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needs of their own horrible traditions. The very ones who emphasize the eternal
punishment of Matt. 25: are among the first to condemn a gospel of works, and yet such
are the terms for obtaining eternal life in the self-same chapter. Are not such guilty of
We have not finished with this passage, however; let us thrash the matter out. What is
this word "punishment"? Does the word mean "torment," "torture," "suffering"? Yes,
say some, all this and more. The word translated "punishment" is kolasis, defined as
"restraint" in Dr. Young's Analytical Concordance, and means literally "cutting off," as
in the pruning of a tree. This meaning of the word is further emphasized by a parallel
passage of the Old Testament (Psalm 37: 22):--
Matt. 25: 34, 41, 46.
Psalm 37: 22.
"Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit
"Such as be blessed of Him
shall inherit the earth;
Depart from Me, ye cursed. . . . into
and they that be cursed of Him
everlasting punishment" (cutting off).
shall be cut off."
There are not a few who tell us that the passage should read everlasting punishing." Let
us apply the rule which guides them, to such a passage as Heb. 9: 12, "Having obtained
eternal redemption." This should read, if the above is true, "everlasting redeeming." The
work of redemption according to this is never finished; all through eternity we are being
redeemed, a doctrine flatly contradicted by both the Scriptures, and by the very same
preachers who, to suit their purpose, read "punishing" for "punishment" in Matt. 25:
The punishment here spoken of, both in Psalm 37: and Matthew 25:, is to be
"eternally cut off." To deprive of life and all that conscious existence means is the
highest form of punishment that this world knows, and it is called "capital punishment."
It is the punishment prescribed by God to Noah (Gen. 9:), a reflection of the judgment
reserved by God Himself for the finally impenitent. How many there are who turn to
Rev. 20: 10 as a proof text for eternal torment:--
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where
the beast and the false prophet are, and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and
First let us notice who they are that are tormented. Three persons:
THE DEVIL. . . . THE BEAST. . . . AND THE FALSE PROPHET.
That these three are supernatural beings is not difficult to prove (cf. Rev. 16: 13 and 17:
8), yet punishment of these three awful beings is indiscriminately meted out to all of
every race and age among the unsaved. But a further consideration is necessary, the
words are "unto the ages of the ages" (rendered "for ever and ever"). "Unto" does not
mean "throughout"; these are punished "unto" the dawning of the "ages of the ages," but
not "throughout" those ages. We also have an indication, that the period covered by this
judgment shall come to an end, by the added words "day and night." Day and night mark
the dispensations that lead through from Gen. 1: to Rev. 21:, but there comes a time when