The Reality of Hell


There are those who believe in a place called hell and there are those who don’t believe hell. If anyone claims to be a Christ-follower, then we understand and believe from the Scriptures that hell is a very real place. The reality of hell is not here on earth, but it is a place as defined by Wayne Grudem “of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked.” His definition of hell is true. For the holy writ tells us that it is a place that is real and cannot be denied. It is a place of torment, gnashing of teeth, agony, pain, and it is everlasting fire that burns and is unquenchable.

Jesus Christ speaks of this place in Luke 16:19-31. Some interpret this story as a parable while others say that it is an actual story. I hold to the latter view for a few reasons. First, the story is never called a parable. Many other of Jesus’ stories are designated as parables, such as the sower and the seed (Luke 8:4); the prosperous farmer (Luke 12:16); the barren fig tree (Luke 13:6); and the wedding feast (Luke 14:7). Second, the story of the rich man and Lazarus uses the actual name of a person. This is different because He doesn’t use names in parables. In fact, after speaking a friend of mine recently about this story, he believes that perhaps this may have happened during Jesus’ earthly ministry. I tend to agree with him on this point. At any rate, such specificity would set it apart from ordinary parables, in which the characters are not named. Third, this particular story does not seem to fit the definition of a parable, which is a presentation of a spiritual truth using an earthly illustration. The story presents spiritual truth directly without any earthly metaphor. The setting for most of the story is the afterlife, as opposed to the parables, which unfold in earthly contexts.

Whether the story is a parable or a true incident (again, I believe it is a true incident), the teaching behind it remains the same. Jesus Christ plainly used this story to teach that aft death the unrighteous are eternally separated from God, that they remember their rejection of the Gospel, that they are in torment, and that their condition cannot be remedied.

In Luke 16:19-31, we find the rich man is looking up from a place called “hades.” Hades has a number of different definitions. It is a concept that is found in the Gentile notion of the “underworld.” In the Old Testament it is known as “sheol.” The New Testament has “hades” as meaning the grave, hell, lake of fire, Gehenna, etc. It is also known as barathrum, the netherworld, Pandemonium, perdition, the pit, or Tophet. Dr. Wayne Grudem, in his systematic theology, defines hell in the following manner: “Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked.” And this is where the rich man in the story is: a place of conscious punishment after the final judgment. The Bible is clear, that “inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus Christ even says in Matthew 25:41, 46:

Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels….46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

This text indicates the eternality of both life and punishment and indicates that both states will without end–they are eternal–they are forever.

But is hell real? Is it possible for us to know the reality of hell? Some think they have seen hell on earth. However, dear ones, from the way the Bible describes hell we have not seen anything like it. We may think we have, but it is truly a place that is unbearable. We can bear much of what we endure here on earth. We learn how to persevere in the midst of trials, tribulations, and persecutions. But there is no rest for those who are in hell. Hell is real. It is also known as the “lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15 says:

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and the death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This second death is the lake of fire. However, the reason I say that in the story that we read in Luke 16:19-31, even though Jesus uses the word Hades, is speaking of the lake of fire is because of what the rich man says in verse 24:

“Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.”

It is obvious from his statement that he is first conscious of his punishment, and second, that he is burning in agony from a “flame.” And this is eternal. If hell is on earth, then it is not eternal, but Revelation 14:9-11 is very clear about the eternality of hell:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength int he cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone int he presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torment god sup forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

It is a flame that is real, eternal, and it is also unquenchable. It lasts forever and those who reside there are there in conscious punishment because of their wickedness. Jesus Christ says in Mark 9:43, 44, 47, 48:

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched….If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”

Notice that there is torment there and it is a place of judgment as well. Hell, the lake of fire, has the purpose of eternal righteous judgment. I know people do not like to think of “judgment,” especially God’s judgment. However, we need to know about it. We need to know that hell is real, eternal, unquenchable, and its purpose is because of the wickedness of men and the holiness of Almighty God. Acts 17:30, 31 says:

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.

