5 THINGS IN HELL THAT THE
My text is found in the New Testament
book of Luke,
Chapter 16- verses 19-31. Many of you are familiar with the story of
the Rich man and Lazarus. They both Died but they didn't go to the same
place. The difference being that the Rich man was not a believer but
The Old Testament believers went to a place called
Abraham's bosom when they Died. This place was also called Paradise
below and It was a holding place in the lower parts of the earth. It
remained so until Jesus paid the ultimate price for the Sins of the
world at Calvary after which He ascended to the presence of The
Heavenly Father with His blood which was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat in
heaven where it remains as an everlasting token of redemption for
With that said, the rich man died without redemption.
Luke 16:23 reveals the story.
Luke 16:23- "And
in hell he lift up his eyes, being
in torment". I want to
mention 5 Things about Hell from
Luke chapter 16 that is needed
in the Church. If this sounds strange You will see my point a little
later in the message.
THE CHURCH NEEDS CRIES OF MERCY.
The Church needs people
crying out for
mercy because there are far too many lost souls sitting on
pews who have never truly been born
The sad thing is that the rich man cried too late! If you wait until
you are in hell it will be too late for you also!
Luke 16:24- "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".
(A)- Notice from verse
24 that Hell is a real place.
(B)- Notice that there is real crying in Hell.
(C)- Notice that there is real fire in Hell.
(D)- Notice that there is real torment in Hell.
If you are still alive it isn't too late to miss Hell. After you die it
will be too late!
(1)- Salvation is available if we only ask for it.
Psalms 85:7- David said- "Shew us thy mercy, O
Lord, and grant us
(2)- God is always ready to
Psalms 86:5- "For
thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto
all them that call upon thee".
THE CHURCH NEEDS GOD'S GOODNESS.
(1)- Remembering God's grace.
Luke 16:25- "But
Abraham said, Son Remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy
good things," My
question is, why didn't
man remember How good God had been to
him and repent of his sins
before he died?
(2)- Remembering God's goodness.
Romans 6:24- "For despiseth thou
the riches of His
goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentence?"
3- THE CHURCH NEEDS
(1)- The church needs a burden to pray for
the lost before sinners wind up in hell.
Luke 16:27-28 - "Then
he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to
my fathers house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto
them, lest they also come into this place of torment".
It was too late for the rich man to get a burden
but you can still make a difference in getting your family and friends
(2)- Prayer makes a difference!
James 5:16- "The
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". If you are a praying
parent your children will
most likely be saved and follow the Lord! Scripture tells us to train
up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not
depart from it. The Church needs Prayer!
THE CHURCH NEEDS BIBLICAL PREACHING.
The new testament church needs the preaching of God's word! Many
churches today have heaped to themselves teachers having itching ears,
wanting to hear a pretty song rather than the convicting power of God's
word! The Church needs Preaching
Corinthians 1:21- "For
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,
pleased God by the foolishness of
preaching to save them that believe".
old testament people had preaching from God's word!
16:29- "They have Moses and the Prophets; let
them hear them". Moses and the prophets were the written word of God
that plainly warned sinners to flee from the wrath to come.
10:17- "So then faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Romans 10:13 "For whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".
person doesn't take heed to God's word and repent of their sins while
asking the Lord Jesus Christ to come into their hearts, they will go
eternity without God or His Son!
THE CHURCH NEEDS REPENTANT PEOPLE.
Repentance is no good after death, so the thought of praying a person
out of purgatory like the rich man was asking is vain
thinking! Even sending a departed saint to warn people is vain thinking
as Abraham told the rich man!
16:30-31-The Rich man said, "If one
went to them from the
dead they will repent". but
Abraham told him that even
if a person from the dead went to his brethren, they would not believe.
Abraham reminded him that his brethren had already rejected the
scriptures. Once a person reject God's grace the Holy Spirit will turn
from them and they will die in their sins without God or His Son! The
Church needs people who have repented!
Demanded but it only works while a person is alive.
Acts 3:19- "Repent ye therefore and
be converted that your sins may be blotted out".
13:3- "Except ye repent ye shall all
likewise perish". It is not an option! It is a necessity!
Repentance is taking sides with God against yourself! David said in
Psalms 51:1-"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy
loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies
blot out my transgressions". The
old testament records many sins that King David committed but he was a
man who knew how to repent of his sins and ask God for forgiveness. We
need to learn valuable lessons from that fact even as christians.
people cry out for Mercy, God is more than ready to forgive Them and
save them by His grace! Jesus said, He that cometh unto me I will in no
wise cast out. When people truly remember the goodness of God,
have a basis for recognizing his love and grace. When people pray for
loved ones, God will move on behalf of their prayer and send the Holy
to convict them as well as do His part in bringing them to accept the
Lord's mercy and Grace. When people hear the Preaching of God's word a
change is on the way. Repentance is the only hope of eternal life and I
trust that you will ask Christ do a work of grace in your heart today!
Ask him to forgive your sin and to come into your hear to make you a
child of his. To place your sins under His blood and to write your name
in the Lamb's book of life in Heaven while making a public profession
of Christ as