The Christian Story – IV. What Sin Deserves

Because of sin, all mankind are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). This means they come under God’s condemnation for what they’ve done. Romans 2:6 says that God “will render to each one according to his works.” This means that every person will be judged according to what they’ve done. “For those [people] who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury,” (Romans 2:8). One day every human being will appear before God and will have to answer for everything they’ve done, during their whole life. For those whose lives have been lived in rebellion toward God, living their lives as if he had nothing to say, as if he had no rights over them, they will face the fury of God on the day when he judges mankind.

God, since he is good and just, must punish all sin. There will be no pardons on the last day for people who have lived life on their own terms. And because their offense is so serious, they will never be able to finish paying the debt that they owe. Since God is infinitely good, sin is an offense that is infinitely serious. God will punish them forever, and there will be no appeals. They will go away into “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:46).

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