Christ Preparing our Hearts 4

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Hebrews 12:27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

‘Tis the infinite almighty God himself that shall become the fire of the furnace exerting his infinite perfections that way. Jonathan Edwards.

God is the fire which burns in hell that words can never convey—much less exaggerate—the terrors of the damned. John Gerstner

If ever a soul wants to know how valuable eternity is to that soul, it should take a look at Scripture and the words of men who wrestled with what those words meant. The words of God in Scripture are so glaringly obvious about the nature of eternity that the reason people close their eyes to it is that they hate it so much and do all they can not to believe it. People fight and resist things that they hate and they don’t want to believe something that is so frightening and so threatening to the ways they live now and then for eternity. The soul must be taught by Christ the reality of these things or the soul will go on in a careless manner. Souls must have the spiritual realities and verities of eternity impressed upon them or they will go on living as if these things are not real.

In the modern day unbelievers fill the pulpits and hell is not set out in truth. We are told that hell is the absence of God, but that is good news to sinners who hate God. But the fire that will not go out is the self-sufficient God who is life Himself and is eternal by nature and as such when we see texts of Scripture teaching us that our God Himself is a consuming fire, we should come trembling to Him and cry out for mercy. God Himself is a consuming fire and God Himself is the fire of hell. Sinners do not have a miserable existence in some part of the universe where God is not, but instead sinners will have an eternity in the presence of the God they hate and the God who is the very fire of their hell.

Oh how sinners must be taught this and this is one way Christ prepares the heart. If the fire of hell is God Himself, then who can put the fires of hell out? The omnipotent God reigns and no one can change Him or change one thing He has decided to do. Who can overpower omnipotence? Who can outsmart infinite wisdom? Oh how sinners must be awakened to spiritual realities and how they must see these things are more real than earthly reality. Every sinner that dies without Christ, regardless of age, will open his or her eyes in hell and be beneath the eternal and omnipotent wrath of God who is the very fire of hell and that fire will never be put out. Ever member of a church (or non-member) regardless of profession or claim will enter into the eternal flames of hell in which God Himself is the consuming fire unless that person has Christ. Every minister and every college or seminary professor, whether liberal or conservative, will fall into the hands of the living God who is a consuming fire if that minister or professor does not have Christ in truth and in reality.

We can go on doing our religious things in a sleepy way and go on into eternity where God Himself is a consuming fire and is the fire of our hell. We can go on preaching conservative sermons urging men to pray prayers and walk aisles and all we are doing is giving them sleeping potions that numb them to the eternal flames that they are headed to. How men and women must have Christ by His Spirit teach them these things. But if so, they should seek Him to teach them. He alone can teach the inner man and He alone can awaken the inner man. Sinners are walking in their sleep to eternal hell while trusting in ministers, good works, sacraments, and being members of churches while millions are already in hell who have trusted those things. They must be awakened to spiritual realities before they die or they will awaken in the flames of God who is a consuming fire and they will never have a drop of water to cool their tongue or the least drop of mercy from God, angels, damned angels, or another human being.

Each soul must be awakened to see how valuable his or her soul is to him or herself and seek the Lord. The living God who is a consuming fire and the fire of eternal hell will pour out His wrath upon all those who do not have Christ in truth and reality. Over and over Scripture tells us not to be deceived, yet so many are deceived by scholars and ministers who are wolves in sheep’s clothing. If you value your eternal soul, seek the Lord Jesus to teach you and to open your blinded eyes to the truth.

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