Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
The miserable fate of the wicked in hell (Matt. 25:46; Mark 3:29; Heb. 6:2; 2 Thess. 1:9; Matt. 18:8; 25:41; Jude 1:7). The Scripture as clearly teaches the unending duration of the penal “sufferings of the lost as the “everlasting life,” the “eternal” “life” of the righteous. The same Greek words in the New” “Testament (aion, aionios, aidios) are used to express (1) the” eternal existence of God (1 Tim. 1:17; Rom. 1:20; 16:26); (2) of Christ (Rev. 1:18); (3) of the Holy Ghost (Heb. 9:14); and (4) the eternal duration of the sufferings of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Jude 1:6). “Their condition after casting off the mortal body is spoken of “in these expressive words: “Fire that shall not be quenched” “(Mark 9:45, 46), “fire unquenchable” (Luke 3:17), “the worm that” “never dies,” the “bottomless pit” (Rev. 9:1), “the smoke of” “their torment ascending up for ever and ever” (Rev. 14:10, 11).” “The idea that the “second death” (Rev. 20:14) is in the case of “the wicked their absolute destruction, their annihilation, has” “not the slightest support from Scripture, which always” represents their future as one of conscious suffering enduring for ever. “The supposition that God will ultimately secure the repentance and restoration of all sinners is equally unscriptural. There is not the slightest trace in all the Scriptures of any such restoration. Sufferings of themselves have no tendency to purify the soul from sin or impart spiritual life. The atoning death of Christ and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit are the only means of divine appointment for bringing men to repentance. Now “in the case of them that perish these means have been rejected,” “and “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Heb. 10:26,” 27).
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