articles of chapter 9

Damnation and Destruction

Damnation in Bible verses:

Isa:
38:17 Behold, for peace was bitter to me, most bitter; but you loved my soul from the pit of destruction; You have cast all my sins behind your back.

Mat:
7:13 Go in through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it. 8:14: When Jesus went into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever. – ’ Broad way’, which means pursuing wordly success, will lead to damnation. There are many such people, in fact the vast majority of us. In chapter 18 Jesus spoke of the lost sheep that the shepherd went to look for. The sheep is, of course, a symbol of a person who goes astray and stops believing. He will be lost in damnation if he is not found back in the congregation. God does not want anybody to get lost in this way.

Mar:
16:16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who doesn’t believe will be condemned. 16:15 Then he said to them, “As you go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. – Baptism as such is just “an appeal to God for a good conscience” (1 Pet 3:21). Some accept the gospel message, some not. Paul realized this when he preached the gospel to the gentiles in the present Turkish territory. Those who believed in the gospel were also baptized. They are promised salvation on the basis of faith.

Luk:
6:37 Judge not, and in no way be judged. Do not condemn, and in no way you will be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 9:25 For what is a man profited gaining the whole world but destroying himself or suffering loss?

Jhn:
17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name; I guarded those whom You gave to me, and not one of them was lost, except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

Act:
8:20 But Peter said to him, may your money perish with you because you thought you could obtain God’s free gift with money!

Rom:
5:16 Nor can the free gift be compared to what came through the man who sinned. For the sentence that followed one man’s offense brought condemnation, but the free gift brought justification, even after many offenses. 18 Consequently, just as one offense resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to flesh, but according to Spirit.

1 Cor:
1:18 For the message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved. – According to Corinthians (1:18), there are two types of people: those who are lost because they do not accept the word from the cross. Secondly, there are people who will not be lost, but will be saved. For those who are saved the word of the cross is the power of God. According to this verse, some people are actually saved, some are lost.

11:32 But being judged, we are disciplined by the Lord, that we not be condemned along with the world. – All will have to be judged. For those who are the Lord’s own believers, the judgment of the Lord means teaching, correcting, healing, etc. in his life time. Discipline means for them teaching and chastise. The carnal minded are not Lord’s own, they are subject to condemnation with the world.

2 Cor:
2:15 To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.
4:3 But if also our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those that are lost; (ἀπόλλυμι apollymi),

Phl:
1:28 and not frightened in anything by the opposers, which is to them a demonstration of destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God;
3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and who glory in their shame, those who mind earthly things.

2 The:
1:9 Such people will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction by being separated from the Lord’s presence and from his glorious power.

The previous verses say: 1:6-since it is a just thing with God to pay back tribulation to the ones troubling you, and to give you, those being troubled, relief with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from Heaven with angels of His power, 8 in flaming fire giving full vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The 2 Thes talks about the Second Coming of Jesus when on the day of wrath of the Lord He will take revenge on those that do not know God, and who do not obey the gospel of Christ. What is the punishment for these? It is eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power. Penalty is said to be a revenge. Revenge is more than a rigorous teaching and reprimand that confronts those of the Lord who have been strayed into sin. Those who are not obedient to the gospel will be punished with eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord. The punishment is said to be eternal, but it does not speak of the eternal torture in the fiery lake.

2 The 1:9 Such people will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction by being separated from the Lord’s presence and from his glorious power.

What does it mean not know God? In biblical terms, its meaning may be 1. to see; see, observe with the eyes or other senses 2. To know; to know, in particular: to know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive (gain information), cherish, pay attention to. – Knowing God can have different meanings. A person may be totally unaware of God Jehovah or he or she has heard about Him, but this has not resulted in any further. I will interpret the matter so that, after having understood the central message of the gospel, one must make a solution; he or she must acquire more information to make a decision of faith. If a man is indifferent, even though he understands the importance of the matter, he is at risk of facing the punishment given in verse 9.

Sometimes it is better not to know: 2 Pet 2:21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and turn their backs on the holy commandment that was committed to them. Luk 12:48: But the servant who did things that deserved a beating without knowing it will receive a light beating. Much will be required from everyone to whom much has been given. But even more will be demanded from the one to whom much has been entrusted. – Rom 2:14: For whenever Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written in their hearts, a fact to which their own consciences testify, and their thoughts will either accuse or excuse them – We can conclude from these verses that knowledge brings responsibility. If you do not know (“know the law”), you can not be condemned.

2 The 2:3 Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because that Day will not come unless first comes the falling away, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 2:10 and in all deceit of unrighteousness in those being lost, because they did not receive the love of the truth in order for them to be saved.

1 Tim:
6:9 But those having purposed to be rich fall into temptation, and a snare, and many foolish and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and loss.

Heb:
10:39 Now, we do not belong to those who turn back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

2 Pet:
3:7 Now by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire and are being kept for the day when ungodly people will be judged and destroyed.

3:16 He [Paul] speaks about this subject in all his letters. Some things in them are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort to their own destruction, as they do the rest of the Scriptures.

Rev:
17:8 he beast that you saw once was, is no longer, and is going to come from the bottomless pit and go to its destruction. Those living on earth, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, will be surprised when they see the beast because it was, is no longer, and will come again.

11 The beast that was and is no longer is the eighth king, but it belongs with the seven kings and goes to its destruction. (ἀπώλεια)

What Does Destruction Mean?                   

Destruction ἀπόλλυμι apollymi: to destroy; to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin, render useless, to kill, to declare that one must be put to death, metaph. to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell, to perish, to be lost, ruined, destroyed

The above verses give a clear picture of the nature of destruction. It is a most serious punishment. These people will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life. (Mat 25:46)

Judgments are divided into two types: sinners receive punishment, and on the other hand the righteous people receive eternal life. If, then, sinners do not receive eternal life, there remains only a question to be resolved; what is their punishment? And is it really eternal?

In Revelation, as in Daniel, there are beasts. It is a figurative expression of the end-time kingdom and the of the “kings” in it. The Beast Kingdom is going to be lost and destroyed.

The Weeping and the Gnashing of Teeth

Mat:
8:12 But the sons of that kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. – This verse is not easy to understand without reading the context. Children of the kingdom of Israel were Jews who kept it for granted that they could get into the kingdom of God. Jesus said this after having met a true believer in a Roman soldier: ”Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. – Only the true believers can enter the Kingdom of God.

13:47-50 Again, the kingdom of Heaven is compared to a drag net thrown into the sea, and gathering together of every kind; When it was full, the fishermen hauled it ashore. Then they sat down, sorted the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones away. That is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the evil from the righteous and will throw them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth. – In the dragnet there is gathered fish of many kind and the angels take out the wicked from among the righteous. The wicked will be thrown into the furnace of fire. This furnace of fire does not seem to differ much from the fiery lake. Perhaps it is only an alternative figurative expression for fiery lake.

22:13 Then the king told his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him into the outer darkness! In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 24:51 Then his master will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
25:30 Throw this useless servant into the outer darkness! In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The sinners of these verses are not thrown into a fiery lake but instead into the outer darkness, which Strong’s describes:
outer darkness: ἐξώτερος exōteros σκότος skotos

metaph. of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery in hell

persons in whom darkness becomes visible and holds sway

Luk:
13:28 In that place there will be crying and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves being driven away on the outside.

Gnashing of teeth: used to denote extreme anguish and utter despair of men consigned to eternal punishment in hell, snarling, growling: in the sense of biting

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