Summary: But this story is different because it is factual, there are many spiritual truths within it no doubt, but it is a story about two real men and two real places. That’s why the Lord begins this story by saying: ’There was’, in verse 19, ’a certain man’...
"An Education From Hell"
Turn with me to Luke chapter 16, Luke chapter 16.
Those of you who are here this morning will know that I announce the subject as "An Education from Hell".
I want to look at this portion of Scripture, and please do note that this is not a parable, for often parables that the Lord Jesus told were not true stories in the sense of real stories, but,,,but He conjured them up in His mind to illustrate a particular spiritual truth.(amen)
But this story is different because it is factual, there are many spiritual truths within it no doubt, but it is a story about two real men and two real places. That’s why the Lord begins this story by saying: ’There was’, in verse 19, ’a certain man’...
There is one divide in humanity: those that are saved and those who are lost! Now my question to you today is simple:,,,, are you living for time, or are you living for eternity? Are you living for things that are seen, or things that are unseen?
(Read The Scripture)
"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead".
Let’s pray: Our Father, we sense Thy presence with us. Lord, we just pray and hope and trust that Thou art here to save, and to bring lost sheep home. So we ask for Thy help and for Thy voice to be heard. We claim that promise that Thy sheep hear Thy voice, and they follow Thee. We pray that today Thou wilt give them eternal life, and that none of them will perish. Amen.
The Lord Jesus told of two men. One man was rich,,, one man was poor,,,.
That is the division of life, the division of the class system. Some are better off, some are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, some have greater privileges, and some work their way up the ladder.,,, But nevertheless it is a very real division that you can see with,,,with your own eye here in our society today... One was rich and one,,, was poor, both died - but one went to heaven and one went to hell.
If rich and poor is the division of life, heaven and hell is the division of death. It is the only division, for when you get into eternity there is not a tab on the back of your neck that tells God whether you were a Protestant or a Roman Catholic. There is nothing in your heart that will tell God with His laser eyes that you were moral or immoral, that you were religious or irreligious. There is simply the divide of those who were saved by the grace of God and those who are not. Those who are saved by God’s grace will end up in heaven, and those who have rejected the grace of God and the Son of God will end up in hell.
Those who are saved by God’s grace will end up in heaven, and those who have rejected the grace of God and the Son of God will end up in hell ,,,