Why Will Someone Go to Hell?


Okay, this will be brief but poignant. I am not debating whether you think hell is real. I am not debating whether you think everyone will go to heaven. I am not debating whether you believe. God has established a truth. As a consequence, our belief has no bearing on HIS truth. Just as we do not impact or impair the rising of the sun or the going down of the same, we will not impact or impair other established works and truths of God.

Why Will Someone Go to Hell? Jesus provides that answer two verses after perhaps the most recognizable verse (John 3:16) in the bible. Listen

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

The him in the first part of the refers to the Son of God, Jesus. The bible proclaims Jesus as the Son of God as well as God’s means to save the world from God’s wrath for our disobedience/sin. God sent Jesus into the world, so that man could escape condemnation. God sent Jesus to save the world. The world is under condemnation because it rejects God. The Apostle Paul repeats why Jesus came into the world in 1 Timothy 1:1515 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners….”

Condemn is defined as a sentence to a particular punishment, or to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on, or to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service. In our world, we most see condemned property, but in God’s Word, we see condemned people – those who reject God’s salvation only found in Jesus. We see this again in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” Matthew Henry says, “Unbelief may truly be called the great damning sin, because it leaves us under the guilt of all our other sins; it is a sin against the remedy, against our appeal.” The word for believe here is pisteuō (pē-styü’-ō) which means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God who brings salvation from our sins, AND our lives must reflect that. We cannot simply say I believe and not live like it. 1 John 1:6 tells us that, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

Why Will Someone Go to Hell? He/She will go to hell because they are already condemned, deemed unfit and under punishment for their sin. God provides a remedy in Jesus Christ, but he/she rejects Christ as God’s remedy for their condemnation. As a consequence, he/she stands condemned. Will you truly believe and trust in Christ.

 

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