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  1. Then what does that verse mean if they don’t go to hell? This is what I’ve been taught. Pleas explain further…

    • I’ll have to write another whole post to explain what I meant, and since you asked, I’ll try to get it posted before the end of next month.

      Basically, it has to do with citizenship. Remember, the Phillippian jailer had to purchase his Roman citizenship. Paul was Roman by birth. Most people who lived under Roman jurisdiction were not citizens and had no rights as citizens.

      In the Old Testament, Joshua made covenant with the Gibeonites through carelessness. His mission was to slaughter all the Canaanites, but he couldn’t justly slaughter his covenant partners. So basically he enslaved them, and as you follow them through the Old Testament, they gain respect, but never the rights of citizenship.

      Is it possible that when Paul says certain people won’t inherit the kingdom that he means they won’t have the rights of citizenship, and not that they won’t be there at all?

      • Rev 21

        He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

        Sin = consequence…here and when we all stand before the Lord.

        • Do you really mean “sin = consequence”? Sin has consequence, to be sure.

          And let’s not forget that all sin except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven. So the people mentioned in Rev. 21:8 are those who prefer their sin to God and have hardened their hearts against the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t quote that scripture against anyone who is still breathing, because we can’t know anyone’s heart.

          But thank you very much for reading and commenting. Each comment adds value to the post and to the entire blog, and I appreciate them all.

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