“Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in His salvation”. Psalm 78:22
Psalm 9:17 says, ” The wicked shall be turned into Hell and the nations that forget God”. Jesus also spoke of Hell as a real place. He said, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul (men): but rather fear Him (God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell” (Matthew 10:28). These are hard statements, but Hell is a real place and the Lord’s warning regarding it should give us pause if we do not know Him. The Bible says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 9:10). The question becomes: Why would the Lord send anyone to Hell and how might we avoid going there?
As a result of Adam’s fall in the garden, all of us that came after Adam have a fallen nature. It’s called the sin nature. We have no power over it. We cannot, in ourselves, overcome it. We are, left to ourselves, without hope in the world and doomed (Romans 3:23). The Lord had mercy on us and provided a way out of our dire state. The salvation that cost Him so much (the Cross) is available to us as a gift (Roman’s 6:23). We must come to the realization that we are in desperate need of God and come to the Lord in repentance, accepting the gift that He paid such a great price for on the Cross.
Unbelief is the only reason someone goes to Hell. This is not the Lord’s will for us, but in creating man he has given us a free will. We have a choice to believe God or not to believe Him. He has said He loves us and has proven it by becoming man (the God/Man) and dying for our sins. 1 Corinthians 1:24 says, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God”. In our unsaved state, we are sinners and need to admit that to God. We must acknowledge that we need a savior and repent of our sins. That is all the Lord asks of us. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with Me”. This is incredible in itself, that God would come to us individually and in a personal way to offer His love in the form of a complete salvation from our fallen nature. Yes, in spite of our hopeless condition; He comes to us with this wonderful gift of salvation.
The Lord cried out “It is finished” on the Cross just before He died. He meant what He said. The sin debt has been paid. We no longer need to be held under its power. We are free. Yes, free and we have the liberty to live godly lives and worship the One that made it all possible (Galatians 5:1). We do this by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished at the Cross and the Holy Spirit helps us (John 16 & Romans 8:2). The Lord has said that we will be with Him in eternity, have become sons (and daughters) of God, and are made part of the family of God. Psalm 22 says, ” Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. Praise the Lord for His goodness.
So why would a loving God send anyone to Hell? There is no sin in Heaven, therefore, those that will not repent of sin and go God’s way have in fact sent themselves to Hell. It is not the Lord’s will for anyone to face this end, but if we, as the above verse says, “believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation”, then He has no choice. He has given us every opportunity. As an example, if we find ourselves trapped in a fire and someone comes and shows us the way out, then we need to follow the path to safety or perish in the fire. It is the same with the Gospel; the Lord is showing us the way to safety and we need only follow Him. He is calling out, with mercy and love, offering this great gift to whomsoever will come to Him today. It is an urgent call for the hour is late and we are promised no more than today. The Lord has made every effort to reach us with this wonderful salvation message.
If you have not come to Him in repentance before now; He is calling out to you today. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden (life without God) and I will give you rest (the result of placing our faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at the Cross)” (Matthew 11:28). Won’t you hear His voice today and put down your heavy burden. If you make the decision to come to Him, then you have gone from death to life and have become a member of the family of God. The following prayer is the “Sinners Prayer” which has been prayed by millions throughout the years. In it, we admit to the Lord that we are a sinner in need of forgiveness and tell Him that we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior.
Dear God in Heaven: I come to You in the name of Jesus. I am sorry for my sins, the way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me and cleanse me with the precious Blood of Jesus from all unrighteousness. With my mouth,! I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive this very moment. I accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of my soul. And I make Him the Lord of my life. And according to Your word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed: I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer and believed it, then as Jesus said in John 3:3, you have been “born again”.