Two Judgments And Four Types Of People (Luke 19:11-27) -- By: Robert N. Wilkin
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Two Judgments And Four Types Of People
I. Introduction: One Judgment, Or Two?
The doctrine of the last days, eschatology, is closely related to the doctrine of salvation, soteriology. Unfortunately, errors in eschatology often translated into errors in the doctrine of salvation.1
For example, it has become common for Evangelical pastors and scholars to speak of one final judgment in which all people will be judged to determine whether they receive something they call final salvation2 (or eschatological salvation).
John Stott said,
Twice Paul said that he did not “shrink” from his teaching responsibility. He did not “hesitate” (NIV) to declare anything profitable to them (v. 20), the whole counsel (or plan) of God (v. 27). Perhaps these phrases refer to the same thing, since all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable (2 Tim 3:16). What was this “whole purpose of God”? Doubtless it included the great doctrines of creation by God (as Paul unfolded this in Athens), redemption by Christ, and regeneration by the Spirit; the bringing into being of the church; the ethical standards of Christian discipleship; together with final salvation and final judgment. Much of contemporary preaching appears very
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thin in contrast to the whole purpose of God Paul unfolded (italics added).3
A. W. Pink wrote,
Though the perfect life of Christ must not be exalted to the exclusion of His atoning death, neither must it be omitted as the believer’s model. If it be true that no attempt to imitate Christ can obtain a sinner’s acceptance with God, it is equally true that the emulating of Him is imperatively necessary and absolutely essential in order to the saints’ preservation and final salvation [emphasis added]. “Every man is bound to the imitation of Christ under penalty of forfeiting his claim to Christ. The necessity of this imitation convincingly appears from the established order of salvation, which is fixed and unalterable. Now conformity to Christ is the established method in which God will bring many souls to glory. ‘For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren’ [emphasis his] (Rom. 8:29). The same God who hath predestinated men to salvation, hath i...
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