John edwards what is hell in

Therefore, the threatening is fulfilled in the death of Christ, the surety. The Scripture says that wicked men shall not be delivered till they have paid the uttermost farthing of their debt, Mat. Whom he makes sore, and bindeth up? Doubtless they themselves must have some active concern in the affair, in a way of repenting, seeking, obeying, or yielding subjection to God, and in some acknowledgment of him, some yielding of themselves to him. If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing it would be to think of! To evince this, I shall use only one argument, viz. Yet they trouble not themselves much about it, nor will they hearken to those who cry to them, and entreat them to take care for themselves, and labor to get out of that dangerous condition. It is an unreasonable and unscriptural notion of the mercy of God, that he is merciful in such a sense that he cannot bear that penal justice should be executed. So that the man complies in some sense, but his heart does not comply.

Second, that the present misery of those that bear the wrath of God is so great, or their misery is intensively so great, as to be in a proportion to the discoveries and manifestations that are made of his majesty.

Therein he will appear as a just governor of the world. Your bodies, which shall have been burning all this while in these glowing flames, shall not have been consumed, but will remain to roast through eternity, which will not have been at all shortened by what shall have been past.

Christ having undertaken for us, and taken on him our nature, and appearing in the form of a servant, and standing as our surety and representative, had a great work appointed him of God to do in this life for eternity. It is here also to be observed that the wicked inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah should be condemned to misery at the day of judgment, though they had already been in their purifying flames, and in a state of probation.

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If we look at all that death which was comprehended in the threatening, it was, properly speaking, fulfilled in Christ. First, the Scripture everywhere represents the punishment of the wicked, as implying very extreme pains and sufferings.

John edwards what is hell in

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