…shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matt 5:22 NASB)
… than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Matt 5:29 and 5:30 NASB)
Jesus introduces hell into the conversation 3 times in the next few verses.
Please understand, Jesus does not make vain threats.
He is not trying to “scare the hell out of them.”
Hell is the true destination for anyone who does not give himself to the Lord.
When Jesus speaks of hell, it is not manipulative, or some form of humor or irony. He is simply laying out the true peril that faces those who have not died to themselves, taken up their cross and followed after Him.
So should a “Christian” be fearful of Hell? Never! Once God lives in you, and has given you that new heart, you have nothing to fear. Let me be perfectly clear. A Christian is one who has given his or her life to Jesus, not someone who agrees to some arbitrary list of theological facts, or has passed some test, or prayed some prayer. The only way to know if you are a Christian is that the Spirit of the Living God dwells in and with you, and you follow Him.
However, Jesus does not back off the topic of hell throughout His ministry. He speaks over and over. Here at the very beginning of His ministry, right through to His last days preaching to the people. When He speaks of Hell it is not a metaphor, but real talk about a real place. [Tweet This] There is a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned!
Come back again soon.
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