20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-- hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. 24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-- 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
There is a fire called Hell
In a national poll conducted several years ago by USA Today "67% of American adults said they believe in a hell. But less than 25% believed that they would go there, while 25% believe their friends will be there" [USA Today December 1986].
"I don't believe that a good god will send anyone to Hell." The statement is based on error and inconsistency of the highest order. We never make the statement, "How could a good judge sentence a mass murderer to death for his crimes?" We don't say that because the judge is not responsible for the man being sentenced to death, his actions are.
The Bible makes it clear there is a Hell.
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."
43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where "'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.' 49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
Jesus used Gehenna, in the Valley of Hinnom, as an illustration of hell. There, in the garbage dump for Jerusalem, the fire never went out.
23 snatch others from the fire and save them
What we must do?
20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
How can we build up our faith?
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
We must read and hear the word of Christ
To snatch people from the fire requires faith.
Do you believe God still saves? Do you believe he wants to save those around you?
verse 20, "pray in the Holy Spirit."
1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
To snatch people from the fire requires prayer.Do you pray as the Holy Spirit leads you? Do you pray for the lost?
verse 21, "Keep yourselves in God's love"
God's love never changes, but we don't always reflect God's love. Do you love people the way Christ loves them?
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-- hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Showing mercy is doing what you can to help.
Look to God
24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-- 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
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