“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:23)
And then what? When the conversation with Abraham was over, what did the rich man do? He knew for a fact that all hope was gone, this is where he was going to spend all eternity in, there was no escape, and there is still none, for thousands of years this has been his and others existence, pain, suffering, endless torment, both physically in a way we cannot understand, and emotionally, which in a small way we can.
That moment when a loved one dies, that moment in time lasting forever.
Intellectually there may always be some form of hope, although never realized, a false hope that perhaps God will forgive, that He will change His mind, I do not know what those in hell think. But I do know this, unless you contemplate these truths, deeply and with great intent, you will never be an effectual witness for Christ. “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess. 1:10)
These days of apostacy seem to have proven the point spoken of in Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The central focus of many who have been born-again is now themselves, not those on the path to eternal damnation, their lives are more important than those on the way to hell. It has been a successful endeavor by our adversary, coercing those who have been chosen by the Almighty to continuously seek for His favor, His blessings on themselves instead of reaching out to a lost and sinful world, and it has led us to where we are today.
Few sermons on Sunday morning attempt to convict those in attendance to be messengers for the Lord, instead at best there is the message of “Bring them to church, just get them to walk through those doors and we’ll take it from there.” It fulfills part of the Scriptures, men will be lovers of self. My walk, my obedience as it relates to me, not my service to God by reaching out to others for His glory.
It is impossible to love your neighbor if you do not warn your neighbor.
I wonder at times about those in heaven today, those who knew what they were called to do, and did not do it, who knew they were to speak to others in an attempt to help them see the wrath that they were under while alive and did not do so. How many trips to hell does it take to find that person and tell them you are sorry, what good would it do, they are not leaving that place. Do not think that you could have changed the outcome, it is God that chooses, but you know in your heart as you see them in torment that you said nothing.
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Eze. 3:18) I do not know what that means, I do not believe anyone alive knows, but I believe that those in heaven who did not speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, who did not warn those that now reside in hell know, the blood of those they were to speak to is on them.
A loss of rewards? A continuously never-ending feeling of great remorse? I do not know, but I know this, I am guilty of it, we all are.
If you realize the truth of heaven, then you know the truth of hell, if you have been saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ you will never know His wrath, you will never experience the eternity of torment that those who died in their sins will. But that does not allow you to disregard your obligation today.
You have been sent to speak the good news, are you doing that? “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16)