Many people will tell you that “God loves you no matter what you do and no matter how you choose to live your life.”
Yes, God does love you. Yes, you are always on God’s mind. Yes, he wants the best for all people.
God has given all people the freedom to live the way they want. There are however consequences.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
While God loves us, he will never force anyone to follow him. He has given us freedom to choose.
You can choose to follow him or reject him.
God’s word tells us to live our lives with passion and purpose. But it also warns us that one day we will appear before God and that we will need to need to give an account to how we have lived our lives.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 tells us, “Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.”
Yes, do all you want to do. Take it all in but remember that there are consequences to the choices we make.
Galatians 6: 7-8 confirms this, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Yes, God loves you, but sin cuts us off from our holy God.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Because of sin we miss the mark. It cuts us off from a holy God.
Romans 3:24 continues with the good news, “Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”
The Bible tells us that the price for living in sin is judgement and eternal death, but God sent Jesus to make a way for sinful people to be forgiven and to find abundant life.
In Romans 6:23 it says, “For the wages of sin is death.” But the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Many people think that the concept of hell has been done away with, but I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Jesus had more to say about hell than anyone else in the Bible.
Jesus had a lot to say about hell:
Jesus referred to hell being a “place of torment”. (Luke 16:23)
Jesus told us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
Jesus warned people about “the danger of the fires of hell.” (Matthew 5:22)
Jesus told us that those who reject him, “will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
Jesus also spoke of the final judgement, and said, “All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)
Jesus went on, referring to those who were not part of His Kingdom saying, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41)
Jesus also referred to hell as a “place of eternal punishment”, but he said that the “righteous will have eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41)
Talking about the horrors of hell, Jesus told us, “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where ‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:43-48)
Jesus also told us, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to hell (destruction), and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
According to Jesus, MANY are on the highway that leads to hell, and only a FEW are on the narrow road that leads to eternal life. What road are you on?
Jesus told a parable about the end of time, where he referred to two groups of people, one referred to as the “wheat” and the other to “weeds”. Jesus told us that both the “wheat” and the “weeds” would be left to grow in the field until harvest time.
Jesus explained the parable by saying, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:37-43)
Jesus also told us that those who are not in a relationship with God will be locked out of his Kingdom, but he also offers us a way out…
THE WAY OUT
Jesus did not only warn us of the dangers of the fires of hell, but he also offered the way out.
On the cross Jesus gave up his life as a sacrifice for our sin, paying the full price for our sin so that we can be forgiven. He was buried in a tomb but on the third day Jesus rose from the grave defeating sin and death.
Although we were dead in sin, Romans 5:8 tells us that “God showed (demonstrated) his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
GOD IS SO FULL OF MERCY
No matter who you are or what you have done, God loves you.
Yes, there is a consequence for sin, but God made a way for all people to come back to him and to find complete forgiveness and redemption.
Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”
Do you know what God’s grace is? It is a gift from God. A gift cannot be earned. It is free. It is underserved. Jesus paid the full price for our sin so that we can be set free.
SO, LETS WRAP UP…
I asked you if a loving God would really let someone go to hell.
The answer based on scripture is that sin cuts us off from our holy God.
Jesus also made it truly clear that those who reject him and choose to live in sin, will suffer the nightmare of spending eternity separated from God in hell…
- A place of danger (Mathew 5:22),
- A place of outer darkness (Matthew 8:12),
- A place of lost hope (Matthew 25:41),
- A place of destruction (Matthew 7:13)
- A place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42 and Matthew 8:12),
- A place of eternal punishment where the fire never goes out, (Mark 9:42),
- A place where the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:48)
However, the Bible is also crystal clear that Jesus made a way so that all people can be saved. All people, no matter who they are, or where they come from, or what they have done, can come to Jesus and find complete forgiveness and eternal life.
God loves all people. He has given us the freedom to choose to live our lives how we want. The decisions we make about our life will have an eternal consequence. But there is a way out.
There is no doubt of God’s love for you and me.
GOD DOES NOT WANT ANYONE TO PERISH
2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is being patient for your sake and that “He does not want anyone to perish.” He is waiting for you to turn to repent and to return to him.
Yes, there is a real hell, but God does not want anyone to perish or to be destroyed. He wants to bring life.
God loves you. You are always on God’s mind. He wants the best for all people.
RECEIVE GOD’S FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE
God loves you so much. Through the price Jesus paid, he has made a way for you and me to be restored to a close walk with him. Even though we have sinned and even though we have messed up, out of his love and kindness, God has made a way for us to be restored to a close relationship with him.
Ephesians 2:8-10 continues, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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