Second Peter 2:4-10 says:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous should tormented day after day by their lawless deeds, then he Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

This final judgment is the culmination of many precursors in which God rewards righteousness and punishes unrighteousness, and this has been happening since the dawn of history. While He brought blessing and deliverance from danger to those who were faith to Him, He also from time to time brought judgment on those who persisted in disobedience and unbelief: His judgments include the flood, the dispersion of the people from the tower of Babel, the judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah, and continuing judgments throughout history, both on individuals and on nations who persist in sin (cf. Romans 1:18-32; Isaiah 12-23). He has even brought judgment on angelic beings who sinned against Him (cf. 2 Peter 2:4). If anything, this should make us realize the immensity of the evil that is found in sin and rebellion against God, and the magnitude of the holiness and the justice of God that calls forth this kind of punishment.

And this reality of hell should also stir our spirits. If we are never met with deep sorrow when we contemplate this doctrine on hell, then there is a serious deficiency in our spiritual and emotional sensibilities. Paul the apostle is moved by the doctrine of hell when he writes in Romans 9:1-5:

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and promises, whose are the fathers and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

The reason it is so hard for us to think about hell, as Grudem says, is because “God has put in our hearts a portion of His own love for people created in His image, even His love for sinners who rebel against Him. As long as we are in this life, and as long as we see and think about others who need to hear the gospel and trust in Christ for salvation, it should cause us great distress and agony of spirit to think about eternal punishment. Yet we must also realize that whatever God in His wisdom has ordained and taught in Scripture is right. Therefore we must be careful that we do not hate this doctrine or rebel against it, but rather we should seek, insofar as we are able, to come to the point where we acknowledge that eternal punishment is good and right, because in God there is no unrighteousness at all…We must believe that eternal punishment is true and just, yet we should also long that even those people who most severely persecute the church should come to faith in Christ and thus escape eternal condemnation.”

Charles Finney, that great evangelist of old says, “When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city.” This is why sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is of utmost and urgent importance. Even though hell is real, we can also know that Heaven is for certain for those who believe in Jesus Christ unto salvation.

Notice that while the rich man looks up to where Lazarus is, he comes to the certainty that Lazarus, this poor man while on earth, with sores all over his body, who was at the gate of the rich man just wanting to eat whatever crumbs fell of the rich man’s table, while dogs were licking his sores, there he is in Abraham’s bosom. He is at peace. He is comfortable. He is not hungry any longer. He is not in pain from all the sores. And it seems pretty rich for the rich man who never helped poor Lazarus while on earth asks for him to be able to dip his finger in water to cool off his tongue because of his own pain and agony (Luke 16:24). Again, Dr. Wayne Grudem defines Heaven this way: “Heaven is a place where God most fully makes known His presence to bless those whom He has saved.” It is a place not a state of mind. It is not merely bliss or paradise, but it is where God’s presence is “most fully known to those whom He has saved.” Lazarus is saved and is in the presence of God while the rich man is lost and is burning in the lake of fire.

And what of this Heaven? If hell was created as a place of eternal punishment for the wicked, then what of Heaven? It is a pain free place that is prepared for those whom Jesus Christ will gather unto Himself. John 14:1-4 says:

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.

It is place that He has made for Himself and for those who have believed His Gospel–the Good News of Jesus Christ–that He died according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised again according to the Scriptures (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is not a state of mind but it is a real place as described in Revelation 21:15-17:

The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.

This heaven that has been prepared for those who have believed Jesus Christ is an astounding 1,500 square. It is a cube that is forty times bigger than England and is ten times as big as France or Germany and far larger than India. If Heaven was situated in the United States it would go from the Appalachian Mountains to the California border, and it would stretch from Canada to Mexico. Given the dimensions of a 1,500 mile cube, if the city consisted of different levels (we don’t know this), and if each story were a generous twelve feet high, the city could have over 600,000 stories!

Even though hell is real, heaven is for certain for those who believe in Jesus Christ! What about your neighbor? Have they believed? What about you? Have you believed? What about your father? Your mother? Your sister? Your brother? Your nieces and nephews? Have they believed? What about the person who served you lunch today at the restaurant? Do they believe? Heaven is for certain for all who believe.

* This article is adapted from Wayne A. Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House, 2004), 1140-1153.

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All Hands on Deck!


