Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt – Eternal Punishment?
Right here we come to the most difficult part of the gospel to accept: that those who do not believe it are eternally lost – no matter what good works they do.
The reasons for that fact are grounded in both God’s love and His justice. God’s justice requires that the infinite penalty for sin must be paid. For us to pay would separate us from God forever, so He became a man through the virgin birth to pay the penalty for us. No one can complain against God. He has proved His love by doing all He could for our salvation. He has Himself paid the penalty and on that basis can be both “just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans:3:26).
Christ pleaded in the Garden, “if it be possible [that is, if there is any other way mankind can be saved], let this cup pass from me” (Matthew:26:39). We know that there is no other way, or God would not have required His beloved Son to bear the full brunt of His wrath against sin. That men nailed Christ to the cross is not the basis of our salvation. That heinous act, perpetrated by men, would only add to our condemnation.