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FAMILY RADIO NEWS VOLUME 43 NUMBER 4 OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2008 God Will Save Me

FAMILY RADIO NEWS VOLUME 43 NUMBER 4 OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2008
I Hope God will Save Me Part 4
I Hope God will Save Me Part 4
I Hope God will Save Me Part 4
I Hope God will Save Me Part 4
I Hope God Will Save Me Part 4
Harold Camping

"at this time in history, in the World today, there is a great multitude of people who will never have to pay for their sins but who are still living in sin"

A Great Multitude of Yet Unsaved People Whom God Cannot Destroy

Today, throughout the world, there is a great multitude of people who are not saved, and yet, God cannot punish them for their sins.
How can that be?

It is because these individuals have been elected by God to become saved. Therefore, long before they were born, all the dirty ugly sins that these elect individuals would commit throughout their life-time on earth were laid upon the Lord Jesus. Jesus, as their substitute, as their stand-in, stood in their place before the judgment throne of God at the time of the cross. And because of these sins, Jesus had become guilty before the righteous law of God.

Now, Jesus is the great "I AM,” God Himself, who has no beginning, and the Bible tells us in Revelation 13:8, that He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” And it is only because Jesus was infinite and everlasting God as well as man that God could so intensify His punishment on the Lord Jesus, which He did from the time that Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemane on Thursday evening until shortly before sundown on Friday, when Jesus cried “It is finished,” that the awful penalty was fully paid during that time.

Thus, the individuals for whom He had endured the wrath of God as payment for their sins were now justified. That is, for each one of them, regardless of the grievousness of their sins, the wrath of God, which is demanded by the law as penalty for these sins, had been fully satisfied. These individuals were made just.

Therefore, as each one of these people were born into this world, it was guaranteed that they would never be punished for their sins. Instead, at some point in their life, it was guaranteed that God would apply the Word of God, the Bible, to their life, and they would receive a brand new resurrected soul. This could happen at any time that God chose to make it happen. It could occur while they were still in the womb of their mother or a few minutes before they died. It could occur if they were severely mentally handicapped or if they had a brilliant adult mind. These individuals had been justified long before they were born.

But nobody except God Himself knows who they are. Only after they receive their new resurrected soul, that is, after they have become saved, will they begin to understand that God had saved them. But the fact is that they were justified from the beginning of time because Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

However, when they have become saved, they will know that they had become saved only because God in His sovereign grace had elected them and paid for their sins. And salvation became a reality in their life at the moment God saved them by giving them eternal life and a new resurrected soul.

Thus, at this time in history, in the world today, there is a great multitude of people who will never have to pay for their sins but who are still living in sin, as the rest of the world is living in sin.
All Mankind By Nature Are Spiritually Dead
We must be aware that unsaved mankind, whether chosen by God to become saved or not chosen to become saved, is spiritually dead. Both in body and soul they are thoroughly infected by sin. That is why we read in Matthew15:19:

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

God describes those whom he planned to save, as to how they lived before they were saved, in Ephesians 2:3, where we read:

Among whom also we all had our Conversation [conduct or behavior] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fiihilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

According to God's righteous law, the penalty for sin must be paid, and the payment demanded by
God's law is destruction.


We must always remember that according to God’s righteous law, the penalty for sin must be paid, and the payment demanded by God's law is destruction. Only after that payment has been satisfied can God give life, eternal life, to the sinner. And because the payment required for sin is destruction, unsaved man will be eternally destroyed and annihilated, and never live again. God describes this total destruction and annihilation in Revelation 20:14-15, where He says:

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Once a person is cast into the lake of fire, he is annihilated, destroyed forevermore. There is no possibility that he will ever exist again. This is the essence of the “second death”.

However, long before he was born, Christ paid for the sins of all the elect, and thus, that person has become judicially justified (that is, legally, he is no longer guilty of sin). But before God actually applies the Word of God to him and gives him a new resurrected soul, he lives under the wrath of God. That is, he still carries the infection of sin, and he is still altogether spiritually dead. He is still like a stinking corpse (John 11:59) and a valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37: 1-2). There is no possibility that he could change the spiritually dead condition of his whole personality any more than a physically dead person can somehow become physically alive.
In our next study we will see that God alone can give life — spiritual life — and that we must be given a new soul.


This article is take from the study, I Hope God Will Save Me. If you would like to receive a free copy of the booklet, please write to us, using the enclosed envelope at the center of this publication; or call toll—free: 1-800-543-1495.




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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.

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