Perdition, or lostness

Here’s what I wrote for our church bulletin, tomorrow’s edition, on the subject of perdition or lostness.

It was for a space filler, but turned out not too badly, though one could easily do a better job, with a bit more time.

Note: “perdition” seems to be a strange noun for the adjective “lost,” but with the Portuguese word “perdição” from the Latin root, it feels comfortable to me. Anyway, here goes my translation. —

To be lost. So the NT describes the condition of the one far from God, separated from him, condemned because of sin. This is the human condition of us all, we who have arrived at the consciousness of right and wrong.

The NT term, apollumi, is used in literature of the time to speak of lost money, whether in bad business dealings or by robbery. One writer speaks of losing two pigs from the rigors of travel. Water is lost by pouring it out on the ground.

Matters not that people are atheists or religious, perdition is everyone’s state. We can leave it only when, by faith, we obey the gospel.

Perdition is the destiny of the spacious way (Matthew 7:13). It means one does what one wants and goes where one desires, but the end is distance from God. The prodigal son was lost because he was far from home (Luke 15:24).

Jesus “came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Salvation is the opposite of perdition (Philippians 1:28). Only when we follow Jesus as Lord and Master do we change our condition from perdition to salvation.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?