Monday, July 6, 2015

What Did Jesus Say About Hell?”

 Of course, those who do not believe in the total inerrancy of Scripture have no problem disregarding what Jesus said about hell and a lot of other things in the Bible as well. Those of us who do believe the original New Testament Scriptures tell us what Jesus said about hell and consider it all very important in its entirety.

    Here are passages which tell us clearly what Jesus said about the reality and eternality of the punishment in hell for those who rejected Christ as their Savior, their Sin-bearer.

    Matthew 18:8. In this passage Jesus spoke of the “eternal fire” of hell for all who rejected Him.

    Mark 9:43. Jesus described the eternal abode of those outside of Christ as a place where the fire is “unquenchable” meaning of course that the fire will never go out. In reference to this same place Jesus repeated what He said in verse 43 and added that hell was “where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (vv. 47-48). When He said this, He was clearly referring to Isaiah 66:24 where the prophet wrote, “Their worm  shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched.” The prophet Daniel wrote of the same thing: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).

    Jesus referred often to the destiny of the lost but in the above texts He certainly made it clear that hell is a place of the eternal punishment of the unsaved.