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fet in opposition to falvation, and means utter ruin. Paul says, Heb. x. 39, “ But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition ; but of them that believe to the faving of the soul.” Here the cpposite of perdition is the faving of the soul; if the soul is not saved, it is lost; if it does not live by faith, it must die and go into perdition. Judas is called the son of PERDITION. John xvii. 12, “ And, none of them is lost but the son of . perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled." Chiist says, Good were it for that man if he had not been born. Paul says, “But they that will be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. When will this perdition or utter ruin take place on the wicked ? At the day of judgment. 2 Pet. iii. 7, “ But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the fame word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly nuen." Observe, the word perdition signifies utter ruin, or eternal death : this is to take place at the day of judgment, and is what will certainly come on all ungodly men. How can the Universalist come forward and promise falvation to the wicked, when the scriptures promise them perdition at the last day !! The only reason why people sincerely believe that the wicked will live eternally in misery is, because they have been brought up to believe it, and never have read the Bible to see what it says of them. I acknowl, edge this is the way I have done till within a few months. n
6. DAMNATION is a word used in the New-Teitament to describe the final end of the wicked.
This word fignifies condemnation, or to be excluded from all favour from God forever. Jesus first used this word, and applied it to the scribes and pharisees. Matt. ' . xxiii. 14, “ Wo unto you, fcribes and pharisees, hypo. crites ; for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer ; therefore ye shall receive the greater DAMNATION.” Who is in danger of this damnation? Those who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, and all who do not believe the gospel. : Mark iii. 29, “ But he
that shall blafpheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgivness, but is in danger of eternal DAMNATION." Chap. xvi. 16, “He that believeth not shall be DAMNED." This is not the DAMNATION of this world ; but the DAMNATION of hell. Matt.xxii. 33, “ Ye serpents, ye gener. ation of vipers! how can ye escape the DAMNATION of hell.” This DAMNATION will not be till after the refur. rection. Jesus says, John v. 28, 29, “Marvel not at". this; for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in their graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of DAMNATION.” This shews when this DAMNATION will be; at the same time when the second death, destruction, and perdition comes on the ungodly, so that they shall utterly perilh. It is evident from what Peter has said, that it has not yet come, though it haftens upon them. 2 Pet. ii. 3, “ Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their DAMNATION slumbereth not.” Paul tells us who will share in this DAMNATION after the resurTection. 2 Theff. ii. 11, 12, **And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be DAMNED, who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." This agrees with what Christ says, “ He that believeth not shall be damned.”
This DAMNATION will be just, because those who will receive it,commit a crimę which merits the second death. Rom, üi. 8, “ Whose damnation is just.” . S .
7. CONDEMNATION is another word used in the New. , Testament to describe the last state of the wicked: it fignifies, “ The sentence by which any one is doomed to pun. ishment.” It means a declaring a person guilty and deserving deach for his crime.
Jesus says he came not to condemn the world. Why? Pecause they were already condemned. “He that believeth not is condemned already ; because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the CONDEMNATION, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.” John ii. 18, 19, Every unbeliever is condemned or sentenced to die for his own crime, which is unbelief : but that sentence is not execu. ted, and will not be until the last day. Jude says, ver. 4; “ For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this CONDEMNATION; un. godly men turning the grace of our God into lascivious. ness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Je. fus Christ.” We are told what the CONDEMNATION is, which ungodly men are ordained to ; and when this CONDEMNATION shall come upon them. : The time when they shall feel this CONDEMNATION is, when “the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his faints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodlily committed, and of all their hard speeches whichungodly linners have spoken against him."
See ver. 14, 15. We are told what this condemNATION · means which will be executed at the coming of the Lord. - Verses 11, 12, 13, Wo untò them ! for they have gone
in the way of Cain, and ran greėdily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they fealt with you, feeding themselves without fear; clouds they are without water ; carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit twice dead, plucked up by the roots ; raging waves of the sea, foam. ing out their own shame ; wandering stars, to whom is referved the blackness of darkness forever.” This is a description of the CONDEMNATION of ungodly men. The fentence passed on them is thus described, when executed at the day of judgment. It is said they shall perish; that they are trees twice dead. They must be alive twice, or they could not die twice. They were once dead, when they died and were buried; then at the resurrection they will be alive ; after they are judged they will die again. This will be the SECOND DEATH; this is their end. When a tree is twice dead, there is no hope of it, it is cast into the fire. Can all this take place upon an ungodly man, and he be in existence afterwards ? No.
Can all this take place, and then the ungodly be restored after they are burnt, up and made happy? This cannot?
8. VENGEANCE is another word used to describe the 75 final state of the wicked. This word signifies punishment in a most awful manner, without any kind of pity : or*mercy. It is the same as to avenge.
This is to take place on the wicked at the last day, 2 Theff. i. 8, “ In flaming fire taking venGEANCE on : ? them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This VENGEANCE meanss 2 everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord," u See ver. 9. If the wicked live forever, they will be in the 1,1 l presence of God; but it is from the presence of the Lord, m because they will die to live no more.
9. WRATH is a word frequently used to describe the final state of the wicked. This word signifies fiery rage,... À or anger. It is described by a devouring fire. It means -1 to consume, or devour without any limits or bounds; ? ; utterly to destroy. David compares God's wrath to a o devouring fire.
Psal. lxxxix. 46, “ How long, Lord, wilt thou hideung thyself? Shall thy WRATH burn like fire ? Ezekiel xxi. i 2 31, “ And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, 93 I will blow against thee in the fire of my WRATH.", Chap. xxii. 31, “ I have consumed them with the fire of :) my WRATH.” These places plainly show that wrath is 1 iš compared to a consuming, devouring fire. Let us nowá; fee how this word is used to describe the end of the B wicked. When John the baptist begun to preach to the wicked, he told them of the WRATH to come on the un..!! godly. Matt. iii. 7, “ O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the WRATH to come ?" In ver. 1 10, he tells what this wrath to come is; “ Therefore i every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn it ! down, and cast into the fire." This is called WRATH to a come, because it will not be felt in the full extent of it, until the last day. Every unbeliever is under this WRATH, or exposed to it. John iii. 36, “ And he that .. believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the Wrath of
God abideth on him.". Every child of Adam as an un. believer, is a child of wrath to come, and exposed to it. Eph. ii. 3, “ And were by nature children of WRATH, even as others." Theff. i. 1o, " And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the WRATH to come.” It is generally thought that this will always be wrath to come; but it will noto; for, there will be a time when this wrath will come on the ungodly, · The day of WRATH is appointed. Rom. ii. 5, “ But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurelt up unto thyself WRATH against the day of wrath, and reve. lation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds." This day of wrath means the day of judgment; this will be at the resurrection. Rev. xi, 18, “And the nations were angry, and thy WRATH is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give: reward unto thy fervants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great, and houldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” This WRATH is to destroy the wicked, which means to make an end of them; even of the soul and body. This agrees with what Paul has faid, Rom. ix. 22, “What if God, willing to shew his WRATH, and to make his pow. er known, endured with much long-suffering, the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.". There is no language plainer than this, concerning the end of the wicked. The prophets have spoken of the wrath which will come on the ungodly at the last day in a most folemn manner. Job xxi. 20, 30, “ His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the WRATH of the Almighty ; they shall be brought forth to the day of WRATH."
10. Consu'Me is a word used to describe the end of the wicked. This word signifies to waste, destroy, or make, an end, to burn up.
Heb. xii. 29, “For our God is a consuning fire." Job fpeaking of the wicked says, Job. xx. 26, “A fire not blown shall CONSUME him."