral consciousness? McConnell appeals to heredity. The child of one who has achieved immortality may also prove to be immortal. But is there no chance for the children of sinners. The doctrine of McConnell leans toward the true solution but it is vitiated by the belief that individuality is a transient gift which only goodness can make permanent. We hold on the other hand that this gift of God is ?without repentance? ( <451129>Romans 11:29), and that no human being can lose life except, in the sense of losing all that makes life desirable.
B. Punishment after death excludes new probation and ultimate restoration of the wicked. Some have maintained the ultimate restoration of all human beings, by appeal to such passages as the following: <401928>Matthew 19:28; <440321> Acts 3:21; <490109>Ephesians 1:9, 10.
<401928> Matthew 19:28 ? ?in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory?; <440321>Acts 3:21 ? Jesus, ?whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things?; <461526>1 Corinthians 15:26 ? ?The last enemy that shall be abolished is death?; <490109>Ephesians 1:9, 10 ? ?according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him unto a dispensation of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth?; <502910>Philippians 2:10, 11 ? ?that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father?; <610309>2 Peter 3:9, 13 ? ?not wishing that any should perish, but
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