Hell ~ 4 Things Jesus Wants You to Know About Hell

Earlier this year I wrote this post about HELL entitled What About Hell?: 4 Things Satan Does Not Want You to Understand About Hell. It was the most read and pinned post that I have ever offered. Although we do not hear many sermons on the topic of hell, people are apparently very interested in it. As Christians who have the answer and antidote to hell, it is our responsibility to tell those who are not yet believers about heaven and about hell.

Jesus spoke frequently of hell in the Scriptures, so I believe we are wise to consider His perspective. Today, I want us to do just that. There are 4 things that Jesus wants you to understand about hell.

 

 

Hell 4 Things Jesus Wants You to Know

 

Hell is a real place

In Revelation 1:18 Jesus appears to John on the Isle of Patmos and declares that He holds the keys to death and hell, or Hades. While there is debate over whether Jesus actually descended into hell in the three days between his death and resurrection, the Revelation passage makes it abundantly clear that Jesus has personal experience with hell. It may be simply because He was part of creating it, or because He has been there. Either way, He holds the keys. When you purchase a car or home and receive the keys that will open or start your purchase, you also receive a title that proclaims you to be the owner. Jesus has the keys to hell. Clearly, He owns it.

Hell was never created for man. It was created to be the place where Satan and his demons would suffer for all eternity in response to their rebellion. It was only when man chose to rebel against God that hell became an eternal destination for man.

 

Hell involves torment and anguish

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus offers the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In short, Lazarus was poor and needy, while the rich man was, well, rich. Lazarus begged at the gate of the rich man, but was ignored. Both Lazarus and the rich man died and went to their eternal destinations: Lazarus to heaven, or the bosom of Abraham; the rich man to hell or hades.

In this dramatic passage, Jesus uses the words torment, anguish, and flame to describe hell in these verses. The rich man called out to Abraham to send him some relief from his torment, which included flames.

It seems that, according to this passage, those who are consigned to hell can see the joy and comfort of those in heaven. This hints that part of the torment of hell is a knowledge that you made the wrong choice about your eternal destiny, and are constantly presented with what you missed in heaven. Regret. It is a horrible thing here on earth, and even more so, in hell.

Unrelenting torment and anguish. Inextinguishable fire and flame. Truly, our worst day here in earth will not even begin to compare to the ‘best’ day (doubtful that there is such a thing) in hell, should one choose to go there.

 

Hell is Permanent

Going once again to Luke 16, we find the rich man asking Abraham to send someone to hell with a drop of cool water for his tongue. Abraham responds that there is a chasm or gulf that is permanent and impassable. It prevents passage back and forth between heaven and hell. Once a person makes their choice of heaven or hell, and slips into eternity, there is no changing their mind. Their destiny is fixed.

This is the reason why it is so important not to delay the decision about one’s eternal destiny. No one is guaranteed their next breath, and if you die without choosing to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, you are forever locked in torment and anguish in hell.

 

Jesus Offers a Way to Avoid Hell

In John 14:6, Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He went on to tell us that it is ONLY through Him that anyone comes to God. All other ways are futile. No amount of good works or penitence will get you into heaven. God lives in heaven; therefore, if anyone desires to live forever in heaven, they MUST go through Jesus because He holds the only way to heaven. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to pay what you and I owed for our sin and rebellion is our only entry key into heaven.

The moment we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior our passport is stamped for heaven, and hell no longer is a possibility. The sacrifice of Jesus’ body to pay for our sin was a one-time-for-all sacrifice for all who would accept it. His sacrifice was enough, and nothing more is needed.

 

Have you made your choice: Heaven or Hell?

 

If you would like to know some of the reasons why I chose Jesus and heaven, please click here.

 

If you would like to know more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus, please email me at info@leahadams.org.

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  • Mandy

    Hi Leah,

    I just read your article tonight, and I have to say you gave me the inspiration to get off my butt and write about the same topic you did in yours. I know God wanted me to do it, so I needed to read what you wrote to get a friendly reminder. :) Thank you. Here is a link to my blog if you’d like to check it out (http://phoenixmandys.blogspot.com/). I know God led me to your pinterest page so I could click on the picture and read what you had to say about what Hell really is. God bless you and your ministry!
    Mandy (Phoenix Rising Girl on Google+)

    • Mandy, I’m so glad this piece blessed and encouraged you. I’ll be by to visit you at your blog soon. May God bless you as you write.

      • Mandy

        Thank you Leah, and God bless you too. :)

  • Rick

    Consider this… do you believe that accepting Christ as Savior can’t be undone by future choices or behaviors?

