One of the central descriptions of the fate of the unsaved in the Bible is death, contrasted with life for the saved. We see this for example in : “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” speaks of saving a sinner’s soul from death. Death there is not only the general fate of the lost but of their souls; that is, the very soul of the lost will die! John warns three times in Revelation of the “second death” (2:11; 20:14; 21:8). Many passages that don’t mention death per se nonetheless make the point by emphasizing the fate of the saved in contrast to the wicked—which is life.1 Whatever is meant by death—and its opposite, life—it must have been pretty important to get across. So what does the Bible mean when it talks about the ultimate fate of the unsaved being death?2 Continue reading “Whatever death means, it supports conditionalism”
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23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.