Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
“It is largely because Christians have ceased to think about the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.” C.S. Lewis
THE REALITY OF HELL: v.32
“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”
1. Hell is a place of emotional pain. Psalm 40:2
2. Hell is a place of physical pain. Matthew 5:29
3. Hell is a place of spiritual anguish. Isaiah 38:18
THE REALITY OF HEAVEN: v.46
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (NIV)
THE PROMISE OF A NEW RELATIONSHIP .
THE PROMISE OF AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP:
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
1. Preparation . Galatians 4:4
Time, finances, etc. Don’t just show up. Think of God’s preparation for our eternal home, great marriage supper of the lamb.
2. Dress . I John 3:3
White wedding gowns, white robes.
3. Presence . Revelation 21:3a
” . . . ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. . .'”
4. Covenant Revelation 21:3b
“‘. . .They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.'”