    We are saved so long as we don’t reject Christ at a later time and fail to repent of that sin. But we can’t actively reject Christ and remain saved. If we fail and fall into mortal sin, we must run (not walk) back to him through the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist. He forgives immediately and we return to a state of Grace with Christ.

    • Rick, I believe that once we are saved, we are always saved. The provision of my salvation was not dependent on me in any way. Jesus did everything that needed to be done. If that salvation can be lost by my actions, then Jesus work on the cross was deficient, and I do not believe that Jesus did anything that was deficient. Now, I may choose to walk away from Jesus, just like the prodigal son walked away from the father, but that never changes my status as Jesus saved child any more than the prodigal son ceased to be the son of the father. There is always grace. Thanks for stopping in.

      • Rick

        Thanks for helping me to understand your perspective.

  • Charles

    Thank you Leah, for a website so gracious and full of love and wisdom.
    May you remain so Blessed for all and eternity.
    I know that I need grace and forgiveness as I have sinned in so many ways.
    I pray that Jesus will forgive me, so my soul may rest in eternity with HIM

    • Charles, thank you for your visit and comment. If you have earnestly asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin and disobedience, HE HAS….for now and all eternity. You stand clean before God because of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross on your behalf. You can have peace in knowing that you are saved and will spend eternity with Jesus. Bless you!

  • William A Baurle

    Hold your hand over a flame, and think about your teaching on hell, Leah.

    • William, thank you for your visit and your comment. I am making the assumption that you do not believe in hell? I would encourage you to hold your hand over a flame, think about what Jesus said about hell, and ponder if you want to take a chance on being wrong about the existence of hell.

      • Are you suggesting that my disbelief in hell, in and of itself, should cause me to deserve an eternity of unspeakable pain? Please note, it’s my compassionate, loving nature that causes me to be reviled by the concept of persons undergoing eternal torture. Do you believe that I deserve to burn in hell forever simply because I find the concept of eternal damnation troublesome, and, in fact, offensive? I’ve already confessed to God and Christ that I would NOT enjoy heaven if I knew there were millions of conscious souls suffering in unspeakable, unimaginable torment. If that causes me to be damned, then damned I will be.

        • William, if you look back at my response, you will see that I did not suggest that you deserve hell. The ONLY reason any person will go to hell is if they reject Jesus Christ as the only way to God. As long as you have accepted Jesus death on the cross in payment for your sin and disobedience, you are safe from hell.

          I can think of only two reasons why the idea of hell offends you would be important. 1) If you fail to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. 2) If you fail to tell others about the love of Jesus that keeps them out of hell. Hell exists. Jesus spoke of it and died so man could avoid it. Our job here on this earth is to tell others about Jesus so they have the opportunity to choose heaven over hell.

          God’s justice and righteousness demands eternal punishment for those who reject Him, just as God’s love and grace demand eternal rewards for those who accept Him. Hell and heaven. Where you and I spend eternity is completely up to us.

          • Sorry, Leah, but your comments have only served to show me that there is something dreadfully wrong with the Christian religion. That you can so blithely accept that someone could DESERVE an ETERNITY of suffering simply for not believing in Christ’s atonement or in God, is shocking to me, as it always was before I went through my conversion. I wonder what your stance is on infants who are not baptized? I lost all respect for Augustine when I learned that he taught that infants who were not baptized were consigned to hell. If there is a more evil thought than punishing an infant forever, I don’t know what it is.

          • William, again, I thank you for your thoughts. I respect them and am glad you are willing to offer them here. You are welcome to do so at any time, on any of my posts. I have been a Christian for 36 years. There were times in that 36 years when I walked away from Jesus and God. After coming back to Christ, I have spent a great deal of time examining the Scriptures, praying and asking Him to lead and guide me. I am convinced that Jesus is the ONLY way to eternal life and God. It is not my job to convince you of that. My task is to offer you what I believe and why, and then allow the Holy Spirit to convince you that Jesus is Who He says He is, and that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.
            I know that Jesus is the only way to God, eternal life, and a more holy walk here on this earth because the Bible says so, and because I have seen the difference Jesus has made in me. I am not the same woman I was before I allowed Jesus complete control of my heart and life. If you care to read more about why I believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life, you may click on the link at the top of my website ‘8 Reasons I Why I Believe in Jesus’.
            William, I do not believe that un-baptized infants are consigned to hell. God gave each of us free will. I believe there is an age of accountability where each person has the ability to accept or reject Christ. An infant has most certainly NOT reached that age., therefore, I believe that any infant or young child who dies before reaching that age is safe in the arms of Jesus in heaven.

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