F. W. Grant

Chapter 36 - "Everlasting Punishment in Matthew 25

It is not needful to our present purpose to establish the particular application of what has been strangely called by some the "parable" of the sheep and the goats. It is indeed no parable, but a very simple statement of the separation of the living upon the earth when the Lord comes to it sets up His throne there, which separation is compared a shepherd separating his sheep from the goats. It is therefore a part of that premillennial judgment of the quick already spoken of, a...

Chapter 37 - "The Gospel of Hope"

Our accounts with annihilationism are well-nigh closed. But there remain still some from the opposite side of restorationisrn which require to be looked at, and among the advocates of this, spite of his protest, we must reckon Dr. Farrar. He is not indeed an assured Universalist; but it is not wronging him to say that he is one in hope. His book is styled "Eternal Hope," and his own views are evidently identical with what he calls, "the gospel of hope": where by "hope," he doe...

Chapter 38 - Annihilist - Restorationism - Mr. Dunn's Theory

It is no wonder that - considering the moral arguments that have been put forth to sustain it - annihilationism should have failed to satisfy the minds of many of its advocates. It is well to note, in looking briefly at the views now to come before us, that they are the product of a mind influenced by speculative considerations, anxiously seeking a way of escape from what in the first instance was believed to be the teaching of Scripture. I mean, it was not Scripture itself th...

Chapter 39 - "The Restitution of All Things" - Mr. Jukes

This Scriptural expression is the title Mr. Jukes has adopted for his well-known book, which in its fourth edition lies before me. I propose now to take up and pursue with Scripture the thread of its argument. Much we have already looked at, and of course need not look at again; but there is much needed yet to complete our survey. We may pass over his preliminary observations upon the nature of Scripture and begin with his second section upon its "testimony." This, he tell...

Chapter 40 - "The Restitution of All Things" - Canon Farrar

Canon Farrar often names the doctrine of "final restitution" (in the universalist sense, of course), and his last "excursus" in the appendix to his book is entitled "The Voice of Scripture respecting Eternal Hope." There is little, however, beside a list of texts, which we shall presently consider. The first two pages are taken up with that protest against isolated texts, which we have already looked at. Then it is urged, that "if the doctrine of endless torment be true, it is...

Christ - The Eternal Son

That Christ is Son of God no one who believes in Scripture can for a moment deny or question. But the moment we come to consider how and in what sense He is the Son of God, we begin not merely to encounter the strife of tongues with which unbelief has ever assailed His glorious Person, but to experience also the mystery of it, which faith itself most thoroughly confesses. Nor only this, but we find from Scripture this title of His as Son of God to be twofold—His title in Dei...

The Deity of Christ

For one who is in possession of the New Testament, it scarcely needs to quote a text to prove the deity of Christ. It is only will that can fail to find it there; though it would be another thing entirely to say that there are no difficulties in the comprehension of it. Of course there are difficulties. That a babe born in Bethlehem, growing in wisdom and stature in the carpenter’s house in Nazareth, should be at the same time the God of all men, this is a difficulty which n...

Christ - The Son of Man

The integrity of our Saviour’s manhood is marked by one title which the Lord claimed for Himself with special emphasis, and which prophecy also had in a most distinct way applied to Him,—“the Son of man.” Here “man,” in the Hebrew texts, is “Adam,” man generically; and it really settles conclusively the question (if any entertain it) as to His being personally Man. A son of man is just a man in the broadest sense, one by descent and inheritance a man. In Ps. 49 a “the low...

Christ - The Second Man

If the title of the Lord as Son of Man shows the continuity of humanity in Him with humanity as found in men in general,—body, soul, and spirit truly human,—there is all the more need for us to realize on the other side the uniqueness of this humanity in Him,—the wondrous new step that humanity has gained in the Person of the “Man, Christ Jesus.” We may say, and rightly say, that if we know Him as the “Word made flesh,” we know Him necessarily as the Unique Man, peerless ...

Christ - The Last Adam

It is the first epistle to the Corinthians alone, and in the same passage, which gives us the two important terms, so closely related as they are to one another, of "The Second Man" and “Last Adam” (15:45, 47). The one looks backward; the other forward. The “Second Man” implies that before Him we have only the first man, repeated and multiplied, in his descendents; now a new type has appeared; and that this, which is the full and final thought of man, may become the true heir of t...
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