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What is the basic doctrine of "eternal judgments" mentioned in Hebrews 6:2?

Hebrews 6:2 (NKJ) states:
Of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
(Heb. 6:2)
The word eternal means constant or forever. The Bible refers to the final judgment that God will declare on individuals. This judgment will determine our state for eternity.

It's important to realize that all judgment comes through Jesus, the Son of God. "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22 NKJ).

Our decision regarding Jesus determines our eternal judgment. If we accept Jesus as our Lord, we will spend eternity with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If we reject Jesus, as our personal Savior, we will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Notice how unbelievers will be eternally judged:
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

And any one not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
(Rev. 20:12,15 NKJ)
If people do all kinds of good works, but fail to accept Jesus as their personal Savior, they will be judged to spend eternity in the lake of fire which is commonly known as hell.

Jesus will also judge Christians for their works while living on the earth (Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10). This judgment shall determine their placement in the Kingdom of God forever.

The life we are living now will actually determine our eternal state; this is the meaning of eternal judgment.

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Joseph Cameneti
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Joe Cameneti Sr. is the lead pastor of Believers Church, located in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Pastor Joe, along with his wife Gina, pioneered Believers Church in 1983 following his graduation from Bible School. In addition to leading a thriving local church, Pastor Joe is the host of a weekly show called "BCTV." The program is aired locally, reaching over 30,000 people each month. Pastor Joe is a gifted communicator, skilled in the art of building bridges to unchurched America. Transparent and authentic, you'll walk away challenged and encouraged to connect with God in a deeper way.

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