Keith's Comments
Strutting Toward Hell
When Jesus died on the cross, he descended into Hell; not as a sinner, but as the 'bearer' of mankinds sins. In other words, He went into Hell, so we who receive Him as Lord and Savior won't have to:

"(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)" ( Ephesians 4:9-10 )

"He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption." ( Acts 2:31 )

There is no escape, no hope, no parole from Hell for those who don't know Jesus as their Lord and Savior:

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (2 Thessalonians 1:8)

Hell is literal and eternal. Who better to describe Hell than Jesus, Himself:

"fire" (Matthew 7:19, 13:40, 25:41)

"everlasting fire" (Matthew 18:8, 25:41)

"eternal damnation" (Mark 3:29)

"damnation" (Matthew 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47)

"damnation of hell" (Matthew 23:33)

"resurrection of damnation" (John 5:29)

"furnace of fire" (Matthew 13:42, 13:50)

"the fire that never shall be quenched" (Mark 9:43, 9:45)

"the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44, 9:46, 9:48)

"Where their worm dieth not" (Mark 9:44, 9:46, 9:48)

"wailing and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 13:42, 13:50)

"weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30)

"torments" (Luke 16:23)

"tormented in this flame" (Luke 16:24)

"place of torment" (Luke 16:28)

"outer darkness" (Matthew 8:12, 22:13)

"everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46)

God does not condemn anyone to Hell. Man condemns himself for not placing his faith and trust in Jesus:

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)

Pastor Adrian Rogers once said, 'There are many strutting toward Hell thinking they're good enough to escape it'. Pastor Rogers statement is correct, because the Bible says we cannot work our way to salvation:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

There is nothing you can do that's good enough to save you. You can live a good honest life, become a member of your local church, or donate time and money to good causes; but none of these things, or any other 'good deeds', can save you. You must place your faith in Jesus:

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

If you would like to receive Jesus' free gift of eternal life with Him, please visit our Salvation page. And if you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, praise God for His grace and mercy! If you don't know Him in this way, don't think you can achieve Heaven by being too good to go to Hell.

Keith

09-02-2003

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