What will happen to the ungodly after death? Are they punished? Indeed, what will happen to evil men like Adolph Hitler? Do they have a hope in Hell? Will they have to pay for their crimes?
The day of judgement – the ungodly are punished
This verse clearly shows that the unrepentant wicked will certainly be punished on the day of judgement. Consequently, Adolph Hitler will not escape his crimes! However what is the nature of this punishment? Is it vindictive or restorative and in the interest of the sinner? What is interesting, is that greek word for punished ‘kolazo’ used here is very specific:
Kolazo (G8249 Strongs)
1. to lop or prune, as trees and wings
2. to curb, check, restrain
3. to chastise, correct, punishment
4. to cause to be punished
Therefore, according to this verse, unrepentant sinners are pruned, corrected and chastised; repentant believers are delivered out of all trials!
Discipline and chastising therefore, are only necessary for those who refuse to be trained!
Romans 2:5 “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous” judgment of God;
Kolaso (G8251 Strongs)
A derivative of the word ‘kolaso’ is also used in the following scripture – often quoted by those who advocate eternal conscious torment!
Matthew 25: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: G2851but the righteous into life eternal.” KJV
“And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.’ YLT
Again therefore, the punishment is pruning and discipline for the good of the sinner and his or her ultimate repentance. Additionally, as YLT makes clear, the word for everlasting doesn’t mean for ever: it means for an age – a period of time.
Additionally, another scripture where again the same greek word kolaso is used is:
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. G2851 He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
Imagine, an unrepentant sinner comes into the presence of Jesus Christ the judge, the God who is described as a consuming fire and yet perfect love! It would like an ice-cube meeting a blow torch!
Indeed, Saul of Tarsus experienced something like this when he encountered the risen Christ on the Damascus road! It took him three days to recover! Some pretty extensive soul-searching repentance took place – I imagine!
Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Yes, it is if you don’t know the love of God!
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