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Edward C., Wiliams
L UNIV. OF

THE WORLD TO COME.

BIBLE TEACHINGS

CONCERNING ITS

REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS.

BY A LAYMAN.

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord."--Rom. 6:23.

OAKLAND, CAL.:

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.

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ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN THE YEAR 1884, BY E. C. WILLIAMS.

IN THE OFFICE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS, AT WASHINGTON, D. C.

PREFACE.

HE writer of this little book asks only for

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but through faithful, loving service to their Lord, to make that life fuller and richer in bliss through the rewards meted out by him for such service. (See Matt. 10: 42.) And last and greatest, to claim for Jesus Christ that which the religious teachings of the age, if not formally, impliedly deny to him, but which he emphatically asserts to be his sole prerogative, the power to confer immortality upon men. John 5: 24, 29 and 10: 28. If there is truth in these pages, that God will use it for his glory; if error, that he will overrule it to the same end, is the earnest prayer of the AUTHOR.

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PREFACE.

HE writer of this little book asks only for a prayerful, unprejudiced investigation of its subject matter from the Bible standpoint, regardless of creeds, and systems, and teachings of men. It is unnecessary for him to say that he possesses no literary ability, for one will scarcely read this short preface without making that discovery.

His purpose in giving these pages to the public is threefold. First, to bring to the attention of the learned and influential of our religious teachers, the impressions which the language of the Bible, understood in the sense generally attached to it in ordinary use, makes upon a person of common intelligence, who, sincerely desiring to know the truth, seeks it at the Fountain Head, in humble dependence upon the promised guidance of the Holy Spirit. And for a second object, to strengthen the faith and comfort the hearts of believers in general, to stimulate them not only to secure a life without end, but through faithful, loving service to their Lord, to make that life fuller and richer in bliss through the rewards meted out by him for such service. (See Matt. 10: 42.) And last and greatest, to claim for Jesus Christ that which the religious teachings of the age, if not formally, impliedly deny to him, but which he emphatically asserts to be his sole prerogative, the power to confer immortality upon men. John 5: 24, 29 and 10: 28. If there is truth in these pages, that God will use it for his glory; if error, that he will overrule it to the same end, is the earnest prayer of the AUTHOR.

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