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Discover the Book - July 7, 2013

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The Apostles Add Their Warnings of Hell

"Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences."

-2 Corinthians 5:11a, emphasis added

Now that we have seen what Jesus spoke about hell, let us finish up this subject with what Paul, Peter, Jude, John, and the writer of Hebrews had to say on this subject. (Emphasis added to the verses.)

Paul wrote: "tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil." (Romans 2:9). In 2 Thessalonians 1:9 he said, "These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power." The writer of Hebrews warned, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31). And Peter had this to say: "God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment." (2 Peter 2:4).

In Jude we learn that "the angels who did not keep their proper domain, . . . He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day." The apostates will be "suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." They are like "wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever." (See Jude 6-13 for a complete description of this judgment.)

In Revelation 14:11 we are told: "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."

Now look at Revelation 19:20: "Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone."

Finally, in Revelation 20:10-15, we see: "The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. . . . Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."

What happens when we receive the Word of God? Why did the rich man of Luke 16 go to hell? What happened to him? He refused to let the Word of God change him; it never pierced his heart. When God's Word is received by faith, our life begins to change: self-centeredness begins to die; self-indulgence begins to be disciplined away; self-sacrifice begins to be pursued; and compassion, kindness, caring, and love take root and grow.

Make a Choice to Live in Hope: This has been a hard week's reading, hasn't it? Although it is painful to have your eyes opened to the realities of the horrors of hell, it is absolutely essential that you not be "in the dark" regarding the Truth about this doctrine.

What is the most important point that I want to drive home in this week's devotionals? This amazing Truth-Jesus Christ died for sinners. All who receive Him are forgiven of their sins-past, present, and future. All who are forgiven receive eternal life!

Have you received Jesus Christ? Do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your sins have been removed? If they have not been, I exhort you, with all that is within me, to delay no longer! No one knows how long they will live, and you could be ushered into eternity at any moment. Oh, dear reader, make a choice to live in hope. Choose to bow your knee to Jesus Christ, who loves you and gave Himself for you!

If you know the Lord Jesus, quietly rejoice in your heart that you have been born again, and then glorify the Lord by worshipfully and gratefully singing this song to Him.

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Tho the darkness hide Thee,
Tho the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy-there is none beside Thee
Perfect in pow'r, in love and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

-Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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