John 5.24-29 – The eternal destiny of men
Posted: 5 January 2012 in John

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

There are Christians today, who not feeling comfortable with the idea that it is the eternal destiny of some men to be destroyed, want to believe that all men will eventually be saved. I personally know a couple of people wearing clerical collars who take that view. Whilst the sentiment is understandable, it is not one which can easily be given a biblical defence – and the Bible is our only authority on these matters. Such a view regarding salvation would necessitate the belief that, for something like two thousand years, men had been misinterpreting the Bible drastically, and only within the last fifty or sixty years has its true meaning finally been established. That sounds intrinsically very unlikely. We don’t have to like it, but those who do not have faith in Christ, and perhaps even those who have never heard of Christ, cannot not be saved. Feeling uncomfortable about that does not make it legitimate for us to creatively reinterpret the Bible, or to question God’s justice and righteousness.

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