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Close Your Eyes

 

All Bible references are to the Anglicised New International Version (NIV-UK)

 

God’s eternal purpose for the human family will astonish an unbelieving world, as the prisoners of death are released, their ransom paid in full, their lives restored and their right to life no longer in question.

 

But the Scriptures do not teach universal eternal salvation (John 3: 36). There must be a period of instruction in righteousness, a reformation of character, and a genuine, heartfelt appreciation of Christ as their Redeemer. No longer condemned by Adam’s sin, each will be personally responsible before the Christ and, ‘The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him’ (Ezekiel 18: 20).

 

The Apostle Peter, speaking of Jesus, declared: ‘Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people’ (Acts 3: 23). But it is clear that a personal experience of the consequences of sin will predispose the vast majority to choose righteousness, to become honourable citizens of the Kingdom of God, and to enter into everlasting life.

 

Close your eyes for a moment . . . . to the scenes of misery and woe, degradation and sorrow that yet prevail on account of sin, and picture before your mental vision the glory of a perfect earth. Not a stain of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a bitter thought, not an unkind look or word; love, welling up from every heart, meets a kindred response in every other heart, and benevolence marks every act. There sickness shall be no more – not an ache nor a pain, nor any evidence of decay – not even the fear of such things. Think of all the pictures of comparative health and beauty that you have ever seen, and know that perfect humanity will be of still surpassing loveliness. Then inward purity and mental and moral perfection will stamp and glorify every radiant countenance. Such will earth’s society be; and weeping bereaved ones will have their tears all wiped away, when thus they realize the resurrection work complete. The Divine Plan of the Ages

 

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