“All hands on deck!” is an expression that dates back to the 1700s. Hands is another word for sailors and deck is a part of the boat or ship. In a storm or other emergency, the captain might yell “All hands on deck!” and this is the command for all the sailors to come to the deck of the ship to help navigate whatever storm is at hand. Hands are anybody that is close by to help what’s happening where the deck is, or in this analogy, where the one speaking is. Moreover, when the clarion call “All hands on deck!” goes out it is usually in the midst of a time of crisis. By extension, everyone available to help during a time of crisis is to respond. It is a call for all to help in times of need. It is a call for all to help in times of desperation. It is a call for all to help when it is a matter of life or death.

Today, more than any other time in my lifetime, we are in the midst of a crisis. Our society is going the way of Rome. We are being destroyed from within, not from without. Too often we look to the borders and the walls that should be built, but there are those in our own Nation who are working against her. This has been going on not just since the so-called “sexual revolution” of the 1960s (this took place in Genesis 4!), not just after President John F. Kennedy was assinated (although our Nation took a drastic turn then), but it goes as far back as President Theodore Roosevelt. He was a progressive (otherwise known as a liberal, although a Republican). Now it is a time where it matters not which party to which you subscribe: progressivism is the plight of our current crisis and it is leading more and more people down a path that will surely lead to a great calamity in their ultimate journey. The reason being is that it is a humanistic philosophy that is ruling the day. It is the relativism of the post-modern world. It is the “anything goes” mentality. It is the “feel good” society no matter at what cost. It is the “this is my truth, and that is your truth” mentality.

“What in the world are you talking about?” I’ll tell you right now. We are seeing people around us as walking dead men. They are alive but dead, lost in their sins and trespasses and they are propogating notions that go against the very expressed Word of God, the Bible; in other words, they are in a stubborn and obstinate rebellion against God! They claim that all there is to this life is what we have and that’s it. They are dead in sins and trespasses and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. They worship the creation rather than the Creator. They give in to unnatural uses for their bodies (Romans 1:18-32). They give in to abortion, infanticide, and euthenasia. There is a crisis in our midst and the clarion call of Jesus Christ is “All hands on deck!” People around us have a desparate need to have their sins forgiven. They are in such a state of unawareness as they are being blinded by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). They are in desparate need to have their sins washed away by the very blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The call of “All hands on deck” is found in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20:

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

This is the call! It’s not just the ministers who are paid that are supposed to be answering this call. It is the call that goes forth to every member of the Body of Jesus Christ. We need to come to the realization that Jesus Christ is King and we are subject to His Majesty! He commands us that while we are going, we are to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them. It’s in the progression of our lives that as we identify with Him we are to help those who are far from the Lord Jesus Christ to come to Him for salvation nd to find their identity in Him. It’s not just the progression of our identity in Him, but it is what He desires for us to do. We can gain all the knowledge of the Scriptures and come to church every time the doors are opened. But what does that matter if we are not living obediently to the King of kings and the Lord of lords? What does it matter for us to gain knowledge and to do nothing with what we have learned from Him and His Word? What good is this treasure of salvation if we don’t share the treasure with those who are in desparate need?

I do understand the excuses that each of us has. I have them as well; make no mistake, I’m just as human as you are! Dr. J.D. Greear, current Presiden of the Southern Baptist Convention, helps us to understand the excuses that we have when he lists them in this way:

