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HELL IS FOR REAL

Lessons from a Demon

This past week in my study of the parables, my understanding of heaven and hell has grown.

In the parables of the found treasure and the found pearl, I gained clarity on the wonder of salvation and all that I have found in Jesus. He is the found treasure for me. He is the found pearl of great cost for me. Heaven and salvation and JESUS have been found and I am in awe of their amazing worth.

In the parable of the dragnet of judgment, I gained clarity on the destruction and death in hell for those fish thrown into the furnace of fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Hell is eternal torment and many will spend eternity there. And that breaks my heart.

And for many, there is no fear of the reality of hell. 

There is no understanding of the torment "where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44).

I wish and pray that we would all see the reality of hell like the demons of Matthew 8:28-29:

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"

Like the devil in James 2:19 as he "trembles".

I had an aha! moment as I studied Matthew 8:28-29 this week. The statement by the demons in verse 29 as they ask Jesus, "Have You come here to torment us before the time?"

Yes, the demons know the reality of hell. The torment that is their future. The torment that they have known about from the moment of the Fall. And they are not looking forward to it. It sounds to me like they had the fear of God in their voices as they asked that question of Jesus.

And here's my thought: if the devil trembles and the demons fear the reality of hell and torment, we should be greatly concerned for anyone heading there. This understanding of the reality of hell should move us to tell others of Jesus. It should also give us a  great appreciation for our salvation through Christ.

I hope to see you this Sunday, September 13, at either our 9am or 10:30am service. We will be answering this question: "What do we need to know about hell?" (as taught by Jesus).

You will be once again reminded of the reality of hell and you will also be encouraged by what Jesus Christ did as He suffered, died, and rose again to keep you from going there.

Praise Jesus, my Deliverer!

Hope to see you Sunday,
Pastor Paul

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