Hell, The Abode Of The Lost
I. Inquiries About Hell
One positive step we can take toward motivation for righteousness,
and abstaining from sin is: To consider what the Bible teaches about eternal
The greatest and deepest tragedy of hell is banishment from
the presence of God, and the eternal relationship with the Son.
Everyone needs to know that the suffering in hell will be
intensified by the kind of people who will be there.
Many do not believe that a loving God could send anyone to
an eternal hell.
First we must consider the character of God.
a. How can we know the character
of God? - 1 Corinthians 2:11-13.
b. Matthew 19:17 - Jesus said
“One there is who is good.”
c. “God is love” - 1 John 4:8.
d. “Be merciful, even as your
Father is merciful” - Luke 6:36.
e. We conclude that God is good,
loving, just, holy and merciful.
There are other characteristics of God. Consider His
a. Romans 1:18; 2:5, 8-9.
b. Romans 5:9.
c. Because of sin, man deserves punishment.
God does not force anyone into eternal punishment.
It is a matter of choice with each of us.
“Choose ye this day” (Joshua 24:15) has always been God’s
call to man.
God “would have all men to be saved” - 1 Timothy 2:4.
A. What word describes the final and eternal
abode of the lost?
II. INHABITANTS OF HELL
B. Will those in hell have memory and conscience?
Hell is rendered gehenna in twelve passages in the N.T.;
11 times the word is used by Christ himself.
The original application of gehenna related to the fire that
was used in sacrificing children to Molech - 2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6.
Jesus perpetuated this element by describing the final, eternal
hell as a place of fire.
He twice called it “the hell of fire” - Matthew 5:22; 18:9.
He twice referred to it as “the furnace of fire” into which
the evil will be cast after the judgment – Matthew 13:42, 50.
He twice called it a place of “unquenchable fire” – Mark
Revelation 20:10, 15; 21:8.
C. Will hell be for eternity?
Memory and conscience will produce shame – Daniel 12:2.
Rich man in Luke 16.
The punishment of those in Gehenna is unending.
The fire is “unquenchable” (that which cannot be extinguished)
– Matthew 3:12.
The worm dies not – their punishment after death will never
cease – Mark 9:48.
The punishment is eternal – Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians
Gehenna is one of only two places in which the eternal soul
of an individual will find himself. The other is heaven.
“Eternal damnation” – Mark 3:29.
“Everlasting chains” and “eternal fire” – Jude 6-7.
The fire of hell will never die.
A. Assigned lesson “Hell, The Abode of the
III. INTERIOR OF HELL
B. Devil and his angels – Matthew 25:41.
Who are the lost?
Does the Bible reveal who will be lost?
“We must not permit ourselves to be sidetracked by the question
of who will be consigned to hell. That judgment
does not belong to us” (Gregory Alan Tidwell, Gospel
Advocate, September, 1997, p. 13).
We can, without playing God, identify those who will be cast
C. Those who do not know God, and…those who do not
obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”
– 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9.
D. Revelation 21:8.
E. 2 Peter 2:9 – “the unjust”
“fearful” or “cowardly” - They do not have a strong faith
to overcome - Revelation 21:7; John
“Unbelieving” are those who never obey the gospel.
“abominable” - Their conduct and life is disgusting and offensive
to God - Titus 1:6.
“murderers” - Hell will be their home - Abortion - Proverbs
“whoremongers” - sexually immoral.
“sorcerers” – Caters to the flesh. Exalts man above
God. It is a lie! – Malachi 3:5; Acts 13:10
“idolaters” - Worship something other than one true God.
“all liars” - Those who are false, they lie to themselves,
to others, to God. No liar shall escape the lake of fire and brimstone.
F. Those who fall away from the truth.
The unjust are those who are “not in conformity with right”
False teachers are in the context of 2 Peter chapter
2. (See 2 Peter 2:1).
G. Those who sin willfully – Hebrews 10:26-27.
1 Corinthians 10:12; Hebrews 3:12.
H. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
We must strive to avoid all sin – 1 John 2:1.
1 John 1:9.
To sin willfully is to keep on sinning, one who does not
allow guilt and conviction to produce repentance.
I. Galatians 5:19-21.
J. The lawless.
Lawlessness or iniquity is the condition of one without law
or without authority.
2 John 9-11.
Where will these transgressors end up if they neglect repentance?
A. Lake of fire – Revelation 20:15.
B. A bottomless pit – Revelation 20:1.
C. A horrible tempest – Psalm 11:6.
D. A devouring fire – Isaiah 33:14.
E. A place of sorrows – Psalm 18:5.
F. Where they wail – Matthew 13:42.
G. A place of weeping – Matthew 8:12.
H. A furnace of fire – Matthew 13:41-42.
I. A place of torments – Luke 16:28.
J. Everlasting burnings – Isaiah 33:14.
K. A place of filthiness – Revelation 22:11.
L. Where they curse God – Revelation 16:11.
M. Where they have no rest – Revelation 14:11.
N. A place of outer darkness – Matthew 8:12.
O. A place where people pray – Luke 16:27.
P. A place where they can never repent – Matthew 12:32.
Q. A place where they scream for mercy – Luke 16:24.
R. A place of everlasting punishment – Matthew 25:46.
S. A place where they gnaw their tongues – Revelation
T. A place of blackness and darkness forever – Jude 13.
U. A place where they scream for one drop of water –
V. A place where they will be tormented with brimstone
– Revelation 14:10.
W. A place where there are dogs, sorcerers and whoremongers
– Revelation 22:15.
X. A place where they do not want their loved ones to
come – Luke 16:28.
Y. They are away from the face of the Lord – 2 Thessalonians
Z. It is the second death – Revelation 20:14.
In the forward to John Blanchard’s book, “Whatever Happened
To Hell?”, J.I. Packer wrote: “What should we do with this teaching?
May we water it down because we find it uncomplimentary, and embarrassing,
and contrary to the spirit of our age? Surely not: it is as divine,
and as authoritative, as anything else in the New Testament, and the fact
that it jars with today’s humanistic unbelief makes the declaring and defending
of it all the more important” (pp. 9-10).