  1. Spiritual lethargy. This take place when we fail to obey. A lack of growth inevitably leads to a diminished desire to share Jesus Christ with others.
  2. Growing inclusiveness. “All religions lead to God” is a prevailing opinion in the economy of our day. Sometimes this view affirms Jesus Christ is not the only way to salvation, but He can be found in other “good religions.” It’s a subtle belief that somehow “good” followers will make it to heaven outside of true Christ-centered conversion.
  3. Disbelief in hell. This undermines the urgency of placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ alone. One must escape the wrath of God, and Jesus Christ is the only refuge.
  4. Busyness. The unchurched need us to tell them about Jesus Christ. This needs to be on our to-do list. What priority do you give to reaching the lost?
  5. Fear of rejection. Research shows that only one in four unchurched persons will be resistent to faith discussion which means that 75% are open. The few with an antagonistic attitude are not rejecting you personally; their anger is merely a reflection of something in their past or in the present. This should not deter us from being open about our belief in Jesus Christ.
  6. A desire to be tolerant. The gospel is, in some sense, intolerant. The one true God insists there can be no other gods. He is a jealous God. The Christ-centered message speaks of a “narrow way” and “no other name under heaven” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  There is no room for another belief in order to be saved from our sins and trespasses.
  7. Losing the habit of witnessing. For many reasons, you may have quit witnessing. Witnessing is a discipline. It can be regained!
  8. Lack of accountability. When you have someone holding you accountable, it can increase your zeal for witnessing. Who do you have close to you that holds you to account for witnessing? If you have no one of whom you can think, then it’s time for you to prayerfully consider to whom you will be accountable. Certainly, and this is without a shadow of a doubt, we are held to account by Jesus Christ for not telling others about His love, grace, mercy, and saving power.
  9. Failure to invite. When was the last time you invited an unchurched person to church? Have you offered to take someone to church or meet them? It’s such a simple gesture that can have a significant outcome.
  10. The church is not intent on reaching the lost. It is said it takes up to 85 church members to reach an unsaved person. What a terrible ratio. Churches must regain their passion for the lost for us to see others come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.*

To get past our excuses means that we need to become intentional about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is Good News! Nay! It’s the BEST NEWS! Jesus Christ died according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised again according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)! He did this first to glorify our Heavenly Father and then to save us from our sin and ourselves.

So what do we each need to do? We need to mature in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It takes having a winsome attitude to win some to the Lord Jesus Christ. It takes us expressing the peace that passes all understanding even in the midst of the crises of life that come our way. When the clarion call of our Captain is “All hands on deck!” it means that we are the first out of our bunks (pews/chairs) and are on the deck to come to our Captain’s side. It means that as we are going through this journey called life we are telling others about this great and wonderful and best news that Jesus Christ is still able to save anyone who believes Him unto salvation! Sure, there will be those with whom you speak that will not believe and there will be those who do believe.

But as John Newton once wrote, “When I get to heaven I shall see three wonders there. The first wonder will be, to see many people there whom I did not expect to see–the second wonder will be, to miss many people whom I did expct to see; and the third and greatest wonder of all, will be to find myself there.” How true this statement is! You will share the Gospel as you are going and you’ll be surprised that the person who said “no” at the time is in heaven with you because you shared Jesus Christ. And there will be those with whom you shared the exact same message and they said they believed but they really didn’t. And we will all be praising the Lord at the wonder of His choosing to save us in our most wretched state of sins and trespasses against His Holy Majesty, King Jesus!

So it’s “All hands on deck!” It’s all of us going as obedient servants of our King and Master and doing what He has told us to do. He has told us that as we are going, we are to make disciples, baptize those who become believers in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and we are to teach others to observe all that He has commanded us to do. This is what “All hands on deck!” means, dear ones. This is the clarion call in our society’s most desparate hour, and that most desparate hour is now!

* “The Importance of One.” J.D. Great, Who’s Your One?, NAMB, 2019.

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Do You Have a Troubled Heart?


Do you have a troubled heart? Are you worried–or can I spiritualize it–concerned about what’s happening in the economy of your life right now? I know that I have a troubled heart now and then and it’s so hard to find relief at times. But if there is one thing that I have found, and I believe it’s the right thing, if I turn to Jesus Christ when my heart is troubled, I tend to see my troubles slip away and calmness, a peace that passes all understanding, comes upon me. I turn my attention to what He says in John 14:1-6 which says:

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

How are these verses supposed to help us calm a troubled heart? Notice first of all how Jesus says we don’t have to have a troubled heart because of who He is. He says very clearly believe in God, believe also in Me. He is equating Himself with God the Father. In other words, because He is of the exact same substance, same essence, He can speak to us and tell us to not have a troubled heart. Now this is not a mere suggestion on His part either. Jesus gives us a command by saying do not let your heart be troubled. There is a decision that we need to make to allow our hearts not to be troubled. But this decision is very exclusive because Jesus says to believe in God, believe also in Me. This means that our decision is to believe Jesus is who He says that He is: Jesus is God–in essence, in substance, holding every perfection that God holds without limitation.

