Judgement and Hell

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
— Matthew 25:41

My Bible time took me to Matthew 24 and 25 and I’ve chosen verse 41 as a text.  It never fails that when I preach on hell or judgment, the question always comes up: If God is so loving, then why would He send people to hell?  I do not mind people asking that question if they will listen while I answer it.  It’s because He is a God of love and justice. Hell was created for the devil and his angels. Do you think the devil deserves to go to hell? If you say no, then I might as well stop here!  But I’ll keep going just in case someone really wants to know the truth. 

The truth is if a person ends up in hell, it is because they have rejected the offer of God’s grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ that required the death of the Son of God on the cross. Not once but they rejected it again and again, over and over. It is not that God sends people to hell as much as they go there voluntarily.

People receive what they chose, either to be with God forever, worshiping Him, or without God forever, worshiping themselves in a place of torment.

I’ve heard it said that there are only two kinds of people in the end, those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, Thy will be done. All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no hell.

Heaven and hell do exist. And in that final day, if you are a believer, God will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord" (see Matthew 25:21, 23).

But if you are not a believer, God will say, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23).

Everyone will meet Jesus Christ one day. “It is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgement.” No one will miss that appointment, it is unavoidable. And if you don't meet Him as Savior, then you ultimately will meet Him as Judge.

Four precious souls were saved in a mini sermon last week where I gave a gospel invitation. I am going to do that again this morning.  If you die and are unsaved, you will spend eternity in a place called hell.  I get no joy in telling people that.  But I rejoice when telling you that if you ask Jesus to save you He will.

Here is God’s simple plan of salvation and how to get saved.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“And at it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

“He (God) had made Him [Jesus, who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“God . . . but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

Just pray and believe: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.” 

If you prayed that prayer inbox me and let me know.  The Bible says you will not be ashamed!  Tell someone you got saved.  God Bless!