Summary: Heaven or Hell are the only choices
What will be beyond this life?
MT. 25:32-34, 41, 46
When we look at life here we might wonder is this all there is. The bible is very clear in letting us know that this not the end of our lives but there is an after life. In the very beginning God created Adam and Eve to live forever for they were created in the image of God who is forever. When sin entered the world Adam and Eve lost there forever ness, were driven out of the garden and did not have close communion with God as at the beginning. At the entrance to the garden was placed an angel with a flaming sword which turned everyway to guard the tree of life. Adam and Eve could never get back to the tree of life. When Jesus came and gave His life for us it opened the way to the tree of life. Which means, we can, once again live forever. Our souls will live forever but we have to make the choice as to where our forever is. There are only two choices: Heaven is for those who have been redeemed and hell is for those have not chosen to let Christ into their lives. The Bible tells us that “it is appointed unto man once to die.” It is God who will judge at that time whether we enter heaven or depart from Him forever. So we are asking this morning are you living to go to heaven or hell. Let us look at the facts.
I. Let us first talk about heaven.
A. Heaven is a place. Jesus said the night before he died on the cross, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
1. He did not mean a place that we think about or imagine.
2. It is a place of many rooms or mansions. The Bible tells us that Jesus came down from heaven. He left
the earth to return to heaven.
B. We are told heaven is a prepared place. Jesus is the one who is preparing it for us. It will be a place of
Comfort where t here will be no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain, no more separation, no
more heartache, no more death. It is a place for prepared people. Only those who sins have been
washed in the blood of Jesus and walk in obedience. Those who have chosen to walk in their sin and
follow the ways of the devil and this world will barred from entering.
C. Heaven is a desired place. Heaven is a word that even to the people who live in sin like to hear and
means a good place or feeling. When it comes to funerals for Christians it is spoken of where the
Soul had gone to live forever.
D. Heaven is an eternal place. God had no beginning or ending and His habitation is heaven so we
must conclude that heaven is a forever place.
II. Now let us talk about hell.
A. We turn to Luke 16:19-26 to turn back the curtain that Jesus does to show us the horrible destiny of those who refuse to believe and follow Christ.
B. The Bible is the authority and Jesus is the Word of God. He speaks of heaven as a wonderful place
And also speaks of hell as a horrible place.
C. Heel is place of suffering, agony, pain, distress and torment. Hell is not as some believe the grave.
It is not a state of mind. It is not a punishment we might receive here on earth. It is a place prepared
for the devil and his angels.
D. There are no stops between death and hell. Luke 16:22-23 “The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment.
E. Hell is described as a place of unimaginable suffering. The word says “being in torments, I’m tormented in this flame and you are tormented. Whatever you can think of the worst torment could be this is much worse.
F. One is conscious in hell and knows he is there. This man who was rich in this life knew where he was. The Bible tells that the soul never dies. This man experienced the second death the Bible tells will happen to those who do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
G. Hell is an eternal punishment. I would like to say it is only until you improve your life or that you can work your way out. Whenever the Bible speaks of the hereafter it always refers to it with the words “eternal, everlasting, and never-ending.”
III. Who will be in Hell?
A. Rev. 20:15”Those whose names were not found in the Book of Life were thrown into the fiery lake.” “Anyone whose name was not found inscribed in the Book of Life was hurled into Lake Fire.”