Eschatology

 

 

17. Will the wicked receive the same condemnation when they are judged on that day?

 

 

According to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the wicked on that day are judged according to their works, they will not receive the same condemnation. Here are the words of Jesus from which we infer this: “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11:21-24). As you can see, the fact that in the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for Capernaum, means that the guilt of the inhabitants of Capernaum will be considered more serious than the guilt of the inhabitants of Sodom. The reason is this: because the inhabitants of Capernaum saw among them the mighty works done by the Son of God and did not repent, while the inhabitants of Sodom would have repented if they had seen the same powerful works.

Jesus confirmed that the condemnation that on that day will be received by some will be greater when He said: “Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation” (Mark 12:38-40).

 

 

 

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