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Mark 9:41-50 (KJV)  43) And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  44) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  45) And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  46) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  47) And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  48) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

For this series we will use this very simple outline:
1.  vs 41-42 – Evidences of genuine salvation
2.  vs 43-48 – Importance of genuine salvation
3.  vs 49-50 – Absolute necessity of genuine salvation

The eternal wrath of God is emphasized in our devotional text.  The basic principle of our text is very easy for us to grasp… We are to do whatever is necessary to avoid facing the wrath of God which is meted out as an eternity in the Lake of Fire.  This text uses the loss of an hand, leg or eye to illustrate the great lengths to which we should be willing to go to escape the horrible punishment of God.

But what does the Bible teach us about this eternal wrath of God?  There are many who deny the literal existence of the Lake Of Fire.  In our text we find seeming contradictions…. How can worms exist in the presence of fire?  How can fire burn eternally?  How can a lost person in their physical bodies exist eternally in flames?  The questions seem endless.

The answer to many of these questions can be found in one basic principle…Jer 32:17 (KJV)  Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, [and] there is nothing too hard for thee:.    Folks, our Lord is so great He can make worms that can exist eternally in flames, or He can make flames that will not consume what they touch.  He can change a lost person’s body to enable it to exist in flames eternally… etc etc.  Many of the questions about the Lake of Fire can be answered by a simple understanding of the greatness of our God.

But when the literal existence of the Lake of Fire is disputed, it becomes an issue of believing God’s Word.  The place of eternal torment of the lost is described many different times in the Bible in many varying ways to deny the existence of hell is to deny the clear, repeated teachings of Scripture.  In our next devotion we will look at a few of the many times the Lake of Fire is spoken of in the Holy Scriptures.

Let us all be on guard against Satan working in our minds, placing questions about the existence of the Lake of Fire and, by implication, minimizing the great need to tell others of Christ and His gracious salvation.

2Cor 5:11 (KJV)  11) Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. terry1954 says:

    i always loved that chapter, if one hand is bad cut it off………………..powerful verse in my opinion

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The entire concept of doing whatever is necessary to escape hell as a powerful teaching indeed. Matt 16:26 is another reminder of the same principle…
      “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

      How important it is for each of us to make sure we have been forgiven and show others the way of forgiveness through Christ.

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  3. Ray's Mom says:

    Another good message to start my day.

  4. Excellent word, dear brother. Thanks for the blessing! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

  5. Debbie says:

    Pastor Rob . ..I was really hit by the reason why we might not want to believe in the Lake of Fire. . .so that we wouldn’t have a sense of urgency to tell others about Jesus and salvation. Thank you so much! God bless you as you teach and share what He leads you to.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are absolutely right, I think all of us can get caught in the “ostrich trap”. We do it as lost individuals as we seek to deny the existance of hell, to eleimate our feelings of guilt and need of salvation. As saved, we can do it as well… just as you say to take away the necessity of sharing Christ and fulfilling the personal ministries to which we are called. Thanks for great comments Deb, Lord bless you.

  6. I think all blood-bought, adopted children of God should be praying for a stark, clear vision of eternity outside of Christ. We need to come to grips with what faces our unsaved family and friends and all outside the kingdom. We need a real passion for souls. We need to know the terror of the Lord and persuade men – not by our own reasoning or in our own power, but in HIS power, with HIS words, at His leading.

    Thanks Rob for a reminder of our responsibilities.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The teachings of eternal punishment have been left behind by many of today’s pastors and teachers of the Word. And, yet it is a very clear truth that is given to us to motivate and enocurage us to come to Christ and be witnesses for Him. It is imperative that this truth be taught to all. May the Lord help us.

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