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Wednesday
Mar092011

No More Repentance

From God Who Is There, The: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by D. A. Carson, on Rev. 22:11

Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.

and what this verse tells us about those whose final destination is hell:

Hell is full of people who do not want to be there but who still do not want to bend the knee. For all eternity they still hate God. They still despise the cross. They still nurture sin; they still hate others in this endless cycle of self-chosen sin, iniquity, thanklessness, idolatry, and their consequences. The prospect is horrendous. This ongoing sin is so much a part of their stamp and makeup that is they were suddenly transported to heaven, they would hate it. In exactly the same way as we [see] in John 3 in the passage on God’s love, when the light comes, people love darkness rather than light because their deed are evil. That is the horrible awfulness of it: ongoing punishment and still—God help us—no repentance. Not ever. That’s why the Bible tells us to “flee from the coming wrath” (Matt. 3:7).

Carson goes on to remind us that any Christian who teaches on these things without tears is betraying Jesus:

Christian faith and thought are not helped by angry preachers whose tone almost suggests that they take a kind of vicious glee from the tragic end of others For a start, we Christians will be the first to acknowledge, as Paul understands in Ephesians 2, that we are all by nature children of wrath—starting with us who have become Christians. If we have come to experience the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with the living God, it is only because of the grace of the gospel. We are never more than condemned prisoners who have found pardon and who want others to enjoy the same.


Related Theological Term posts:


A few recent posts elsewhere:


And of course, the flurry of post on hell, universalism, etc. comes because of Rob Bell’s new book, which Tim Challies reviews here.

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Thanks for posting this quote and the links.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpersis

So I'm impatient. Can't wait for the review. Is the book a buy?

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Klassen

It's a really good book. You can borrow my copy if you want. I've already listened to all the lectures this book comes from so I just use my copy for reference and I'm not sure whether I'll ever actually review it or not.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Rebecca:

I've wanted to read this book by Dr. Carson, but have yet to order a copy. I appreciate the subtitle: Finding your place in God's story. It truly is His story and the thought of people who, "For all eternity... still hate God. They still despise the cross," truly breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

I've often wondered how our Lord will accomplish Revelation 21:4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever," if we retain the knowledge of those who are despising the cross for eternity.

jules

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I've often wondered how our Lord will accomplish Revelation 21:4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever," if we retain the knowledge of those who are despising the cross for eternity.

I'm not sure. I've thought that since our wills will be perfectly aligned with God's, we will rejoice in eternity that God has worked everything according to his plan. We'll see the perfect rightness of everything and we will understand the rightness of things that befuddle us now.

What do you think?

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

I agree, Rebecca. I don't believe that He will simply give us heavenly amnesia. Rather, our eyes will be opened to His glory, His sovereignty, His holiness and perfection. "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory." 2 Corinthians 1:20

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Thanks for the offer but I bought it on kindle. Btw I tried to do it through your widget but it won't work with kindle. Is there anyway to order kindle and make it so you get your stipend?

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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