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gift of eternal life could not be at stake, then a prize, crown or reward
must be in view.
The word translated 'second' in Revelation 2:11 and 20:6,14 is the
Greek word deuteros, familiar to English readers in the word Deuteronomy,
'The Second law', derived from the LXX translation of Deuteronomy 17:18, 'a
repetition of the law', deuteronomion. Now a 'second death' implies a first,
and orthodox teaching is fairly unanimous that the first death implied by the
term, is the natural death of all men. If, however, both the terms 'second'
and the associated word 'hurt' have particular reference to overcoming or
failing so to do, a fresh investigation is called for. Where there is
suffering for Christ's sake, where one 'loves not his life unto the death',
there will be a 'tasting of death' long before natural demise, even as there
will be a 'hurting' of the second death, after natural decease, for some who
evaded the suffering. Paul would have no difficulty here for he himself
said, many years before his end came, 'I die daily', which he immediately
connects with fighting with beasts at Ephesus (1 Cor. 15:31,32). He spoke of
his own experiences as being 'in deaths oft' (2 Cor. 11:23), and summed these
expressions up in 2 Corinthians 4:10 -12:
'Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus ... we
... are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake ... death worketh in
The epistle of Jude uses the word deuteros in a suggestive way:
'The Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, Afterward
(deuteros) destroyed them that believed not' (Jude 5).
We find this word adikeo (hurt) also is translated, 'do wrong', 'suffer
wrong', 'take wrong' and in this rendering lies the answer to the difficulty:
'Servants obey ... knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the Reward
of the inheritance ... .
But he that doeth Wrong shall receive for the Wrong which he hath done:
And there is no respect of persons' (Col. 3:22 -25).
Reward or Wrong!
Reward or Hurt!
The inheritance itself is blessedly and eternally secure (Col. 1:12 -
14), the presentation 'holy, unblameable and unreproveable' is likewise
unalterable, but when we come to 'service' and 'rewards' we are on other
grounds. Here is assessment of 'works', with the reminder that there is no
respect of persons. The Great White Throne is one of the sessions of 'The
judgment seat of Christ' where every man's 'work' shall be tried by fire,
where he will receive either a 'reward' or 'suffer loss' (1 Cor. 3:13 -15),
where every one shall receive the things done in the body, whether it be good
or bad (2 Cor. 5:10). In the special case of these believers who succumb to
the pressure of antichristian tyranny, to be 'hurt' of the second death will
be to receive for the 'wrong' they have done, and to miss the reward.
The Import of The Expression 'Hurt' of The Second Death