The Final Fate Of The Wicked -- By: George Lindley Young

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 084:334 (Apr 1927)
Article: The Final Fate Of The Wicked
Author: George Lindley Young

The Final Fate Of The Wicked


George Lindley Young

E. Brownfield

All others [than the redeemed] fail of this endlessly enduring life. So, as we have seen, they die, actually and utterly die, cease to live, and so come to an end as living beings. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). If we could but repeat this wonderful passage until the truth of it sinks into men’s hearts, we would not have lived in vain. For not to all, but to his own, does Christ give this endless life. “I give unto them (My sheep) eternal life and they shall never perish” (Jn. 10:28). How clear it all would be if men would but accept it as it reads.

But there has been discovered a way to evade this Biblical teaching. That is by changing the meaning of the word life. So eternal life is made to mean, not eternal life, but merely some accompaniment of life; in this case happiness, well-being, spiritual good, etc., etc. Now, that these things shall accompany eternal life is sure. Yet in themselves they are not life. They do not and cannot constitute life. There must first be life, living existence, before there can be happiness. There can be life without happiness. But there can be no happiness without life. Yet if, as our opponents urge, eternal means eternal, then equally so must life mean life. It cannot mean some mere adjunct of life, no matter how wonderful and precious that adjunct may be. Life does not mean happiness, or well-being, or spiritual blessing. It means life in its ordinary sense of living existence.

Much as the Bible has to say concerning life, yet it ever refuses to say that man possesses immortal life, a life in himself, imperishable, ever-enduring. Instead, it makes the possession of such life dependent on Christ as Life-

giver. “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, ye have not life in yourselves” (Jn. 6:53).

Forget not that life in the Bible means life. Sometimes it signifies what we call the life principle, that mysterious divine power, the breath or spirit of life, that imparts life to man and beast alike (Gen. 2:7; 6:17; 8:15, 22; Job 12:10; 33:4;

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