Eternal Reward and Punishments

Eternal Reward and Punishments
Wade Burleson

Every theological writer knows seminal writing is rare. From the Latin word serere, which means “to sow,” writing that is seminal represents only the seed (semen) for a future and greater harvest of truth. For example, Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses (1517) declared it is “faith that justifies,” not the sacrament. Luther’s writing, though thoroughly biblical, was deemed heretical by the Roman Catholic Church. Five centuries later Luther’s heresy has become evangelical orthodoxy, widely accepted by Christians around the world. Seminal theological writing is rare because as Solomon declared: “Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us” (Eccles 1:10).

    1. Some Christians view hell as the fire that torments forever.
      This is the view of the majority of evangelicals. It has been the main view Christians since the days of Augustine. The traditional view is based on Scripture verses that use the phrase “everlasting destruction,” and “eternal fire” and “unquenchable fire.” The important question for the traditionalist to answer is not “Does God, who in love for sinners gave us His Son, keep billions of sinners alive to torment without end in hell?” as much as “Does the Scripture teach eternal torment for the lost?”

Review:

  1. God alone has immortality (I Timothy 6:16; II Timothy 1:10)
  2. Man’s life is both body and soul (Genesis 3:22).
  3. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
  4. The gift of God is life eternal (John 3:16; Romans 6:23)
  5. There is coming a day of resurrection (Matthew 10:28)
  6. The wicked will be judged and punished for their sins (Revelation 20:12)
  7. The end of the wicked is called ‘the second death’ (Revelation 20:14)

"I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

"No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him" (I Corinthians 2:9).

Luke 3:1-2 (NASB)

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene.

Romans14:1-12 (NASB)

Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall [e]give praise to God.”

So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

Romans14:10-12 (NASB)

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall [e]give praise to God.”

So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

Matthew 20:1-16 (NASB)

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.’ When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’ But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’ So the last shall be first, and the first last.”

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