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Meditations on Hell
Transcript of Meditations on Hell
A renewed sense of God's beauty
"'Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,' declares the LORD. 'For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.'"
A proper fear of God and avoidance of sin
"I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!"
A greater urgency to spread the gospel
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men,"
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
And a deeper appreciation of Christ's death on our behalf.
"Although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach."
"You shall have no other gods before Me."
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery."
"Our obligation to love, honor and obey any being is in proportion to his loveliness, honorableness, and authority…. But God is a being infinitely lovely, because He [has] infinite excellency and beauty….
So sin against God, being a violation of infinite obligations, must be a crime infinitely heinous, and so deserving infinite punishment…."
"Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight."
The depth of Hell is measured
by the height of God.
"The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil."
1 John 3:8
"Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person."
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
"Behind everyone we know and meet stands the shadow of judgment. They themselves do not see it; we know they may have spent all their lives denying it or hiding from it. But one day the account will be presented, the verdict will be past, the judgment given.
Knowing this, how can we remain silent—or cowardly? We can only do so if we ourselves live in denial of the reality that we know has been revealed in the gospel.”
"From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?'--which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'"
"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."
Sin is so awful because
God is so good.