The Intermediate State
What happens between death and the final resurrection, the so-called “intermediate state?” In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presents and explains several views on the intermediate state. Some propose that souls sleep until Jesus comes again, some argue that the dead reside in Abraham’s bosom or a place of suffering until the final judgment, while others argue that only those who have eternal life with God will even exist eternally, a view called conditional mortality. But what does the Bible say? The Doctor presents a biblical case for why both believers and unbelievers will live eternally, either with God or apart from Him forever in suffering. Many people are troubled by this thought— how could a loving God cause and allow people to suffer forever? “Surely,” they say, “those who die will have another chance to be saved after they die.” Lloyd-Jones answers these questions firmly but biblically, reminding the listener that we must not allow our idea of justice and love to influence how we look at and interpret Scripture. Our eternal destiny is decided by our choice to repent or rebel in this life.