Understanding Eternal Judgment: Part IV

This is the last part of the series on understanding eternal judgment. On the 3rd part of this series we looked at the 3 times of Judgement, 3 locations of judgment and the 2 divisions of people who shall appear before eternal judgment. 

This 4th part is the shortest of all and focus to explain the final destiny of the righteous and the wicked. For a better understanding of the same, we have a good number of Bible references; the beautiful thing is
I've simply presented the scriptures here, but it's always better to go to your Bible
for broader reading to get the full context.  

The Destiny of the Righteous
The righteous are destined to eternal life in the presence of God. The presence of God is called Heaven. In the Bible it's described by several names:

1. The Father's House
Jesus describes it as His Father's house, a place of home, rest and fellowship:

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 

2. A Heavenly Country
The Bible compares heaven to a country to which we are traveling just as Israel traveled to the promised land.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16 
3. A City
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven...Revelation 21:2 
The Bible reveals wonderful things about heaven. It's a place of:
1. Holiness 
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 21:27 
2. Joy
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4 
3. Beauty
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. Revelation 21:18 
4. Service
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. Revelation 7:15 
5. Reigning with Jesus
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Revelation 3:21 
6. Worship
the Bible records that those in heaven... fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 5:14
7. Filled with Light and Glare
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:23 
8. A new perspective 
Being in heaven will give us a new perspective of everything:
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:17 
9. The Dwelling Place of God
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3 

Eternal Destiny of the Unrighteous
Hell is the eternal destiny of the wicked. Hell is a place of:
1. Extreme suffering
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10 
2. Memory and Remorse
As the deeds of the righteous shall follow them, so shall the deeds of the wicked follow them, and this shall be served to them in great measure; that's why its not a place for suffering but torment.
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom...But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good
things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art
Luke 16:23, 25
3. Unsatisfied desire
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:24 
4. Great contempt
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2 
5. Wicked Companionship
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 
6. Hopelessness 
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. Proverbs 11:7 
7. Eternal Punishment
Hell was originally prepared for Satan and his angels. Because of sin, man is also destined for eternal hell unless he is redeemed by Jesus Christ.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Matthew 25:41 
Punishment for the wicked is eternal. The same word that is used for eternal life in the Bible (John 3:15) and the eternal God (1 timothy 1:17) is used to describe eternal judgment (Hebrews 6:2). If one of these is temporary, then the other two would have to be temporary.

There is no way to escape the conclusion that if God is everlasting and eternal life is everlasting, then so is punishment in Hell. God does not send people to hell. Man chooses to go there by rejecting Jesus Christ and living a sinful life. God has provided a way of escape from eternal punishment through the plan of salvation. He is not willing that any should perish.
How should the doctrine of eternal judgment affect our lives as believers? When writing on the subject of future judgment, the Apostle Peter answered this question:

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness...? Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:11,14
Understanding of eternal judgment should result in spiritual maturity in the life of the believer. In the coming series, we shall study the subject of Christian maturity which Paul calls "going into perfection."

Where are you preparing to spend your eternity? Chose Jesus Christ. Choose salvation.
Much blessings as you even purpose to maintain a holly, mature Christian life. Feel free to leave your comment on the this fundamental topic on the comment box bellow, and please share to spread this word.