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Discover the will of God for you – Part 39

By Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
13 August 2023   |   3:40 am
Acts 22:16: “Wash away your sins.” Paul was converted and saved on the Damascus road (see 9:3-19). His baptism was his public testimony of forgiveness, dying to sin and his old self, and public identification with Christ

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Acts 22:16: “Wash away your sins.” Paul was converted and saved on the Damascus road (see 9:3-19). His baptism was his public testimony of forgiveness, dying to sin and his old self, and public identification with Christ as a commitment for life. Baptism represents for each believer a washing away and burial of one’s past sinful life (see Rom 6:1-14).
• What Is Hell? (See Mat 10:28)
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mat 10:28)

“HELL.” This word (Gehenna) originated with the name of a valley south of Jerusalem: the Valley of Hinnom (Hebge’hinnom). Because some sacrificed children to the false god Molech there, King Josiah declared it unclean. Jesus used it as a name for the place of eternal punishment and it is synonymous with the final judgment of “the lake of fire” (cf. Rev 20:11-15).

Mat 10:28: “hell.” The word here translated “hell” (Gkgeenna; see Jer 7:31) refers to a place of eternal torment reserved for the ungodly (cf. Mark 9:43, 48). The Bible teaches that one’s existence does not end at death, but continues forever either in the presence of God or in a place of punishment. Note the following about the state of the lost:

(1) Jesus teaches that there is a place of eternal punishment for those condemned before God (see 5:22,29-30; 18:9;23:15,33; Mark 9:43,45,47; Luke 10:15;12:5). It is the terrifying reality of continuous punishment, the place of a “fire that never shall be quenched” (Mark 9:43), of “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mat 25:41), of “wailing and gnashing of teeth” (13:42,50, of binding and darkness (22:13), and of torment and agony and separation from heaven (Luke 16:23).

(2) The teaching of the epistles is essentially the same. The apostles speak of a coming judgment of God to inflict vengeance on those who disobey the gospel (2 Thes 1:5-9), of a separation from the presence and glory of the Lord (2 Thes 1 :9) and of the destruction of God’s enemies (Phil 3:18-19 ; see also Rom 9:22; 1Cor 16:22; Gal 1:9; 2Tim 2:12; Heb 10:27; 2Pet 2:4; Jude 1:7; Rev 14:10; 19:20; 20:10, 14)

(3) The Bible teaches that judgment for evil-doers is certain. The main idea is a place of punishment and separation from God with no end to its duration. Even Christians may find this doctrine unpleasant or hard to understand. Yet, we must submit to the authority of God’s word and trust God’s decision and justice.

(4) We must always keep in mind that God sent His Son to die in order that no one should perish (John 3:16). Hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels (25:41).
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