Bad Things Happen to Bad Believers Pt 2
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I. God Judges and Rewards or Punishes His (faith exercising & forgiven) people on the basis of their obedient works
II. Weeping and Gnashing of teeth, excluded in Outer Darkness is the fate of unprofitable servants Ezk 44*
III. Unfruitful Bad Believers who don't Repent in light of the Coming Kingdom, get burned in Gehenna
A. Refining/Purifying Fire is anticipated by the OT to Discipline the Disobedient & Purify the Faithful so they can pleasingly serve God cf 1Pt 1
Mal 3:1 I send My messenger; he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you desire, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant Jer 31:31, in whom you delight. 2 But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver Ps 11; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then...pleasant to the LORD 5 and I will come near you for judgment...because they do not fear Me 7..You have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them Heb 10:29
Isa 1:25 I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. 33:14 sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" 15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly...shuts his eyes from seeing evil: 16 They are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. 17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.
Retribution Jer 7:20 burn and not be quenched..23..Obey My voice & I will be your God & you shall be My people 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward...30 done evil in My sight
B. The NT, rooted in Isa 40:1-10 (promised King coming to judge/reward), required a change of mind (repentance) about the Kingdom to escape wrath
Mk 9:41...by no means lose his reward...sea 43-48 If your hand/foot/eye causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to depart/cast into Gehenna, into the fire that is never quenched 49 For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt (faithful endurance). 50 if the salt loses its saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, Lk 9:23-28
Isa 5:24 as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
C. “Eternal” Fire (prop: of The Age) is not the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:15 where the Devil and pagans spend eternity), but the garbage dump of Ghenna(literally;incorrectly translated “hell”) where unprofitable works are burned up 1Cor 3:15 cf.Mt 16:27; 1Cor 3:13; 2Cor 5:10; Rm 2:6; 14:12; 1Pte 1:17; Rev 2:23
D. Hades Mt 11:23 Capernaum Lk 10:15, exalted to heaven, shall be brought down to Hades #86 OT Sheol/grave16:18 gates of Hades not prevail
E. The Lake of Fire is the Second Death Rev 20:14 And death and hell/Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the 2nd death Cx 2Pt 2:4
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