Don Heberly
by Bro. Don Heberly
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Hell is not an uplifting study; but, it might be an awakening one for someone who is yet lost. "Lost" describes a condition of one who is estranged from God by sin. "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.", Luke 19:10.

Each and everyone "was lost" "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;", Romans 3:23. Since we have all sinned, therefore we are lost. And we remain lost until we are saved by faith in Jesus as Saviour.

Hell is the sinner's final destiny.

One, Jesus, can change the course. Let's review what sin brings at the end. Jesus Himself opened up the specter of Hell so we could see it, in Luke 16:19-26. Jesus is telling of it - - - He would not lie. Hebrews 4:16 says He ". . . . was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sins.". Let's observe a few facts:

(a) Hell is a 'PLACE", Luke 16:28.

(b) They were CONSCIOUS; as being "tormented" shows, vss. 23, 24, 25, 28.

(c) There is NO REPRIEVE, vs. 26.

(d) The "torment" is from an understandable source, "THIS FLAME", vs. 24. In years past I heard folk quip, using the term 'hells fire'. One can literally shudder at that thought.

This 'sneak preview' of hell is given, and should be a real eye opener for those who:

(1) shun the church or gathering when the Gospel is presented. For it is the"gospel of Christ", Romans 1:16.

(2) Which gospel is used of the Holy Spirit to convict you of your sinfulness.

(3) The Word and the Spirit points to Jesus as Saviour, by repentance and faith, Mark 1:15.

(4) Christ is our only hope: ". . . Sirs what must I do to be saved? And they said , Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,...", Acts 16:30-31.

You see, he was instructed, was repentant, and told to look to Jesus in faith - - - he did, and thereafter "rejoiced", 34.

Hell is horrible - - - Salvation is sublime! DDH.

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