• Samuel at Gilgal

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Flames of HellAnd do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 ESV)

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 ESV)

Charles Spurgeon said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” The modern church doesn’t talk about Hell as much as it should. Perhaps this is why so many Christians today are not as passionate to share their faith with others. Are we really as concerned as we should be over our neighbors, family, and friends’ eternal future? Do we live as if we believe there is no Hell, and still think of ourselves as Christians?

The Scriptures absolutely teach that hell is a real place where there is eternal conscious punishment of the wicked (Matthew 25:30, 25:41, 25:46, Mark 9:43, 9:48, Luke 16:33-24, 16:28, Revelation 14:9-11, 20:10). In fact, Jesus has more to say about Hell than He does about Heaven in the New Testament.

We may discover a lot about Hell by reading Matthew 25:41–46. For instance, Hell is eternal separation from God and all His blessings. (Matthew 25:41) Hell was created for the Devil and his demons. It is a realm of suffering where the souls of men will be with the being who is most unlike God. It is a horrible place of chastisement and retribution. (Matthew 25:46) Hell is an everlasting place of endless punishment.

The existence of hell is a challenging part of Christian theology. Most people are disinclined to believe that hell exists. However, our reluctance to believe doesn’t make it any less real. We would rather adopt the cultural attitude that salvation is by death (Everyone goes to Heaven.)  Nevertheless, our resistance to believing that we, our family members, and friends are “bad enough” to be sent to Hell does not mean we and they won’t.

Hell is the consequence of unforgiven sin. God absolutely does send people to Hell. (Revelation 20:15; Mark 9:47; Matthew 13:42; 25:30) When Jesus spoke of Hell He described a “fiery furnace” (Matthew 13:42), and “weeping and gnashing teeth” (Luke 13:28), and “outer darkness” (Matthew 25:30), and “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:46), and “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43), and being “cut in pieces”. (Matthew 24:51)

It is proper that an infinitely holy God should be the infinite enemy of sin. God is glorified in His justice and God’s glory is the greatest good. His glory is the chief end of all that has been created. By His justice He is glorified and by His destruction of sinful men – God glorifies His justice. Therefore, since God is perfect His justice is perfect.

Let us thank God that there is “Good News”! Paul writes, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV) According to this passage of Scripture, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? The Bible asserts that all men are sinful. Romans 3:23 declares, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God”. Therefore, God must judge sinful man.

God is not only perfect holiness, but He is also perfect love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope: “       …he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:5-7 ESV)

This is “Good News”! It is because Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and was resurrected from the dead that we may receive Him by faith, obtain justification before God, gain forgiveness of our sins, and become a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV) We become God’s children (John 1:12 ESV) and because we believe and trust in Jesus, we are not condemned to the fires of Hell. (John 3:16-18 ESV) This is really “Good News”!

All praise to our God who reigns over Heaven and Earth!

Samuel at Gilgal


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