“Do You Believe in Hell – Part 5 of 5?”

doyoubelieveinhell.jpg

We now move to our fifth and final installment of our study through the Biblical Doctrine of Hell. Therefore, we begin by asking this key question, how could a sporadic or even a somewhat regular attender of a professing evangelical church, end up, as a shocked inhabitant of Hell?

Well, Luke 13:22-30 tells us that there are two reasons for this sad certainty: [1] a Lack of Spiritual Urgency (vv.22-24) and [2] a Life of Spiritual Complacency (vv.25-27), which will result, no doubt, in [3] a Loss of Salvation Expectancy (or Heaven [vv.28-30]). Such religionists, while living upon God’s Earth and breathing God’s air, could be said to be both literally and spiritually, no more than a mile-wide and an inch-deep, in their professed faith. This being said, it’s not surprising that their opening question in Luke 13:23, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” reveals that they were issue-oriented and much more concerned about who would be saved, rather than with, whether or not, they themselves were right with God. So, initially (Luke 13:22-24), we see our Lord answers their question how it should have been asked, how can I be sure I am saved? And in response, our Lord shocks them with a stunning inquiry into whether or not they have true faith, a faith that works, by His calling them to, “strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” This means that the spiritually non-urgent life is a stranger to Biblical perseverance or spiritually-deliberate-striving to enter Heaven (Philippians 2:12-13). Instead, it prefers such programs as “The Four Spiritual Laws,” or “The Twelve-Easy-Steps to Peace”; but, Jesus gives them just “the one-word answer” program, “Strive!” Secondly (see Luke 13:25-27), our Lord exposes this shocked professor of faith as being nothing more than a spiritually-complacent-religionist. Dear friends, familiarity with Jesus, has never, nor ever shall it ensure, a safe passage to heaven; but, it will assuredly pave a very clear way to eternal punishment in Hell (Matthew 7:13-14). Thus, Christ warns all men and women from these verses that the present churchgoer should beware of the real possibility of self-deception (Matthew 7:21-23) by cultivating a true heart of personal self-distrust (Jeremiah 17:9)! Remember what our Lord said in John 8:31-32, “… to the Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” O dear friend, does the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God (Romans 8:16)? or are you seduced, but not saved, by the sound of Scripture (Ezekiel 33:30-33)? Our Lord is saying that if you are void of the Holy Spirit’s witness when you die, you shall be shut out of Heaven! O dear reader, such people should not expect to wake up in Heaven, but in the everlasting flames of Hell! The natural result of their spiritually non-urgent and fully-complacent lives, they lived, while upon their short stay on Earth. Indeed, such ones will experience a shocking loss of Salvation Expectancy, when they enter a Christ-less eternity (vv.28-30). O Hell is a real place, and its full of very religious people, who are arriving there every nanosecond. Does your life give evidence that you have a new heart? Has the Holy Spirit bore witness that you are a child of God? John Blanchard said, “Hell is a factual, fearful, final, and fair place for those who refuse to embrace Jesus Christ as both their Lord and Savior.”  Dear reader, this kind of priority thinking and living about this sobering doctrine, begins with our heart preparation today, to encounter the living God tomorrow morning; in both our public Worship, through the praises and prayers of His people; and through the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Do you like this post?