F. W. Grant

Introduction to Facts and Theories as to a Future State

FORMS OF THE DENIAL OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT In entering upon a subject like the present, it will be desirable in the first place to get as clear a view as possible of what is involved, the questions it is proposed to answer. The denial of eternal punishment has two main forms, that of annihilationism, or, as some prefer to call it now, "conditional immortality," and that of the final restoration and salvation of all men. Of these two there are again several modifications, and ev...

Scientific Aspect

Turning now to consider the scientific aspect of these questions, there is one thing I would say, however, by the way of preface. We must not think that Scripture is waiting upon science to get its credentials thence. Thank God, for many it has provcd itse1f so thoroughly to their souls that no scientific issue could possibly affect its authority for them. This the Men of Science themselves cannot with any justice object to. It is only saying, with an emphasis proportioned to ...

Scientific Aspect (b)

3. KINDS. Scripture commits itself definitely to the doctrine of species. There is here, as I believe, no uncertainty or ambiguity at all. The seed is "after the kind" of the herb which yields it; the fruit also "after its kind." God created also the living creatures "after their kind," "every winged fowl after its kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after its kind." There is no room to doubt the doctrine in all this. The question of...

Chapter 12 - Consciousness After Death ... 2

We have seen then the Lord affirming the doctrine of the Pharisees as to conscious existence in happiness or misery in the intermediate state. We shall now pass on to a passage which shows how far the disciples of the Lord had imbibed the Pharisaic, or let us rather say, the Scripture doctrine, with which the Pharisaic was identical. For we read that when, after His resurrection, they were gathered together, "Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, 'Peac...

Chapter 11 - Consciousness After Death ... 1

The question of consciousness may now be taken up. Of course every proof of it is proof also of existence. But many who allow that the soul exists after death, will not allow that it is conscious. Thus Mr. Hudson regards "the soul as an entity not destroyed by the death of the body, however dependent it may be upon embodiment for the purposes of active existence." So with others, whom I need not here quote. The thing contended for is what is unknown to (while professedly based...

Chapter 10 - Death

PART 2. - DEATH AND THE INTERMEDIATE STATE (Chapters 10-14) We have already got a long way towards the settlement of the question as to what death is according to Scripture. I say according to Scripture, for it is remarkable how little the class of writers we are speaking of make it really a question to be settled by Scripture at all. They generally assume that we know all about it, that the word speaks for itself, and that our experience of it should settle the matter. So...

Chapter 9 - Man's Relationship to God

One last consideration before we close this section. It is very plain that, as distinguished from the beasts, man is in Scripture recognized as in a place of relationship with God; and this by creation, not redemption merely. Adam, as the work of God’s hands, is in some sort, as the genealogy in Luke bears witness, “the son of God.”* The apostle confirms it by quoting from the heathen poet, "we are also His offspring "† (Acts xvii. 28). Now, although sin has so far de...

Chapter 8 - The Fall

There remain yet some things to point out before the harmony of Scripture doctrine as to spirit and soul is properly before us. Types indeed of the difference and relationship between these two essential parts of man’s being are to be found, I doubt not, in the human race at large. Man and woman, in their characteristic differences, seem to present very much the peculiar features of spirit and soul the one predominant in mental activity, the other in emotional; the woman for...

Chapter 7 - Soul and Self

We may now proceed still further in proof of the distinct meaning and harmonious use of these words in Scripture; each added harmony discovered being of course new proof of the reality of man’s spiritual being, and of the complete Scriptural recognition of the fact. We have seen the intimate alliance of soul and body, the very appetites (as we speak) of the body being ascribed to the soul. This makes it little wonder that "soul" and "life" should be so far identified as ...

Chapter 6 - Functions and Relationships of Soul and Spirit

With these facts before us, the way is prepared for us to see a new and beautiful harmony in the Scripture teaching as to soul and spirit. That these are quite distinct from one another, though so nearly related, the word of God bears abundant witness. "Your whole spirit and soul and body," and "piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit," are passages sufficiently plain. But the question naturally arises, How, then, are they distinguished, and what are their rel...
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