Article 14


 

Scripture is not silent as to the resurrection of the wicked. Therefore we ought not to omit this awful truth. One of Satan s masterpieces of hellish deception is to persuade men that there is no hereafter; that death is the end. But Scripture says: "After death the judgment." It is no unfeeling harshness which prompts our declaration: "And that the wicked shall be raised up to be condemned, body and soul, to the unspeakable torments of hell for ever and ever." The guileless faithful lips of the Lord Jesus Himself declared this: "The hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God, 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 (John 5.28,29). The same solemn truth Daniel declares: "Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (12.2).

There can be no period to the punishment of the finally impenitent, who die in their sins and in unbelief (John 8.24), for sin is an infinite evil, being committed against an infinite and eternal Being. Therefore the only possible escape from eternal judgment and the wrath to come is by the infinite satisfaction of Christ when "He was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5 21). His sufferings alone could be a meritorious and efficacious atonement for sin.

The gospel reveals this blessed Way of escape, and it provides "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." "By grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourseIves: it is the gift of God." "If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins." "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (Eph. 2.8: John 8.24; 3.36).

Our mercy will be to partake through grace of the resurrection of the just, to be reaped by the Son of Man into the heavenly garner, and not left to be gathered into the great winepress of God's eternal wrath (Rev. 14. 14-19).

 


What Gospel Standard Baptists Believe. J.H. Gosden. 8 Fairleigh Rise, Kington Langley, Chippenham, Wilts, England. SN15 5QF. 1993. Article 14, pages 75-76.