Will There Be Degrees of Reward and Punishment?
According to God’s word, there will be degrees of rewards for some of the righteous in heaven and there will also be harsher degrees of punishment for the wicked in hell. God is a just God and knows exactly what He is doing - even though we may not fully comprehend or understand it (Genesis 18:25). He knows what it is in every heart (Hebrews 4:13). God will not be mocked or fooled by anyone (Galatians 6:8,9). Those who are wicked will spend eternity in hell because they deserve to go there (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14,15). Those who are righteous will spend eternity with God - not because they deserve it (by no means!), but because of the Lord's grace and kindness and their faithful obedience to His will (Titus 2:11-15; Revelation 14:13).
Some passages that teach the biblical doctrine of “degrees”: Matthew 10:41; 11:20-24; 25:14-30; Luke 12:47,48; 19:11-19; 2 Peter 2:20-22
Those who believe in the “annihilation” doctrine (the false idea that the wicked will be consumed by fire and thus go into extinction in hell) are proven false by such divine comparatives as “be more tolerable” for some than for others in Matthew 11:20-24; “be worse off” than others in 2 Peter 2:20-22and “more stripes” for the servant who knew better than for those who did not have enough knowledge (Luke 12:47,48)? The annihilation doctrine is a false doctrine that brings about a false hope for the wicked and anyone who dares to teach it in this life.
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