Are Eternal Life and Eternal Punishment Endless?
DescriptionThe salvation provided for lost man is not confined to the mere forgiveness of sins and exemption from future penalty. This blessing, however great, would come far short of man's moral necessity and of God's goodness.
History has proved that man in his natural condition cannot produce fruit for God. The divine testimony concerning man is, that "in him dwelleth no good thing" (Rom. 7:18; 3:11-12). This is the experience of all who know themselves. Man's adamic nature is totally diseased with no power in itself of recovery.
What can meet such a desperate case as this?
Man must be born again by the power of God's Spirit. It is not his old ruined nature that is repaired or restored to the original condition from which Adam fell, for this would be no security for permanent happiness. As Adam fell, so man thus restored would be liable to fall again. Man must receive a new life which in its moral nature is divine and as holy and eternal as that of God Himself who gives it. (See Eph. 2:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:23; 1 Jn. 3:9; Jas. 1:18). It is a life against which sin and death cannot prevail. "And this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 Jn. 5:11-12).
Without Christ man is "dead in trespasses and sins." "Being alienated from the life of God" (Eph. 2:1; 4:18). When God saves us we receive in Christ an entirely new life and nature that is eternal:
"Christ is our life" (Col. 3:4).
Now as to our sins and the punishment due because of them, he who believes in Christ's substitutionary death is accounted by God as having died in Him. In the person of his Substitute he has undergone all judgment due him for all failure and sin. He is therefore freed from all penalties due him as a sinful child of Adam. The cross then in God's sight is the end of his state as a natural man. Having obtained a new divine life and nature in the risen Christ, he looks forward in assured hope that he shall be raised or changed "in incorruption, glory and power," and made conformable to the image of the Son.
The Father has called those who believe to the fellowship of His Son in oneness of life and acceptance. He associates His own Son and those who have become sons in the same blessedness. They share in His joy, in His peace, in His glory and in His dominion forever; and what is still more precious they share with Him the Father's full and perfect love.
24 pages Pamphlet Author: E. C. Hadley