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Summary: This sermon is about the reality of Hell and what it is like there. The sermon ends with a good illustration.

What Is It Like In Hell?

Matthew 25:31-34, 41-46

[31] "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

[32] All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

[33] And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Now skips down to Verse 41.

[41] Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

[42] for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

[43] I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

[44] Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'

[45] Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

[46] And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Several years ago, some dear friends of mine told me

they sat in church one Sunday morning

and heard the preacher say,

“Who’s to say there really is a Hell?”

I wonder what that preacher used to preach from?

I’ve heard some people say they plan to have parties in Hell

and have a good time with all their buddies who end up there.

How foolish can some people be?

Did you know there are more verses in the Bible about Hell

than there are about Heaven?

In today’s Bible passage, Jesus says there is a judgment.

The righteous enter heaven to enjoy everlasting life.

The wicked go into eternal punishment.

Hell is real.

Sin is a violation of the law of God.

1 John 3:4 says, Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

If there was no punishment for sin

that would make the death of Jesus useless.

Jesus had to die to pay for our sins

so that we could avoid the punishment we deserve.

The reality of life after death

also demands the reality of Hell.

Some people believe that when we die

there is no after life and we just cease to exist anymore.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells about the rich man and Lazarus.

Both men died.

The poor beggar Lazarus received comfort for the righteous,

the rich man received punishment for the wicked.

Point #1. Hell was originally prepared for Satan and his angels

[41] Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Listen also to Jude 6: And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;

So the devil, or as he is often call ‘Satan’, and the devil’s angels

are going to end up in “everlasting fire”.

Also there are fallen angels in “everlasting chains under darkness”

awaiting judgment.

We know that there have been and continued to be

men and women who refuse to accept Jesus as Savior,

join the devil in his work and live in service to him.

Therefore, they must suffer the same fate that will come to him.

Now, some will argue that Hell is contrary to the nature of God.

They cannot believe that a loving and merciful God

could create such a place like Hell

They cannot believe God would send people to a place like Hell.

Those people must not read the Bible.

God’s word clearly says He hates sin.

If no punishment were given for sin,

then God would not be just.

Being a just God, He will reward the righteous

and punish the wicked.

Hell is for the punishment of the wicked.

Many people wonder, “What Is Hell Like?”

Point #2. Hell is eternal.

[46] And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Hell is described as “everlasting punishment”.

Everlasting clearly means without end, never to cease.

Hell and the punishment given out there will last forever.

Point #3. Hell is a place of darkness.

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