Jesus Christ then says that once we make the decision to believe Him to be God, then we can believe that He is going to have a room for us in that He is preparing. Now it generally takes anywhere from six months to two years to build a house, depending on the size of the house. But He has been preparing our dwelling place for over 2,000 years at this point! Can you imagine what type of place He has prepared for those of us who have believed Him? And then He qualifies His statement by saying that if it were not so, I would have told you. This means that He is speaking the truth to us. He doesn’t lie because He is God and God cannot lie because there is no variation with Him. There’s nothing that He would say that is false or has error. What He says IS and SHALL BE–no ifs, ands, or buts about it, satisfaction guaranteed!

Then He declares I will come again and receive you to Myself. We need to understand that this is both a time of rejoicing and a time of grief. It is a time of grief because when Jesus Christ returns He will be coming in judgment. Now I understand that people don’t like to hear about judgment and that today’s mantra is don’t judge me, you don’t know me! But we need to understand that He knows us perfectly well–even better than we know ourselves! Let’s not be so foolish as to think that we can get away with our sin, whatever sin in which we find ourselves or have done or are doing or will do. There is a wage for sin and that wage is death according to the Scriptures.

But the good news is that Jesus Christ is also coming again and will receive those who have believed Him for who He is! He will come again and when He does, He will receive us unto Himself. What a glorious thought! We will be with Him and He will be with us in physical form. We will see Him in all of His glory, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. We will hear the throngs of those who have believed and gone before us singing their praises to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We will hear the multitudes of angelic beings who are also praising Him with the saints. It will be a symphony like no other saying, Worthy is the Lamb! You can think of those that you know that have believed Jesus Christ unto salvation who have gone on before, and you can imagine what it is that they are seeing and hearing, can’t you? I can. I think of my twin sister, my grandparents, some friends, fellow church members, and others that I have heard or known who are now gone from here and are present there. The Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. What glory! What grace! What mercy!

Thomas, however, says that he is unsure about all of this. I like Thomas because he is the person that represents all of us. All of us have wondered about the validity of all that has already been said by Jesus Christ. We all wonder if this is the truth, and if it is, we wonder how we might be held to account for either believing or not believing. Some will even deny the existence of the Lord but that doesn’t change the fact that He is who He is or that He exists. Whether one believes or not, He is.

Now Thomas is not questioning whether or not Jesus Christ is who He claims to be, rather, He is wondering where He is going and the way that He is going. Jesus Christ has already told his disciples that He was going to have to suffer death–a cruel death  upon a Cross. But Thomas apparently hasn’t gotten His message as of yet. Sometimes this is just like us. We hear these things and sometimes they don’t click right away. But there is a time in our lives when our own mortality comes to our minds and we begin to wonder if there is a way for us to live eternally. We want to leave a legacy or continue living. It’s innate because God placed eternity in the heart of every person. The problem is that man has exchanged the truth of God for a lie. Man has worshiped the creation rather than the Creator. This is evident with climate change enthusiasts and secular humanists as a whole. Thomas is revealing us as these people who look everywhere else except to Jesus Christ. We think we know God, but in reality we don’t because we don’t look to where He is nor do we seek Him out.

I’m so glad that Jesus Christ doesn’t leave Thomas–doesn’t leave us–to fend for ourselves when it comes to our eternity. He says very clearly I am the way, and the truth; and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Thomas received his answer. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Notice that He uses a definite article to boot. He’s not merely a way, a truth, a life, but rather, He is the way, the truth, and the life. In other words, He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life that leads us to the Father. I cannot work my way to Him, I cannot have “my truth” or “your truth” or anyone else’s truth. He is truth because He cannot be anything but true in all that He says and does because He is God. Do you believe this? I do! Without any shadow of doubt, I believe Him! He is the only way to Heaven where the saints who have gone before us are. He is the only truth that helps us to understand who He is and how through Him we can go to Heaven. He is the only life that we have so we can not only leave a legacy here, but have everlasting life.

And this is why we don’t have to have a troubled heart today…or any day.

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