Hell – Part 5 of 5: “Are you on the Path toward becoming a Shocked Inhabitant of Hell?”

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How could a sporadic or even a regular attendee of God’s house end up as a shocked inhabitant of Hell? Luke 13:22-30 tells us that there are two reasons: [1] A lack of spiritual urgency (vv.22-24) and [2] A life of spiritual complacency (vv.25-27), which always results in [3] A loss of spiritual expectancy (vv.28-30). 

In other words, religious people like those whom our Lord describes in Luke 13 (verses 22-30), possess a faith that is (at its spiritual best) ten miles wide and a half-inch deep. Their question in verse 23, “Lord, are there just ‘a few’ who are to be saved?” reveals that they are numbers-oriented; they are more concerned with ‘how many’ would be saved than with their own spiritual condition before Almighty God (1 Corinthians 6:17). In vv.22-24, our Lord answers the question they should have asked:  “How can I be sure that I am saved?”  Our Lord shocks them with a stunning inquiry into whether or not they ‘possess’ true faith – a faith that works, by calling them to “Strive to enter through the narrow-door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  The spiritually non-urgent life is opposed to striving (Philippians 2:12-13).  It prefers the “four spiritual laws” or the “twelve easy steps” to peace with God.  Instead, Jesus gives them the one-word Divine answer -- “Strive.”Secondly, in verses 25-27, our Lord exposes this “professing believer” as being nothing more than a spiritually-complacent religionist. My dear friend, simple ‘familiarity’ with Jesus has never, nor ever shall, ensure a safe passage to Heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). Just the opposite, it will assuredly pave the way to endless punishment in Hell!  In fact, in these verses, Jesus Christ warns all present church-members and regular attendees that they should be aware of the reality of spiritual self-deception (Jeremiah 17:9) and thereby take the necessary pains to cultivate a spiritually healthy self-distrust of themselves. For He said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in Me, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” Does the Spirit of the Living 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! Oh dear reader, such people expected to wake up in Heaven, but awoke in flames (Luke 16:24)! All of this was the result of their spiritually non-urgent and complacent lives, while they walked upon earth.  A loss of spiritual expectancy will be the assured experience of such ones when their never-dying souls enter eternity (vv.28-30). Beloved, Hell is a real place, and religious people are arriving there every day. Does your life give evidence that you have a new heart (John 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17)? May God use this sobering reminder to move all of us who know Christ, to “save others by snatching them out of the fire…” (Jude 23). We conclude with the following words of C.H. Spurgeon:  “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for." Amen! 

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