Imposed Penalty or Natural Consequence? – Part 12

In Penalty-Consequence

The last point on this subject will be “the end of sin and sinners”. Our question is this: Does God end the great controversy by terminating the lives of his rebellious children, or in this event do we have further confirmation that “sin pays the wage – death?”

The last article on God’s wrath (part 11) ties in very much to this topic since Jesus’ death revealed the natural consequences of separation from God (the essence of what God’s wrath is).

But yet, the end of the Bible also describes fire and a lake of fire that is involved in the death of the wicked. To understand what is going on here, I think that it is vitally important that we always read the Bible as a whole and never base our understanding of such an important subject as “fire” on one verse only (or even on one book only!). Rather, we should ask what the entire Bible has to say about the subject of fire. What does it mean that “Our God is a consuming fire”? What did Jesus mean when he said, “I have come to set fire to the earth! And how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)?

Checking out the resources entitled, “Our God is…” It has a lot of material that has been helpful to me as well as my article, “Our God is a Consuming Fire.”