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Eschatology

Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

November 21, 2017 6 Comments
Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving […]

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Images of Hell

November 20, 2017 4 Comments
Images of Hell

This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing […]

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Hell Has to Be

November 19, 2017 7 Comments
Hell Has to Be

This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In […]

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What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

November 16, 2017 1 Comment
What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

This is the tenth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I […]

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What Is Eternal Life?

November 15, 2017 9 Comments
What Is Eternal Life?

This is the ninth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many […]

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Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

November 14, 2017 0 Comments
Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect […]

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How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

November 13, 2017 0 Comments
How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude […]

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Preparing for Judgment

November 12, 2017 3 Comments
Preparing for Judgment

This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we […]

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