Hell and Eternal Punishment – Part 1
Jesus taught that hell is a reality that ought to affect our present lives profoundly.
The Wrath of God
Charles Leiter begins by explaining that, though God is not illogical, He is incomprehensible, and that His wrath is the same way; we may not fully understand it, but God's wrath is real.
The Church that Provoked the Lord’s Jealousy
Revelation 2:4 - But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
What Isaiah Saw at Calvary (Isa 53)
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. :4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. :11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Repent or be More Damned than Sodom
65 Minute Video Sermon on Matthew 11:20-24 | Tim talks about how people who have been exposed to the gospel and reject it will be more damned in hell than those from Sodom. Matthew 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Mat 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you."
Hell is Necessary
Four points: 1. The Security of the World (The lost don't think they are going to hell) 2. The Severity of Hell (How it is described) 3. The Suitability of Hell (The lost deserve to go there) 4. The Sanctity (Holiness) of Hell (Not that hell sanctifies, but hell reveals God's absolute holiness) Tim Conway is pastor of Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX: www.gccsatx.com