The Bible Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

(II Thess. 1:3-9)

 

Introduction:

   * Tartarus part of Hadean realm (torment). Gehenna is eternal place of torment for condemned post-Judgment.

   * 2 misconceptions about Hell: 1) Doesn’t exist (false idea). 2) Those sentenced there won’t stay for eternity.

   * Gen. 1:26-27: Man made in image of God. He’s just more than temporal creature. Eternity awaits.

   * Skeptics repudiate eternal punishment.

      - Einstein –

 

      - Bertrand Russell –

   * Materialism – One theory is that man is totally mortal – no immortal soul. Thus, no eternal punishment.

   * Some religious folk repudiate everlasting Hell.

      - Jehovah’s Witness – Claim Hell is a place of _____________________ & ___________________ (see Mt. 5:22).

      - Seventh Day Adventists – Claim annihilation after period of punishment.

   * Lord’s church has had false teachers on this subject:

      - 1844, John Thomas, “Christadelphians” –

      - 1846, Jesse B. Ferguson –

      - 1982, Edward Fudge, “The Fire That Consumes” –

      - 1988, April – F. LaGard Smith –

 

1. Bible teaching on eternal punishment crystal clear!

   * Bible’s teaching on the soul: Immortal (Mt. 10:28), Incorruptible (I Pet. 3:4), John saw souls of dead (Rev. 6:9-11)

   * Faithful survive death of the body. What about unfaithful?

      - Psalmist described Sheol as place of pain; trouble & sorrow (Psalm 116:3).

      - Jonah – Said his time in fish’s belly like being in Sheol.

      - Daniel said condemned are raised to state of shame & everlasting torment.

      - Jesus said unprepared dead will suffer eternal punishment (Mt. 25:46).

      - Paul – II Thess 1:9: Those who obey not the _______________  ______  _________________ will suffer eternally.

      - Rev. 14:10-11 –

  

2. Bible’s description of Hell.

   * Matt. 25:41 – Worm dies not, ________________________________________________________________.

   * Mark 9:48 –

   * Matt. 25:30 – Place of outer ______________________ where there’s ________________ & gnashing of teeth.

   * Rev. 19:15 –

   * Final resting place for sinners is Gehenna.

   * “Valley of Hinnom”- place where children were offered to pagan god Molech (II Chron. 28:3; 33:6).

   * Finally became garbage dump for Jerusalem where constant fire burned. Appropriate name for place of eternal

      spiritual suffering.

   * Jesus spoke of Gehenna many times in Sermon On The Mount.

      - Mt. 5:22 –

      - Better to go through life maimed than end up in Gehenna – Mt. 5:29&30; ________________________.

      - Mt. 10:28/Lk. 12:5 –

      - Jewish leaders (Mt. 23:15) –                                                        Mt. 23:33 –

      - Jas. 3:6 – the tongue is “set on fire of hell.” Meaning? –

 

3. Eternal punishment and a loving God?

   * No one will be there who shouldn’t be! –

   * Lord doesn’t want any to perish (II Peter 3:9) –

   * When men choose path to Gehenna, God won’t force them to change (Acts 13:46).

   * Because God is just, evil must be punished! (Hab. 1:13, Psa. 89:14; Rev. 16:5).

   * God is both just and a justifier of those who obey (Rom. 3:24-26; Heb. 5:8-9).

   * Even in hell, judgment will be fair! (Mt. 10:15; 11:20-24; Lk. 12:47-48; Heb. 10:29; Rev. 20:12-13).

   * Jesus said more about Hell than Heaven! Heed His warnings and be saved today!

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  8/23/09 p.m.