The Sinner’s Destiny What does God say about the fate of the sinner, the inevitable and final outcome of his disobedience?
The Sinner’s Destiny Judgment, Damnation, Condemnation Mt 12:36-37; 23:33; 2 Thess 2:11-12 The sinner will receive an unfavorable verdict- guilty! The sinner will be judged worthy of punishment and the Judge will pronounce the sentence of hell.
The Sinner’s Destiny Punishment, Divine Retribution, Payment of Penalty Heb 2:1-4; 10:26-31; Mt 25:41-46 How will the sinner escape? How much severer punishment will he deserve? The punishment is eternal- eternal fire!
The Sinner’s Destiny Perish, Be Lost, Suffer Destruction or Perdition “the idea is not extinction, but ruin, loss, not of being, but of well-being” – Vine, p. 294 (see Lk 5:37)
The Sinner’s Destiny Perish, Be Lost, Suffer Destruction or Perdition Perish- Lk 13:1-5 Be Lost- Lk 15:4, 24 Suffer Destruction Mt 7:13; 10:28 Suffer Perdition Heb 10:39 (KJV) Horrific Loss of Well-Being: Mt 13:49-50; Mk 9:43-48 “to be delivered up to eternal misery”- Thayer, p. 64
The Sinner’s Destiny Death “death is the opposite of life; it never denotes non- existence. As spiritual life is “conscious existence in communion with God”, so spiritual death is “conscious existence in separation from God.” - Vine, p. 268 “the misery of the soul arising from sin which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body.”- Thayer, p. 283
The Sinner’s Destiny Death the soul who sins will die Ezek 18:4 violate God’s ordinance - worthy of death Rom 1:32 death spread because all sinned Rom 5:12 wages of sin is death Rom 6:23 when sin is finished it brings forth death Js 1:13-15 “second” death is hell Rev 2:11; 20:14; 21:8
The Proper Response to the Cross Can Change the Sinner’s Destiny Cross is power of God to salvation 1 Cor 1:18 Whoever believes in Him shall not perish Jn 3:16-18 Believer does not come into judgment, passed out of death into life Jn 5:24 Keep my word shall never die Jn 8:51 Believer will live if he dies; if lives- never die Jn 11:25-26 What “belief” involves Rom 10:9-10; 2 Pet 3:9; Mk 16:16 No condemnation for those in Christ Rom 8:1 Christians need the blood, too 1 Jn 1:7-9; 2:1-2; Acts 8:22
Remember the Sinner’s Destiny! Judgment, Damnation, Condemnation Punishment, Divine Retribution, Payment of Penalty Perish, Be Lost, Suffer Destruction and Perdition Death