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IS HELL REAL?

Matt. 25:41

INTRODUCTION:

1.         Hell is real because the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

2.         Hell is real because Jesus said so.

3.         Hell is real, because the inspired writers of the Bible said so.

4.         The justice of God demands hell to be real.

5.         Our denominational friends’ beliefs:

            A.        Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Annihilation Theory.

            B.        We have some in the Church who believe that there is no hell or in the Annihilation Theory.

                        1. Annihilation-- the teaching that when a person dies, he is annihilated; most often this doctrine is applied to the wicked, thereby negating hell (Definition as given by Robert Stapleton).

            C.        There is a great need for proper preaching on hell and the reality of it.

BODY:

1.         HELL IS REAL BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD.

            A.        2 Tim. 3:16

            B.        Wayne Jackson- “A Subtle Argument for Inspiration.”

                        1.         7,000 prophecies in the Bible.

                        2.         300 of these are prophecies are of Christ.

                        3.         All of these prophecies are fulfilled word for word.

                        4.         The Bible is the only book in history to have done this.

2.         HELL IS REAL BECAUSE JESUS SAID SO.

            A.        Matt. 25:41

                        1.         It should be enough for us to believe that hell is real simply because our Savior said so!

                        2.         Matt. 25:46 In this verse, Jesus spoke of both heaven and hell in the same sentence.

            B.        If heaven is real, then hell must also be real.

                        1.         Jesus spoke of heaven and hell in the same context.

                                    A. Matt. 25:31-46

            C.        Hell is real because Jesus said so!

                        1. Mark 9:43-48 Eye, foot, hand.

                        2.         Matt. 5:22 “You fool!”--Danger of hell fire.

                        3.         Matt. 10:28 “Destroy both soul and body in hell.”

                        4.         Matt. 23:15 “Twice as much a son of hell.”

                        5.         Matt. 23:33 “How can you escape the condemnation of hell?”

                        6.         Luke 12:5 “Fear Him who has power to cast into hell.”

            E.         If hell is not real, then Jesus is a liar.

                        1.         Heb. 4:14-15 “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

                        2.         Num. 23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie.”

                        3.         Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”

                        4.         Heb. 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie.”

3.         HELL IS REAL BECAUSE THE INSPIRED WRITERS OF THE BIBLE SAID SO.

            A.        The Apostle Paul said in 2 Thess. 1:7-9 that hell is real.

                        1.         If hell is not real, then Paul, an inspired writer of the New Testament, was a liar.

                        2.         If Paul was a liar, then all of his writings should be thrown out of the Scriptures.

                        3.         If Paul was an inspired writer and if hell is not real, then the Holy Spirit inspired him to write of a nonexistent place—a lie.

                        4.         If the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write a lie, then the Holy Spirit is a liar.

                        5.         If the Holy Spirit is a liar, then the Bible needs to be thrown out, because we cannot believe anything it says.

            B.        The Apostle John in Rev. 21:8 said that hell is real. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

                        1.         Rev.19:20 “These two were cast alive into the lake of fire.”

                        2.         Rev. 20:10 Devil cast into lake of fire.

                        3.         Rev. 20:14 Death and Hades cast into lake of fire.

                        4.         Rev. 20:15 Anyone not in Book of Life cast into lake of fire.

                                    A.        If hell is not real, then the Apostle John is a liar.

                                    B.        If the Apostle John is a liar, then all of his writings should be thrown out.

                                    C.        If John is an inspired writer and if hell is not real, then the Holy Spirit inspired him to write of a nonexistent place—a lie.

                                    D.        If the Holy Spirit inspired John to write a lie, then He is a liar.

                                    E.         If the Holy Spirit is a liar, then the Bible needs to be thrown out, because we cannot believe anything it says.

4.         THE JUSTICE OF GOD DEMANDS HELL TO BE REAL.

            A.        Deut. 32:3-4 Justness of God.

            B.        Job 34:12 “Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.”

            C.        Psa. 25:9 “The humble He guides in justice.”

            D.        Psa. 33:5 “He loves righteousness and justice.”

            E.         Prov. 2:8 “He guards the paths to justice.”

            F.         Zep. 3:5 “He brings His justice to light.”

            G.        Matt. 12:18 “He will declare justice to the Gentiles.”

            H.        Heb. 10:29-31 “Fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.”

            I.          2 Thess. 1:8-9 “Taking vengeance on them that know not God”

            J.          The definition of justice, according to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1. : The administration of what is just (as by assigning merited rewards or punishments) 2. : JUDGE 3. : the administration of law 4. : FAIRNESS also: RIGHTEOUSNESS.

            K.        2 Tim. 4:8 He is a righteous judge.

            L.         Matt. 7:21 “I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity.”

            M.        Other verses on the justice of God.

           

CONCLUSION:

1. Hell is real because the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

            A. The Bible says that Hell is real.

2. Hell is real because Jesus said so.

            A. Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie.”

3. Hell is real because the inspired writers of the Bible said so.

            A. If hell is not real, then the Holy Spirit is a liar and inspired the writers of the Bible to lie.

4. The justice of God demands that hell is real.

            A. He will take vengeance on those who do not know Him and obey not His Word.