IS HELL REAL?
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
No one wants to think about hell or eternal suffering, it is not a topic at church, funerals, or seldom comes up in our daily conversations. To bring up the subject, or even worse, tell someone you think it is real, can cause tension, anger, and rejection. You will be labeled as narrow minded, religious, and void of love. That is quite strange in light of the One whose words I quoted in today’s verse. Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s love, He displayed His love for sinners by His death on the cross. He believed in eternal suffering in hell and took great measures to warn us about it. What determines the measure of our crimes against God and what kind of suffering does justice demand? Our punishment is correctly estimated by the value of the person we have sinned against and the great depths we have plummeted to in violating this great and holy God. Jonathan Edwards preached a message about the justice of God revealed by hell, listen to his words.
“But God is a being infinitely lovely, because he hath infinite excellency and beauty. To have infinite excellency and beauty, is the same thing as to have infinite loveliness. He is a being of infinite greatness, majesty, and glory; and therefore he is infinitely honorable. He is infinitely exalted above the greatest potentates of the earth, and highest angels in heaven; and therefore he is infinitely more honorable than they. His authority over us is infinite; and the ground of his right to our obedience is infinitely strong; for he is infinitely worthy to be obeyed himself, and we have an absolute, universal, and infinite dependence upon him.
So that sin against God, being a violation of infinite obligations, must be a crime infinitely heinous, and so deserving of infinite punishment.- Nothing is more agreeable to the common sense of mankind, than that sins committed against any one, must be proportionably heinous to the dignity of the being offended …”
The good news is that there is another way to satisfy the justice of God. Christ became man, represented us as a people, and took the wrath of God aimed at our sins by His death on the cross. God’s justice was satisfied and His mercy extended to all who will believe on Him. The decision is yours, accept His offer or spend eternity fulfilling the justice of sins against an infinitely, holy God.
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” Jn.3:36