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What Is Hell? (2 of 4)
Last week we began our study of the Doctrine of Hell by addressing the question -
Why Study the Doctrine of Hell? We said -
1. Because of the Weight of Biblical Evidence
2. Because of the Threat of It's Closeness
3. Because of the Predominance of Error
This week we are going a step further in our journey to talk about some of the particular aspects of WHAT we know about Hell from God's Word.
TEXT: Hebrews 6:1-2 (ESV)
1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
So we see that a basic understanding of the reality of Hell was considered something you convey to new believers in the early church. Every christian should be able to communicate a good doctrine of hell.
There seems to be a universal expectation of the reality of hell - you may be surprised to know that most all world religions have some for of Hell. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism.
Simultaneously, the oldest lie in the book is that judgement is a lie, there are NO consequences… Satan told Eve what? You will not surely die…
According to Grudem's Systematic Theology -
Hell - is a place of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked.
1. Hell is a real place created by God.
a. Hell is a real place
Most of the time the word is used in popular culture it is used Metaphorically. Life is hell, I've been through hell.
In actuality that is not true and has never been true - Hell is a real place. It is not an imaginative way to describe our sorrows, it has dimensions spatially. We don't know where it is - the characteristic biblical description is outside.
Somewhere in God's universe there is a place called Hell.
Following the parable of the talents - Ma ...
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