He will go on sinning and suffering forever!
(Jared Waterbury, 1840)
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to the flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption; but the one who sows to the Spirit, will from the Spirit reap eternal life." Galatians 6:7-8
"He who is unjust—let him be unjust still;
he who is filthy—let him be filthy still.
He who is righteous—let him be righteous still;
he who is holy—let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11
How solemn is the thought that at death not only will the soul meet its final destiny—but that destiny will be irreversible. Then we must appear before our holy and righteous Judge without disguise. He who has "sowed to the flesh"—will then reap his dread reward of eternal condemnation. The one who sows to the Spirit, will reap eternal life.
The holy will exult in the approach of their inflexibly holy Judge.
The wicked, trembling with horror, will "call upon the rocks and the mountains to fall upon them!"
Yes, the true believer will rejoice that his full redemption from sin is drawing near. Weak as may have been the principle of holiness within him—he is sure that when his Savior comes, it will be both increased and perpetuated. All will then be purity. No clouds will come between him and his adorable Redeemer.
What child of God can look at the happiness and holiness of Heaven, and not long to experience them? What but sin embitters his life, and makes his pilgrimage a weary way? Should he not then rejoice when this hateful and polluting thing shall be gone forever?
But while the godly man has reason to rejoice—the wicked may well be alarmed. O, what an appalling prospect! Filthy, and still more filthy, through eternity! His eternity must not only be wretched—but increasingly wretched. He will go on sinning and suffering forever! In Hell there will be no change but from bad to worse, and from suffering to still deeper anguish.
"They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues—but they refused to repent and glorify Him." Revelation 16:9