Most of the teachings regarding hell are found in the gospels, in .
the words of Jesus. What lesson
can we learn from this truth?
How can all three types of death
be defined in terms of "separation"?
"Reverend," he began, "I have a disagreement with you. You said yesterday that all the unsaved would burn forever in hell and I disagree with you on that matter."
"I am sorry," the minister answered, "but you have come to speak with the wrong person. You do not have a disagreement with me."
"What do you mean?" the visitor asked, being confused by the minister's response.
"Well," the minister replied, "I am not the one who said that the wicked shall be cast into everlasting fire, but my Master did. He said, 'Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels' (Matthew 25:41). My friend, you do not have a disagreement with me, but with the Lord Jesus Christ. I advise you to go immediately and settle this matter with Him."
Is it our duty to dispute or to flee from the wrath of God against sin? How does this story clearly illustrate this truth?
While the exact details of hellish torments are not known to us, Scripture does inform us that the punishment of those in hell will include:
1. Total separation from any grace of God -no blessings of common grace or possibility of saving grace shall be present forever
2. Total separation from any children of God forever
3. Being imprisoned with devils and haters of God forever and
being forced to endure their accusations
4. Being tormented by their consciences continually forever
5. Suffering under the wrath of God poured out upon them forever (in soul and body) for their sins against His infinite holiness and righteousness.