The Last Things

Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

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Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 12.1 × 1.1 cm
Binding

Paperback

format

Book

page-count

168

isbn

9781848717015

Banner Pub Date

Jan 1, 1989

Book Description

Concern for the present life has over-powered that for the life to come’. So writes Paul Helm in the Introduction to this timely study of the four ‘last things’: death, judgment, heaven and hell. His purpose is ‘not to speculate, or sentimentalise, but to state as sharply and starkly as possible the plain facts of the matter as Scripture portrays them’.

Paul Helm writes with careful thought and serious purpose, but also with the humility and sensitivity of a Christian convinced that we must follow God’s word wherever it leads, and no further.

The Last Things not only clarifies our view of the future-it also provides a fresher, clearer perspective on the present life.

The Last Things completes Paul Helm’s trilogy on the Christian life, which includes The Beginnings and The Callings, also published by the Trust.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Introduction ix
I RESPONSIBILITY TO GOD 1
Limits 4
Scripture and Responsibility 6
Alarm and Comfort 10
God’s gift of Time 14
Regaining the Balance 18
II DEATH AND DYING 21
The Inevitability of Death 23
The Day of one’s Death 26
The Finality of Death 30
Dying and the Test of Faith 33
Death and Bodily Resurrection 38
Should a Believer want to Die? 42
Summing Up 43
III JUDGMENT 45
The Fact of Judgment 47
The Just God 50
Judgment according to Truth 56
The Standard of Judgment 60
Salvation by Works? 68
IV HEAVEN 73
Continuity and Change 74
Heaven as Redemptive, Fixed and Final 78
Heaven as Rest, but also as Activity 83
Critiques of Heaven 86
Heaven as Vision and Reward 94
V HELL 99
Opposing Hell 101
Hell and Annihilation 108
Differences in Hell? 111
The Preaching of Hell 117
VI GLORY BEGUN BELOW 121
I Corinthians 15 123
Romans 8 127
II Corinthians 4-5 131
Some Conclusions 133
General Index 139
Index of Scripture References 143

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