Correspondence: In Eternity; Isa. 65:20; Eph. 4:26; Pleasing Christ; Gen. 9:6

Isaiah 65:20  •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 8
Question: Kindly say what kind of life the unbeliever will have throughout eternity, and what body he will have.
Answer: We do not know anything more than that he will have a perpetuity of existence in unutterable misery, and that the body will be immortal. Eternal life properly speaking, belongs to the Christian alone, and means much more than existing forever, which latter is equally true of the unbeliever. Only those who are in Christ have eternal life; the others, although existing forever, shall not have this eternal life. (John 3:3636He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)).
Answer: It means that in the Millennium, man’s life will no longer be cut down to three score years and ten, but that it will be so prolonged (through all Christ’s glorious reign) that if one die at one hundred years old he is accounted an infant; if through sin he is cut off at that early age, it is a curse from God. What a vista of glory such a thought opens up to us.
Answer: Do not treasure up malice. Do not nurse your wrath, and beware in your anger not to sin, for although you may be righteously angry, it is so easy to become vindictive and revengeful.
Question: What can one who has recently been converted do to please Christ at school?
Answer: Everything. The Lord Jesus does not so much call you to do something new and special, but to do all the old things from a new motive—all that you did before to please yourself or your instructors, now do to please Him. You may also be able to do some little service for Him, such as speaking a word to any that do not know your Lord and Saviour, or writing about Him to your brothers or sisters or friends. This is only occasional, for you cannot be always speaking or writing, but you can always be manifesting Christ. In all your actions try to show what Christ is, not what you are. Display His meekness, not your pride; His patience, not your impatience; His love, not your selfishness—that thus
Question: Will you kindly explain Genesis 9:66Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (Genesis 9:6): “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man”?
Answer: After the flood the government of the earth was put in the hands of men. Noah was the first governor; the executive power was put into his hands, and ever since, in every country, there have been “powers that be.... ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1-71Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1‑7); 1 Peter 2:13, 1413Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (1 Peter 2:13‑14)).
The Christian is not a citizen of this world. He should not make the laws nor interfere with them, but be subject to them as ordained of God, except where they would come between his conscience and God, being contrary to the Word of God, having to obey God rather than men (Acts 4:19; 5:2919But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. (Acts 4:19)
29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)
Verses 5 and 6 require that a beast or a man that kills a man shall be killed by man.
Capital punishment was thus instituted by God and has not been repealed. It is for Jew, Gentile and Christian alike to be subject, but the Christian, being heavenly, should not interfere with the laws of the land in which he lives.