Finally, he quotes Isaiah 66:24 and says, “Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48). Jesus warned that an unforgiving heart will destroy you in the end (Matthew 6:15; 18:35). There will be no escape. So forgiveness doesn’t mean that we are okay with crimes going unpunished. Because they were filled with rage, they were no longer thinking rationally. They are made miserable forever. Mormon’s son, Moroni, later elaborated on that same Biblical passage: The same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord. In 1831, Joseph Smith received a revelation in which the Lord taught members of the Church about forgiveness. Insights from my daily study of the Book of Mormon. When he repays with vengeance, we know there has been sin — there is something to repay. And again, The Lord shall judge his people." You don’t have to carry anger and bitterness and resentment and revenge. New King James Version For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Jesus did not intend to speak this way in vain. Romans 12:19, CSB: "Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God's wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord." Now is the day of God’s patience. Therefore, I consider it a gentle understatement to say, “The final wrath of God will be terrible — indescribable pain.” And putting the first and second truths together: This terrible, indescribably painful wrath will last forever. Destruction does not mean obliteration or annihilation, any more than the destruction of the enemy army means the defeated soldiers do not exist anymore. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. And then we see from the word “repay” and “vengeance” that God’s wrath is his response to sin. Do people use symbols of horror because the reality is less horrible or more horrible than the symbols? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. God’s anger is never out of the control of his wisdom and righteousness, and his wrath is never cool or indifferent, but is always a wisely directed fury. vengeance is mine I will repay, Deut 18:15-19. What Is the Meaning of the Phrase “Vengeance Is Mine?”, The Savior’s Visit to the American Continent, Lessons from the Writings of Mormon – Part 1, Lessons from the Writings of Mormon – Part 2, Lessons from the Teachings of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. It is mine to avenge; I will repay. As the all-knowing and all-powerful Governor of the universe, God is uniquely capable of administering punishment. Some of them are parallel so that you can hardly distinguish them. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Vengeance is mine - That is, it belongs to me to inflict revenge. Context Summary. Reason 1: Vengeance is Mine I Will Repay For the Crucifixion of Christ. I used the symbol of the most valuable jewel I could think of because my wife is far more precious than jewels. It simply means that we are humble and respectful enough to recognize that we may not be the appropriate person to administer the punishment. So the first thing we must say about the wrath of God at the end of the age that comes upon those who do not embrace Christ as Savior and Lord is that it is eternal — it will never end. He is author of. The nineteenth-century novel explores not only the pitfalls of falling prey to a seducer, but also shows what happens when one sees vengeance as the answer to unhappiness and injustice. By no means! Therefore, an infinite punishment is deserved. He said that there is sin for which there will never be forgiveness. Listen with trembling wonder and gratitude and faith to this precious statement from Galatians 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’”. Instead, he saw them behave savagely: Because of this great thing which my people, the Nephites, had done, they began to boast in their own strength, and began to swear before the heavens that they would avenge themselves of the blood of their brethren who had been slain by their enemies. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Lord said: Ye ought to say in your hearts—let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds (Doctrine and Covenants 64:11). In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:51). It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. In verse 41 he says, “Then [the king] will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” And to make crystal clear that eternal means everlasting he says again in verse 46, “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” So the punishment is eternal in the same way that life is eternal. The word “fire” is used not to make the easy sound terrible, but to make the exceedingly terrible sound something like what it really is. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. This is the second death, the lake of fire.” Revelation 2:11 says that those who conquer — that is, believers in Jesus — “will not be hurt by the second death,” implying that those who do not believe will be.