Sermon Notes


FACTS ABOUT HELL EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW
Matthew 25: 41, 46
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
This time of year a lot of people celebrate the evils of Halloween and laugh. What better time for us to learn a few facts about hell than when it is being laughed at.
There is nothing to laugh at and yet nothing to fear as long as you know the truth.
1. HELL IS THE SPIRITUAL PLACE OF PUNISHMENT FOR ALL WHO HAVE REJECTED JESUS AS LORD BY THEIR ACTIONS AND THEIR LIFESTYLES.
God allows every person to make their own decisions about life, death and eternal life. He gives us a clear choice. Heaven or hell. Lord or judge.
2 Peter 2:4-10
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 
5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 
6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 
7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 
8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 
9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 
10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

Those who reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ, those who reject God in general by their sinful living are in fact held accountable for their actions.
God will not force you to repent.
The same eternity waits now for those who reject the way of Christ now, either by action, attitude, decision or lack of decision.
Galatians 5: 19-21
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
We are free to accept or reject God and there are very real very eternal consequences for our decisions.
A misconception is that God sends people to hell. He does not. Sin is what sends people to hell.
God has provided the perfect way to avoid hell: acceptance of his son Jesus Christ.
Hell is reserved only for those who reject Christ. Not accepting is rejecting.
We must stand on the unchanging pure and holy word of God.
Isaiah 45:2
22 “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
2. HELL IS THE PLACE OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT.
Eternal as in it never ends. Not the way we often mean eternal. Just as heaven never ends, hell never ends. Hell is not bound by time.
Imagine if you will the worst punishment possible. Do the same as with the fear. This can only begin to describe how utterly horrible hell will be for those who choose it.
Hell just goes on and on and on and you never get used to it and never numb to it.
Revelation 20:15
15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
3. HELL IS FULL OF ALL THINGS EVIL.
Even heaven is going to get a renewal. What is perfect will be even more perfect.
Hell on the other hand does not get better. All that is evil will be burned forever.
Revelation 20:13-14
13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
There is no place of escape. There is no way out. There is no place to get away for a respite. There is no way to get away from satan and all his demons.
4. HELL HAS VERY LIMITED POWER AND VERY LIMITED SPACE.
Hell is bound. And it cannot get out of bounds. There are a lot of people who believe that Hell has a lot of power. Actually it does not.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Heaven and earth will be renewed and hell is going to burn forever.
Just as God renews and keeps renewing hell burns and will always burn.
There is no such thing as “hell on earth”.
Hell cannot take over. Hell can’t even mount an attack. God has hell firmly in its place. Satan gets a few days to do his thing but hell itself holds no power.
Revelation 20:1-3
1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
The Bible cannot be wrong. Why? Because once God speaks that something will happen it is as if it was already done.
Lucifer only has a little bit of power and a little bit of time. He has everything to fear and we have nothing to fear.
5. HELL IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
Hell is the only place in all the realms of the entirety of the universe that is completely devoid of the presence of God. That is what makes it hell.
Luke 16:25-26
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
It would seem that a big part of what makes hell so awful is the awareness that there is no power or presence of God there.
Too many times we talk about the good, easy parts of the Bible... Sometimes we need to take a good look at the sobering parts.
1. HELL IS THE SPIRITUAL PLACE OF PUNISHMENT FOR ALL WHO HAVE REJECTED JESUS AS LORD BY THEIR ACTIONS AND THEIR LIFESTYLES.
2. HELL IS THE PLACE OF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT.
3. HELL IS FULL OF ALL THINGS EVIL.
4. HELL HAS VERY LIMITED POWER AND VERY LIMITED SPACE.
5. HELL IS COMPLETELY DEVOID OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD.