Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
The Bible is the world's recognized source that addresses matters of heaven and hell, and so it seems only wise to use the Bible as our source to come to some conclusion about who will end up in hell.
The Bible says that God the Father has given all judgment to Jesus Christ, so what Jesus Christ has to say about the destiny of a person is completely accurate and trustworthy. No one can prove differently.
For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. ' John 5:22
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. ' John 5:26-27
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me. ' John 5:30
Thus we can safely conclude that although Jesus Christ will be each our judge on the Judgment Day, what He decides about our eternal fate will be exactly as what God the Father would decide about us.
Let's examine in depth now some words Jesus had to say that addresses issues of heaven and hell. In the Book of John, Chapter 3, starting with verse 1:
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.'
Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'
Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?'
Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Sprit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.'
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, 'How can these things be?'
Jesus answered and said to him, 'Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
'And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
'For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
'He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.' ' John 3: 1-21 NKJV
Highlighted in yellow above, we find who is not condemned and who is. The word condemned used in this scripture context means that you will be either saved from your sins (sins forgiven, condemnation removed) so you can go to heaven, or your sins will send you to hell (sins not forgiven, condemnation not removed).
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Thus we are on safe ground by reading these words Jesus spoke above that people in hell loved spiritual darkness more than they loved spiritual light.
Spiritual darkness is the opposite of truth. People who burn with passion and zeal to know WHO truth is, WHAT truth is, and once they know ' will begin eagerly OBEYING truth ' these are the ones who are being drawn to the true light of God.
Who then, IS truth? None other than Jesus Christ. No one can prove He isn't truth: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.' - John 14:6
Because no one can prove He isn't who He says He is, why not believe He knows what He's talking about? What has one to lose?
Another dimension of spiritual darkness is simply 'self'. We humans want to do what we want to do, and we don't want anyone telling us what we can't do. We want to believe what we want to believe, and if someone is trying to convince us to believe something we don't want to believe, we become angry at them. Hell will be filled with 'self-willed' people who demanded to believe lies rather than believe God's truth.
What IS God's truth? It is the New Testament Bible. God has made certain that humanity has a trusted resource they can go to KNOW what truth is. Popular, accepted translations of the New Testament Bible tells us everything we need to know about truth and how to please God.
Evil people will be those who inhabit hell. Evil people could care less what God has to say about matters, unless it personally affects them. THEN they care!
Unforgiven liars will be those who inhabit hell. Satan is the father of lies. He first lied to himself, and then began to believe his lies. A compulsive liar does such a thing. The angels that were kicked out of heaven and are doomed to spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire also believed Satan's lies, and by believing them, they acted on them. One wonders what their regrets might be now.
The spiritually deceived who does not seriously repent (change their way of thinking and act accordingly) of their deception prior to dying will inhabit hell. To first become spiritually deceived, one has to believe a lie. Once you believe the lie, you are willing to tell others your lie/s when opportunity presents itself, yet fully believing it is the truth. Jesus referred to people like this as 'workers of lawlessness':
'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will
say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast
out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
'And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'' ' Matt. 7:21-23
People who do everything they can to drown out truth that the New Testament bible declares will inhabit hell. They will experience eternal death (suffering) for their unforgiven sins. More and more, it so seems (at least here in the United States) people are closing their ears and eyes to Christian - Bible truth. Many do this because they have believed Satan's lies in that Biblical truth is NOT truth (and/or parts thereof of the Bible). (Maybe a truth, but not the ONLY truth about God. To God, a half-truth is a lie, and Satan is the master at using half-truths to get people to believe his lies).
Others close their ears and eyes to Christian truth ' hoping that God won't find them guilty on the Judgment Day for not being held accountable for what they don't know. That won't fly with God, anymore than it flies with a judge in our courts of law. We are responsible to know the law. Just because we claim ignorance of the law doesn't free us from the punishment for our crime if we break the law.
Hell will be full of people who truly desire to be their OWN Lord ' ultimately their OWN God (their own boss). At the core of their being, they demand their right to do and believe what seems best to them. If it goes against the wishes of the Creator and Judge of all things: TOUGH!
Hell will be full of every created being who does not see the wisdom of listening to every word Jesus spoke, seriously taking it to heart, and backing it up with obedient actions prior to dying in accordance with New Testament directives ' guidelines.
It should be a frightening and sobering thing to think that many who would consider themselves 'spiritually enlightened' will spend eternity in hell. My friend, it would be my suggestion that you be extremely careful about what you first believe, and secondly ' what you are telling others about what you spiritually believe. As there will be different rewards for those in heaven, there will be different degrees of suffering in hell. It is one thing to be spiritually deceived. It is quite another to pass one's spiritual deception along to others as though it can be trusted spiritual enlightenment. Here's a warning God gives to those who assist in helping others to sin against God:
Jesus said to his disciples: 'Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these my little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.' - Luke 17:1-2 (NIV)
In closing, God knows the heart of each of us. It is at His sole discretion to have mercy on whoever He decides to have mercy on. Consistent in God's Word is that we are not to give place to sin (which includes spiritual deception). Yet when we do sin, God exhorts us to repent (change our way of thinking so we can then call out to Him for His strength to help us stop sinning). God alone is the Judge, and it is His will that none would perish ... though God has told us in His Word that narrow is the way to eternal life, and broad is the way to eternal destruction.
Let us each examine ourselves often, and be sincere in asking God if we are living our life that is pleasing to Him or not. If not, we need to get serious about changing ... if we are wise.
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