Monday, 1 February 2016

Wayne Grudems Systematic Theology, chapter 56

The final judgement and eternal punishment

*Just a reminder that this study of Wayne Grudem's book, Systematic Theology, is not by any means me teaching, but rather a simple summary chapter by chapter of his book for my own enrichment.*

Scripture is clear in many places on the fact that the Lord will bring all men before him and have a final judgement based on their lives.

Dispensational views say that there will be more than one period of judgement, before and after the tribulation.  Grudem takes a view that there will be just one time of judgement.

Jesus Christ will be the judge, over the living and the dead.
Unbelievers and believers will be judged, as the judgement includes the dead, great and small.

The Bible speaks of some sort of eternal reward for the work of eternal perspective we have done on earth, and how we will lay our crowns before the Lord, so it is not some kind of competition and comparison game.

Even angels will be judged (i.e. rebellious angels).

God has this final judgement in order to show his perfect justice before all men.

Morally speaking,
The doctrine of justice fulfills our need for justice in the world, knowing that God will have the final say in wrongdoers who seem to "get off the hook."

Also we may forgive others freely, as we know that the final vengeance is the Lord's .
Final judgement gives us a motive for righteous living, and gives us a great motivation for evangelism.   "Turn back from your evil ways, why will you die, o house of Israel?" Ezekiel 33.11.

The judgement can lead to one going to hell, a place of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked.

As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live;" Ezekiel 33.11.

The doctrine of hell is hard to understand because God has put a portion of his love in our hearts, even his love for sinners who rebel against him. j

We must rejoice in God who is perfectly righteous in this matter.

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