Passage: Revelation 20:7-15

If we are going to talk about Heaven, then we must also have a conversation about the “other place.”

Yes – we need to talk about Hell.

Hell has been rightly described as “that hideous doctrine,” troubling both believer and unbeliever and giving rise to many questions and objections about it.

We should note firstly that Jesus believed and taught that it was a real place.

“The highway to Hell is broad.” (Matthew 7:13)

“Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

For Jesus, Hell was no joking matter.

But won’t God save everybody?

In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says there are only two paths in life – one leads to life and the other to destruction – and God will not override our free will. As a result, we will be held accountable for the choices we make.

Won’t God just destroy the wicked?

When Jesus said God could “destroy soul and body in Hell” (Matthew 10:28) the word He used did not mean annihilation – the idea that God will simply obliterate people after they have been judged. The word describes a “loss of well-being,” not being. People will be conscious in Hell, for eternity.

What about Purgatory?

Some people think there is an intermediate place where people will spend a long period of time atoning for their sins before they are ready to enter Heaven. But concerning forgiveness of sin, Jesus said on the Cross “It is finished, the debt for sin has been paid in full, now!” (John 19:30).

How can a God of love do this?

Jesus said of Hell that it has been “prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41). Hell was not prepared for us; God’s free offer to us is eternal life and He has made this possible through the death and resurrection of His Son. What more can God do?

Jesus spoke more about Hell than Heaven, wanting everyone to understand that His Father does not want anyone to perish but to turn to Him for forgiveness and salvation.

I ask you sincerely, “Will you please listen to Jesus’ warning today?

If you would like to commit your life to Jesus, please read the devotion for 26th March. If you would like to hear more about what the Bible says about Hell, then please go to www.woodvalebaptist.com.au and listen to the sermon, “What is Heaven like?” (Part 1).