willieH: Hi Jerm!
I'm kind of confused by some of the interpretations of this passage. I have read many cite this verse in defense of UR because Jesus states that "You will not come out of there until you pay the last cent" with "there" being defined as hell. However, the context seems to be referring to an earthly prison (the verse before deals with legal issues.) Is there something I'm missing here?
*Quick sidenote: This isn't an argument against UR. I believe in UR, but I'm not so sure that this verse in particular backs it up.
I do not believe this (Matt 5:26)
is talking about anything that takes place AFTER
is the JUDGMENT
, ...OF THIS WORLD
... (John 12:31)
We live in NOW... and IN NOW
, is found JUDGMENT (John 12:31)
SALVATION (2 Cor 6:2)
...Rev 20:12 ...And I saw the DEAD, small and great stand before GOD
[we do this in THIS LIFE] and the BOOKS were opened
[our LIVES are the BOOKS], and another BOOK was opened which IS of LIFE --
[the LIFE of CHRIST
], and the DEAD were judged out of those things which were written in the BOOKS
[our lives, as lived], according to their works...
ALL the above takes place NOW... as each one of us "stands" before GOD, and are living our lives BEFORE Him... and are actively placing upon the ONLY FOUNDATION... the works of our lives... (1 Cor 3:11-15)
Those "works" will survive the CONSUMING FIRE of THIS LIFE, or they will NOT... but each one of us will be SAVED by the FIRE
of this LIFE which is CHRIST
We are IN the LAKE of FIRE, ...NOW! DEATH and the GRAVE are present with each of us, as is CHRIST
We are suffering in this present life brother (which is an "IMPRISONMENT" in TIME)... and those sufferings [fire] we bear, are due to the EVIL in which we are immersed...
This Scripture is talking about PAYMENT... and as I see it... ONLY ONE could [completely] "PAY" for SIN, for VIA PAYMENT is found REDEMPTION ...and He
did JUST THAT... (John 1:29 / John 19:30)
How can YOU or I, "PAY" for our
No matter how much "slapping on the butt" we get... or "frying in the pan"... it would not measure up to the REQUIREMENTS of PERFECT PAYMENT...
SIN had to be RECONCILED by Human PERFECTION... which is ONLY found in ONE -- JESUS CHRIST!