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PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
Part 6


Eternal Judgment



     The first man Adam was made a living soul (Genesis 2:7, 1 Corinthians 15:45); he was created as such
spiritually, emotionally, and physically, in the image of God:

***Spiritually- innocent and incorruptible -

Genesis 1:31, 2:7, 3:5-7,

Proverbs 12:28,

Ecclesiastes 7:29,

1 John 1:5

***Emotionally- having love and a desire to love -

Genesis 2:18-25, 3:6,
Ephesians 5:28,
1 Timothy 2:14,
1 John 4:7,8

***Physically- "the figure of him that was to come"

Romans 5:14,
Genesis 1:26,
Ephesians 3:9

 
     After the fall (Genesis 3:6), Adam was no longer in the image (eikon#1504) of God-as a son (Luke 3:38), but remained inherently in the likeness (homoiosis#3369) of God - as a creature (Romans 8:19-21).
 

[See Genesis 5:3 and James 3:9; also John 3:3-7, Colossians 3:10.]


     Being no longer in the image of God, but still retaining the likeness of God, Adam, because of his rebellion against God, had brought together two very definite and real things:

1. The fact that he was created a living soul by the eternal God, and thereby a creature bound for eternity from his creation, did not change when he rebelled. (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Isaiah 41:4)
 
2. The fact that he brought death upon all mankind (1 Corinthians 15:22, Romans 5:12), including himself (Genesis 2:17, 3:19), also did not change his inherent eternal existence (NOT from eternity past, as only God is, but from the point of creation into the future eternally-Isaiah 41:4).

     So, just as surely as Adam brought death by his disobedience (Romans 5:12), and the wages of sin is death (Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23), we are assured that death itself is not a solitary event in time, but a continuing, eternal state of destruction and separation from God and all that is light, holy, love, and peace.

2 Peter 2:17,

 Jude 13,

Matthew 25:46,

Daniel 12:2,2

Thessalonians 1:9


*******HELL*******

     The word "hell" is in the Bible 54 times; 31 in the Old Testament, and 23 in the New Testament. The doctrine of the reality of hell, the location of hell, and the nature of hell is very explicitly taught in the scripture, and is one of the most prominent doctrines of the Bible; which is chiefly why the Spirit of the Lord calls it one of the "principles of the doctrine" (Hebrews 6:1)—something that should be, and must be understood by all who profess to be servants of Jesus Christ in the very beginning, before moving on to the deeper teachings of the scriptures.

1. The Reality Of Hell:

     Hell is not a "state of being", or a "concept of suffering". It is an actual, physical place, as real as any city or country in the earth, and is a real part of God's creation.
 

Psalm 9:17, 16:10, 139:8,

 

Proverbs 23:14,

 

Isaiah 5:14,

 

Matthew 5:22,29,30, 10:28, 11:23, 18:9,

 

Luke 12:5,

 

Acts 2:31,

 

Revelation 1:18

     Right now the angels which left their first estate are there (Genesis 6:4, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6), along with every soul since Adam that died outside of Christ (Old and New Testament alike) - (Psalm 55:15 Luke 16:22,23, Matthew 23:33). Also, possibly angels that have fallen since the flood and been cast into "the abyss" (abussos#12 ), "the deep" (Luke 8:31), or "the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:1, 20:3), by Jesus Christ himself, or his church (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17).
 

Hell is not a metaphor! It is REAL!

 

2. The Location Of Hell:

 

     The Bible teaches conclusively and repeatedly that hell is a real, physical place which exists right now in the center of the earth. The "lower parts of the earth" cannot be searched out by men (Proverbs 25:3, Jeremiah 31:37), and the Bible teaches with clarity that hell is located there.

Deuteronomy 32:22,

Psalm 55:15, 86:13,

Proverbs 9:18, 15:24,

Isaiah 14:9,15,

Ezekiel 31:16,17, 32:27,

Amos 9:2,

Matthew 11:23,

Luke 10:15,

2 Peter 2:4

 

     Because the earth is a sphere, there is only one possible place that can be "down" wherever one is on the planet. Also, because of the earth's gravitational pull within itself, the center thereof is theoretically (and practically) bottomless, because in descending downward, without reaching any definite point, one would eventually be found to be going upward again. Therefore, we must conclude without question that hell is not only literally and physically real, but also that it is located in the center, or heart, of the earth.
 
 

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