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to the everlasting torments of hell, in such passages as, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (gehenna)" (Matthew 10:28); and, "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell (gehenna)?" (Matthew 23:33),

Terrible as the doctrine of hell is, we may not ignore it. If we truly care about the welfare of ourselves and others, we must warn everyone about the truth of hell. If a person saw someone heading into danger and did not warn him about the reality ahead because it was not pleasant, would this be kindness or cruelty? More references to hell are found in the gospels and Revelation than in any other books of the Bible. No one in Scripture spoke more about hell than Jesus Christ, the most loving Person the world has ever witnessed. To hide the truth of hell would be cruel and deceiving. We must speak of this truth, but with a heart full of love and concern. Its truth should cause us to flee to Christ, the "City of Refuge" for our life's sake. By God's grace, has it produced this effect in your life?



    Rev. Andrew Bonar and Rev. Robert M. McCheyne were engaged in one of their frequent talks together, when Rev. McCheyne asked Rev. Bonar what text he had preached on the previous Sunday morning.





In addition to the three Greek words translated as "hell" .in the New Testament, what other expressions are also used?



If a person saw others heading toward a very dangerous place, .what should he do? How does this truth pertain to warning others about hell?


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