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EVERLASTING FIRE

by Dr. Robert Hymers

A sermon preached on Friday Evening, January 13, 2006
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).


Many people say that Jesus was a “great teacher.” But they do not take what He said about Hell seriously. If He was a great teacher, shouldn’t they pay careful attention to His words about “everlasting fire”? Shouldn’t they also be alarmed by His warning,

“These shall go away into everlasting punishment”?
     (Matthew 25:46).

“Everlasting fire” and “everlasting punishment” are terms Jesus used to describe Hell.

Some people object to the term, “everlasting fire.” But they have no objection to the term, “everlasting life.” This has always seemed contradictory to me. Why should they want a minister to talk about everlasting life at their funeral, but at the same time be upset with him if he mentions everlasting fire? Christ is the one who spoke of both these things. It has always seemed to me that it is Christ Himself that they object to, and not the pastor who is merely quoting Christ.

Then, I have also noticed that no one seems to be upset that the everlasting fire was

“…prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

I have never known anyone who objected to the Devil and the demons being confined to Hell. Have you? Do you object to the Devil and the demons being consigned to everlasting fire at the judgment? Certainly you don’t. You say, “Well, they deserve to go there.” Of course, that brings up the question, do you deserve to go there?

Satan sinned by choice. He chose to rebel against God, as we see in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:14-17. He chose to lift up his heart against God. That single sin damned him forever. The same is true of the angels that followed Satan. They

“kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation” (Jude 6).

That single sin, when they left their first habitation, was enough to damn them eternally. Dr. Shedd tells us,

The destiny of lost men is bound up with that of Satan and his angels: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). These [Satan and his angels] are represented in Scripture as hopelessly lost: “The devil that deceived them…shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). The Jews to whom Christ spoke understood the perdition of the lost angels to be absolute (W. G. T. Shedd, Ph.D., Dogmatic Theology, P and R Publishing, 2003 reprint, p. 897).

Satan and his angels were absolutely and eternally damned for the commission of a single sin - an act of rebellion toward God. And I do not think there is a single person here tonight who would object to God sending them “into everlasting fire” for committing that one sin.

If you agree that they should be damned for one sin, then why should you object to being sent “into everlasting fire” for many sins? Haven’t you also rebelled against God many times, not just once? Hasn’t your rebellion against God been shown many times, in many ways? One sin is enough to damn Satan, an angel, and a human soul. The Bible says,

“Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).

If you have broken God’s law “on one point” you are a guilty sinner, and at the Judgment, God will justly say to you,

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

In the day of coming doom,

“God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ”
     (Romans 2:16).

On that awful day, when God’s record books are opened, you will be

“judged every man according to [his] works” (Revelation 20:13).

“Then shall he say also unto [you], Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

You will not have any excuses on that day. You will not complain about being sent into “everlasting fire,” because your record, in God’s books, will plainly show that you have sinned again and again, and are certainly as guilty of sin as the Devil and his angels.

It is clear, also, from the Scriptures that you will be as conscious as the Devil and his angels when you enter into everlasting fire. The Devil, we are told,

“shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever”
     (Revelation 20:10).

This is said of lost human beings as well,

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night” (Revelation 14:11).

When the rich man died,

“In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke 16:23).

He was fully conscious, and experienced “torments.” He said,

“For I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24).

I know that someone in one of the recognized cults will argue against what I have said, although my points are taken from the Bible. Virtually all the major cults reject what Christ said about the danger of “everlasting fire.” But a careful student will find that those sects almost invariably deny the vicarious atonement of Christ, the God-man. In one way or another, the cults reject the Biblical idea that the incarnate God, the Lord Jesus Christ, died in the place of sinners. Thus, everlasting fire and the vicarious atonement of Christ are orthodox beliefs held only by mainstream Bible-believing Christians. Dr. Shedd pointed out that

The incarnation and vicarious satisfaction for sin by one of the persons of the Godhead [the Trinity] demonstrates the infinity [endlessness] of the evil. It is incredible that the eternal Trinity should have submitted to such a stupendous self-sacrifice to remove a merely finite and temporal evil. The doctrine of Christ’s vicarious atonement, logically, stands or falls with that of endless punishment. The incarnation of Almighty God, in order to make remission of sin possible [on the Cross], is one of the strongest arguments for the eternity and infinity of penal suffering (ibid., p. 925).

Countless times you have heard me say, “Christ died to pay for your sins.” And countless times you have treated that lightly. What hope do you have for escaping from “eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”? (Matthew 25:41).

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

“Now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2). After death or reprobation, “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). Therefore,

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

If you do not seek pardon from your sins by Christ now, it will soon be everlastingly too late. You will go out into eternity with a load of sins on your record, for they can only be cleansed now, in this time, by the Blood of

“The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Matthew 25:41-46.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Gratitude for Escape” (by John Ryland, 1777).


THE OUTLINE OF

EVERLASTING FIRE

by Dr. Robert Hymers


“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

(Matthew 25:46; Jude 6; Revelation 20:10; James 2:10;
Romans 2:16; Revelation 20:13; 14:11; Luke 16:23-24;
Hebrews 10:26; Isaiah 55:6; John 1:29)