Why be a Witness

Why Be A Witness

Pastor Marc Smith W3Faith Church Palm Harbor, Florida September 7th 2017

I. There is a hell

A. For those not accepting God’s offer of grace

  • People must understand this

B. Universal Salvation

  • Crept into the body of Christ
  • False teaching latter days
  • Teaches God will reconcile everyone to Himself
  • Even Satan and those in hell
  • Hell is a state of mind

C. Limited punishment

  • Not eternal resting place
  • Again false teaching
  • Luke 7:47 “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to who little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
II. Ultimate sacrifice

A. Paid in full

  • Sacrificed His Son
  • 2Corinthians 5:21 “For He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

B. Sin has to be judged

  • It was in the sacrifice of Jesus
  • Romans 6:23 “But the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • I Peter 2:24 “ who himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed.”
  • Reject Christ as Lord
  • Pay the ultimate price eternity in hell
  • John 16:8-9 “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement: of sin because they do not believe in me.”
  • Jesus became sin
  • Unrecognizable as a human
  • Isiah 52:14 “Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.”

C. Hebrew word she’owl

  • OT translates hell 31 times
  • Translates grave 31 times
  • Grave is where godly go after death
  • Hell where ungodly go after death

D. Before Jesus resurrection

  • Everyone went to the center of the earth when they died
  • Two compartments
  • Abraham’s bosom or paradise
  • 2nd place hell place of torment
  • Luke 16:19-26 The story of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man who would not give him crumbs from his table dogs came and licked his sores.(Read)

E. In she’owl or hell can see across the gulf

  • Felt pain, thirst, could see and communicate
  • With those in paradise
  • What they can’t do is leave or die

D. Jesus went to hell

  • Took the keys of hell and death
  • Set the captives free- those in paradise
  • Rev. 1:18 “I am He who lives and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
  • Ephesians 4:9-10 “Now this, “He ascended what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
III. Heaven where believers now go

A. Till the end of the age

  • New heaven and new earth
  • Revelation 21:1-4 Talks about a new heaven and new earth Funeral message (Read)

B. Lake of fire

  • Hell no longer in the center of the earth
  • Revelation 20:14 “Then Death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” separation from God for eternity.
  • Matthew 25:41 “Then He will say to those on the left hand , depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angles.”

C.The righteous

  • Mathew 25:34 “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.”

D. The unrighteous Matthew 25:41 that we just read

  • Hell not intended for man
  • Revelation 20:10 “The devil, who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
IV. God does not honor same people as the world honors

A. Rich man had everything

  • Home, cloths,
  • Luke 16:15 “And He said to them, you are those who justify `yourselves toward men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
  • Never showed the beggar mercy
  • Fancy funeral, thousands in attendance etc.
  • Left to rot in the grave
  • Beggar carried away by angels

B. No 2nd chances

  • Pleaded for mercy
  • Abraham could do nothing
  • No mercy, no hope, no goodness

C. Heaven or Hell

  • Only one sin brings hell
  • Rejecting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
  • John 16:8-9 which we read earlier
  • Need to be witnesses
  • Hell is real
  • How will people avoid it if we don’t witness about Christ.

The choice is yours and mine if people are going to have a chance to avoid hell. The lake of fire separation from God for eternity the 2nd death.