“Oh, sin is hell, and holiness is heaven”

When reading through the last bit of Spurgeon’s work, “When Christ Returns”, I was riveted by one of the concepts that he introduced toward the latter half of his book. In the context of the Second Advent of the Lord, he was listing the many things that will take place. Many of them I was already familiar with because they are either repeated through various passages of Scripture or commonly discussed in Christian circles. However, Spurgeon, citing 2 Corinthians 5:10, devoted about the last third of his book to expositing this verse, phrase by phrase, piece by piece.

 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” -2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)

 

When he got to the second half of this verse (in bold above), I was dumbfounded. I guess I had always glossed over this phrase before, but when Spurgeon slowed me down & approached the verse exegetically, I was challenged and encouraged. After listing the many blessings that the believer has to look forward to, he went on to describe the many things that the unbeliever will face. Spurgeon said:

 

“But, how terrible for the ungodly it will be! They are to receive the things that they have done, that is to say, the due punishment. Not every man will receive the same punishment: to the greater sinner, the greater doom; to the man who sinned against light, a greater damnation than to the man who did not have the same light…

 

Not only will the punishment be meted out in proportion to the transgression, but the consequences to be endured will also e a development of the evil actions done, for every man “shall… eat the fruit of [his] own way” (Proverbs 1:31). Sin, in the natural order, ripens into sorrow. This is not blind fate but the operation of a divine law, wise and invariable. How dreadful it will be for the malicious man to gnaw forever on his own envious heart, to find his malice coming back home to him as a bird comes home to roost, to hoot forever in his own soul! How torturous it will be for the lustful man to feel, burning in every vein, lust that he can never gratify; for the wrathful person to be forever raging, with the fire of anger burning like a volcano in his soul; and for the rebel against God to be forever defiant, cursing God whom he cannot touch and finding his curses coming back on himself.

 

There is no punishment worse than for a man who is sinfully disposed to gratify his lusts, to satiate his bad propensities, and to multiply and fatten his vices. Let men grow into what they would be, and then see what they have become…

 

Let them give way to their rage and anger, with nothing to check their passions. Let miserly, greedy people go on forever with their greed. It makes them miserable here, but let these things be indulged in forever, and what worse hell could there be? Oh, sin is hell, and holiness is heaven!”

 

I had never thought of it in those terms before. Never so detailed or thorough. I must confess that I was taken back a bit. It makes perfect sense, but it is heart-breaking just the same, especially as we think of our unbelieving loved-ones suffering this fate. What are your thoughts?

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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