“The Second Death & A Righteous Judge” December 22

 

The Second Death & a Righteous Judge - Imagine your loved one had been struck and killed by a drunk driver. And now that driver is standing before the judge. He's sober now, but he’s haughty and unrepentant, even defiant. How would you feel if the judge said, “It’s OK. You’re free to go. No big deal”? You wouldn’t think he was good. You certainly wouldn’t think he was a righteous judge. In reality, that driver would be worthy of death. But would a death sentence be the worst that could happen? Is there actually more than one kind of death?Imagine your loved one had been struck and killed by a drunk driver. And now that driver is standing before the judge. He’s sober now, but he’s haughty and unrepentant, even defiant. How would you feel if the judge said, “It’s OK. You’re free to go. No big deal”? You wouldn’t think he was good. You certainly wouldn’t think he was a righteous judge. 

In reality, that driver would be worthy of death. But would a death sentence be the worst that could happen? Is there actually more than one kind of death?

 

Today’s Readings:
Nahum 1-3
Psalm 145.17-21
Proverbs 30.16
Revelation 12.1-17

 

The Second Death & a Righteous Judge

 

Nahum 1-3:

Patient, Merciful & Righteous

 

Chapter 1.3, 7 sum up this book:

3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.

7 The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.

God is patient and merciful (“slow to anger”). His desire is that all would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2.4).

But He can’t be good and be a liar. He can’t be a righteous judge and give evil a pass (“acquit the wicked”). There is a debt to be paid for sin in the court of heaven. For those who put their faith and trust in what Christ did on the cross, it has been paid in full, but for those who reject the truth, the penalty is death.

But physical death is not the end. We will all live forever. The question is … “Where?”

Death is separation. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden they were separated from God. They no longer had the spirit to Spirit communion with Him they had enjoyed. They didn’t die physically, at least not immediately, though they would since they were, also, barred from eating from the tree of life.

As their children, we are all born spiritually dead and unless Jesus returns before then, we will die physically.

But there is a second death (Rev. 2.11), Continue reading

Ask the counselors: Is hell a place?

Q and AJanene’s Question: Can you please tell me if hell is a place, then when did God create it?
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Dear Janene,
What a great question and one I’m sure many people have had.
Yes, hell is a real place. Jesus talked about the dangers of hell more than He talked about heaven. In the Sermon on the Mount alone (Matt. 5-7), He talked about it numerous times. In Luke 16, with the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus gives us a great deal of detail about hell and its finality. The rich man begged for even a drop of water on his tongue and when he realized there would be no relief for him, begged Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers before they ended up there, too.
We must also ask ourselves why Jesus would have come and suffered the horrible death He endured unless there was something very real from which we needed to be saved.
As far as when God created hell, I don’t believe the Bible makes any reference to when He created either heaven or hell. It appears they both predated the creation account. But Matthew 25.41 says it was a place prepared for the devil and his angels.
I hope that helps.
Blessing,
Donna
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