4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
-Lest we get jaded and take for granted the indescribable gift of Salvation provided by the Lord, let’s take a moment to reflect on exactly what the Lord is saving us from. Hell is a real place. It’s not a myth or an allegory designed to explain the torture of a life separated from God; it is a very real place of fire and brimstone. There, eternal torment and punishment await all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no “purgatory” to temporarily punish and cleanse those who are stained with sin, we are either bound for Heaven or doomed to Hell. If that thought scares you, please understand that it’s supposed to. That is exactly why Jesus here tells us that we should be very afraid of God, the only one who can save or condemn. But rejoice!! Jesus would not have issued this warning if there was no way to escape the consequences. The Lord Himself laid down His life to make a way for us to escape Hell. To accept Jesus is to accept Heaven, to reject Jesus is to embrace Hell; it really is that simple and God is the last person who wants to trick you. All of eternity hangs on one simple question, “Will you accept this precious gift that the Lord wants to give you?”