[Biblemat] S>Things Not Found in Hell
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Mon Apr 28 10:28:26 CDT 2008
Things Not Found in Hell
1. Often the subject of hell is treated lightly.
A. Some flat out deny either that hell exists or
that hell involves eternal punishment:
(1) Materialists like Jehovahs Witnesses deny
the existence of hell and argue for
annihilation. When your dead, youre dead all over just like Rover.
(2) Some of our brethren (e.g., Homer Hailey,
Gods Judgments & Punishments) deny hell involves
eternal punishment, hence, they teach
annihilationism by default. Consider brother Haileys position:
These [cvt, Sodom & Gomorrah] are set forth as
an example, suffering the punishment of eternal
If they serve as an example, what do they
teach except that those who suffer the punishment
of eternal fire are to exist no more? pp. 141-142).
B. Certainly most dont want to hear about hell
and most dont want to preach about it.
C. Preaching on hell may have cooled down, but hell hasnt!
2. Hell is an important Bible concept.
A. The word hell (Gr. geenna or Ghenna) is used
12 times in the New Testament (NKJV).
B. Of its 12 usages, 11 are by one prominent
Jesus! Matt. 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28;
18:9; 23:15, 33; Mk. 9:43, 45, 47; Lk. 12:5 (12th time is in Jas. 3:6)
3. We need to understand some basic facts about hell:
A. Hell is real!
(1) Mentioned in OT: Psa. 9:17
(2) Mentioned in NT: Matt. 5:22; Mk. 9:43-48;
Matt. 25:41, 46; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8; Matt. 10:28
B. The vast majority of people are going there! Matt. 7:13-14
(1) Alien sinner: 2 Thess. 1:8-9; 1 Pet. 4:17
(2) Religious person: Matt. 7:21-23
(3) Hypocrite: Lk. 6:46; Matt. 23:15
(4) Lukewarm Christian: Rev. 3:15-16
(5) Those in Rev. 21:8
(6) Unprofitable Christian: Matt. 25:30
(7) Those adding to Gods word: Rev. 22:18-19
4. So, besides the fact that hell is real, is
hot, and most people are going there; whats the big deal?
5. The utter awfulness of hell can only be
understood and fully appreciated when we consider
some Things Not Found in Hell. Today let us
consider 10 things not found in hell:
A. There will be no light in hell, because hell
will be a place of total darkness: Matt. 25:30
(outer darkness); 22:1-14; 2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 13
B. Ive been told if one is placed in total
darkness hell go blind in about 8 days!
C. Ive been in total darkness one time for only
about a minute (Carlsbad Cavern) and it was a frightening experience!
A. Story of rich man and Lazarus tells us there
will be no mercy there: Lk. 16:24-25
B. No wonder the Hebrew writer said, It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
living God. (Heb. 10:31; read 26-31)
A. Rich man desired only a drop of water to cool
his tongue, but none was available: Lk. 16:24
B. Have you ever been really thirsty? How
comforting was it when you finally drank a glass
of ice cold water? No such comfort will be
available in hell for all eternity! Any wonder
then that hell was not designed for man! Matt.
everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
A. Rich man was stripped of all his possessions: Lk. 16:25
B. Wise men have always recognized this
important fact: Job 1:21; Eccl. 5:15; 1 Tim. 6:7
A. Even under good conditions no one likes to
have their freedom of movement restricted!
B. Have you ever had your car being worked on and been left without wheels?
C. Life without parole is the second worse
punishment our legal system can mete out.
D. The rich man was given eternity without
parole! He was stuck with no way out! Lk. 16:26
E. BTW: This fact completely nullifies the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory.
A. Under solitary confinement in the French
penal colony of Devils Island no
prisoner-to-prisoner or prisoner-to-guard
communications were allowed. Of all the terrible
conditions these prisoners endured, lack of
communication was cited by most as the worst
punishment of all. One is the loneliest number of all.
B. From all indications, such will be the case in hell: Lk. 16:26-31
7. Desire for Company:
A. Some foolishly say, If so and so goes to
hell, then I want to go there to be with them.
B. But, the rich man had no such desire for company: Lk. 16:28
8. Unbelievers or infidels:
A. Certainly unbelievers and infidels are destined for hell: Rev. 21:8
B. But, by the time they get there they wont be
unbelievers any longer! Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10-11
9. Faithful Christians:
A. No faithful Christians ever need worry about
going to hell: Rev. 2:10; 2 Tim. 4:8
B. But, we must always remember that our
salvation is conditional! Col. 1:21-23; 1 Cor. 15:58
A. A man can put up with a lot of privations for
long periods of time: lack of adequate water,
lack of adequate food, lack of shelter (e.g., Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway).
B. But, there is one thing no man can do without for very long
(1) In the movie Castaway the main character was
stuck on a South Pacific island due to a plane crash.
(2) He nearly lost hope so he contemplated suicide.
C. If we are lost in hell we will end up in the
ultimate hopeless situation! Job 17:15
(1) Living this life without God is described as
hopeless (Eph. 2:12), but at least this
hopelessness may only be temporary if we turn to
God and obey the gospel! Eph. 2:13
(2) But, the hopelessness of hell will last
forever, and ever; no wonder
1. When we consider the things not found in hell
is it any wonder Jesus said what He said in Matt. 10:28?
2. When we consider the things not found in hell
is it any wonder Jesus told us to employ such
drastic measures to avoid going there? Mark 9:43-48
3. How shall we keep from going there?
A. Obey the gospel! 2 Thess. 1:7-9
B. Know God! 2 Thess. 1:7-9; 1 Jn. 2:3-5; Rev. 22:14
4. Have you obeyed the gospel? Do you really
know God? Come now before its too late!
Adapted from Things Not Found in Hell, in Gospel Meeting Sermons
by Johnie Edwards, 1979, Faith and Facts, Indianapolis, IN
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is
not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
MM MM III Craig V. Thomas
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