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Unformatted text preview: 1 The Eternal State The Intermediate State The Destiny of the Unredeemed The Destiny of the Redeemed Lecture 38 What is Hell? NO Not something we should ever treat casually in language or thought. NO Not something we should viciously relish as the “just deserts” of evildoers. YES The real, tragic, and just consequence of sin; and also a spur to evangelism! The Problem of Hell There are no easy answers. Our response? – Trust God’s sovereign mercy & justice – Stand in awe before mystery – Express gratitude to the God who saves – Rejoice in our election and redemption – Evangelize the lost! Why are some chosen for blessing and others are not? “It is impossible for a sober-minded person to be casual about hell, and it certainly should not be the subject of jokes. It is a terrible place of punishment originally created for the devil and the fallen angels. There is no way to exit hell once there. The only way to avid the horrors of eternal separation from the Lord is to receive God’s gracious gift of salvation in Christ…How important it is for believers to carry the good news of Christ to unbelievers!” (Benware, UETP , p. 304) The Intermediate State • What happens between death and resurrection? • The question is not just idle speculation. It carries profound pastoral implications. – How should we comfort someone in grief? – Where are our loved ones right now? – Are they re-united with other deceased believers?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course TH 1110 taught by Professor Barbieri during the Fall '07 term at Moody Bible Institute.
- Fall '07