ALL NATIONS FULL GOSPEL CHURCH
September 18th to 24th 2017
TOPIC: Hell (2)
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we started our lesson on what the Bible teaches us about hell. We know that it is a prison for those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We also learnt that hell is not God’s original plan for man; hell was created for the devil and his fallen angels. We looked at the nature of hell; it is a place of loneliness and suffering; no one should take it lightly or carelessly. We will conclude our lesson on hell.
THE STORY OF THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS Lk. 16: 19-31
During the period from the Fall of Man, until Christ ascended and took His place at the right hand of God, the underworld was in two compartments with an impassable gulf separating them. One side was for the Old Testament saints who trusted in the Blood Covenant; the Abrahamic blood covenant (“Abrahams’ Bosom”) and the other side of the gulf were for the wicked, awaiting the resurrection and judgment. When Jesus arose from the dead, He carried His Blood into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, satisfied the claims of justice in the redemption. Then He again went back down into what was known as Paradise and preached to the souls; giving them the good news of redemption, and taking them to heaven. That is why Lazarus was not in heaven; Jesus had not settled the sin problem. There is no paradise today, but there is a hell, like the rich man in the Jewish story experienced. The rich man went to hell because he had broken the fundamental principles of loving one’s neighbor. Notice some significant facts about hell from the story; the rich man had all the faculties of his soul; his tongue was burning (verse 24). He was in torment in the flames. His memory was also alive in hell! Two things will hunt man in hell and fill him with agony; the first is, the sins that he has committed against God and man, and secondly, the fact that he had the opportunity to escape hell, but he preferred hell to heaven.
From the story we also learn that there is no second probation in hell; if you are guilty to go there, then you are guilty to stay there.
The rich man asked for someone to be sent to warn his brothers, but he was told that the people on earth will not listen even if people went from hell to warn them. Lk 16: 27-31. This is still true today. Some think that if they keep from hearing the subject of hell and heaven and the message of Christianity, they will be free from hell. Today we have the media (including the internet), which goes to homes, societies, and nations where Christians cannot go to share the gospel; people have no excuse!
WHO GOES TO HELL?
Thank God there are no children in hell; until they reach the age of accountability which usually begins at age 12 (as is speculated by some theologians), they all go to heaven.
Every man who refuses to recognize the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and does not confess Him as Savior will go to hell. There is no distinction “unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” John 3:3. If he cannot be part of the Kingdom of God, then he will be of the kingdom of Satan; hell.
Man does not go to heaven because of what he has done, but because of who he becomes when he believes in the finished work of Jesus; a child of God. John 1:12-13.
A man goes to hell because he chooses to; God cannot force man’s will. The Good News is presented to man, and man can choose to accept it, and go to heaven or reject it and go to hell. It is man’s choice; he goes to hell with his eyes wide open; he loves the world. 1 John 2: 15- 17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world, for if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever”.
Sin is more attractive to the man who chooses to go to hell, but the love of God is forever pleading with man; Let us encourage all we know to choose heaven while there is time, for there are no other chances in hell. This is why we should witness; WE have the Good News, and the Good News is that man does not have to go to hell because Jesus paid a hefty price to keep a man from hell! All man has to do is to believe and accept the Lordship of Jesus in his life!