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ONLY TWO OPTIONS

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.          One of the most famous sermons in the world is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

1.            It has been studied.

2.            It has been preached.

3.            It has been memorized.

4.            It has changed the lives of millions.

B.           In Jesus’ sermon, He mentions both heaven and hell.

1.            Heaven (16 times); Reward (4 times); Life (1 time)

2.            Hell (3 times); Destruction (1 time)

3.            Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

C.          Heaven and hell, life and destruction, these are the only two options with regard to man’s final destiny.

D.          Each individual chooses his eternal abode.  Before choosing, it is wise to study the two places.  In this lesson we will be contrasting our “Only Two Options.”

I.        PROMINENT FIGURE

A.          Hell’s prominent figure is none other than Satan.

1.            Hell was originally prepared for him and his angels (Matt. 25:41).

2.            In Revelation 20:10, we read of his entrance into hell.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented night and day for ever and ever.

3.            NOTE:  Satan is not ruling in this place.  He, like all others there, is suffering punishment.  It is his ultimate defeat.

B.           Heaven’s prominent figure is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

1.            Revelation 22:3-4

And there shall be no more curse:  but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  and they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their fore-heads.

2.            Jesus will reside in heaven having totally defeated all of His enemies.  He will reign in triumph and victory.

II.      THE ENVIRONMENT

            A.        Hell is described as a place of “outer darkness.”

1.         This description is found three times in the New Testament, and is used only by Matthew (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness…

                        2.         This darkness could be the result of several things:

                                    a.         The lack of physical light, such as the sun and moon.

                                    b.         The lack of divine presence.

                                    c.         The presence of all that is vile, evil, and wicked.

            B.        Heaven is a place of light.  There is no night there.

                        1.         Revelation 21:23

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:  for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

2.         It is difficult to imagine a Being whose glory is so brilliant that He out shines the sun and moon.

III.     THE AMENITIES

A.          Hell is a place of total discomfort.

1.            It is a place that burns with fire and brimstone.

a.         Matthew 25:41

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into ever-lasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

b.         In Mark 9:43-48, Jesus speaks of hell.  Five (5) times He states that the fire there “shall never be quenched.”

                        2.         It is the fire that causes those therein to writhe in torments (Luke 16:24).

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

3.         This torment is so discomforting that there is no rest in that place (Rev. 14:9-11).

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indigna-tion; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:  and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoso-ever receiveth the mark of his name.

B.           Heaven is a place of comfort and rest.

1.            In Luke 16, the disposition of Lazarus is contrasted with that of the rich man.  Lazarus was comforted in the hereafter (Luke 16:25).

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:  but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

2.            Instead of having no rest, the faithful are able to rest from their labors (Rev. 14:13).

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

IV.     THE POPULATION

            A.        The population of hell includes the vilest offenders.

1.         We have already seen that Satan, the archenemy of man, will be there.

                        2.         The most evil of men will be there also (Rev. 21:8).

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.

B.        The population of heaven includes the holy, the righteous, the kind, the care-givers, and the peacemakers.

                        1.         Revelation 21:24

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it…

                        2.         Matthew 25:34-36

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat:  I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me:  I was sick, and ye visited me:  I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

V.       THE ACTIVITY

A.          One of the main activities of those in hell will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Five (5) times this phrase is used in the gospel narratives (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).

B.           In heaven, the activities of the saved will involve rejoicing and praising the God of heaven.

1.            The five talent man and the two talent man were both rewarded by being invited into “the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21, 23).

2.            Revelation 19:5

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his saints, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

CONCLUSION

A.          The contrast between heaven and hell is “bi-polar” in nature.

1.            Jesus vs. Satan

2.            Light vs. outer darkness

3.            Comfort vs. discomfort

4.            Righteousness vs. wickedness

5.            Praise vs. weeping

B.           These are the only two destinations God has reserved for man.  Which one will you select?

1.            If you go to hell, you will have earned it (Rom. 6:23a).

For the wages of sin is death…

2.            If you go to heaven, it will be God’s gift to you (Rom. 6:23b).

…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


 

ONLY TWO OPTIONS

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.                One of the most famous sermons in the world is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

B.                In Jesus’ sermon, He mentions both heaven and hell.

1.            Heaven (16 times); Reward (4 times); Life (1 time)

2.            Hell (3 times); Destruction (1 time)

3.            Matthew 7:13-14

C.            Heaven and hell, life and destruction, these are the only two options for our destiny.

D.           Each individual chooses his eternal abode.  Before choosing, it is wise to study the two places.  In this lesson we will be contrasting our “Only Two Options.”

I.          PROMINENT FIGURE

A.            Hell’s prominent figure is none other than Satan.

1.            Hell was originally prepared for him and his angels (Matt. 25:41).

2.            In Revelation 20:10, we read of his entrance into hell.

3.            NOTE:  Satan is not ruling in this place.  He, like all others there, is suffering punishment.  It is his ultimate defeat.

B.            Heaven’s prominent figure is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

1.            Revelation 22:3-4

2.            Jesus will reside in heaven having totally defeated all of His enemies.  He will reign in triumph and victory.

II.         THE ENVIRONMENT

               A.            Hell is described as a place of “outer darkness.”

1.            This description is found three times in the New Testament, and is used only by Matthew (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

                              2.            This darkness could be the result of several things:

                                             a.            The lack of physical light, such as the sun and moon.

                                             b.            The lack of divine presence.

                                             c.            The presence of all that is vile, evil, and wicked.

               B.            Heaven is a place of light.  There is no night there.

                              1.            Revelation 21:23

2.            It is difficult to imagine a Being whose glory is so brilliant that He out shines the sun.

III.        THE AMENITIES

A.            Hell is a place of total discomfort.

1.            It is a place that burns with fire and brimstone.

a.            Matthew 25:41

b.            In Mark 9:43-48, Jesus speaks of hell.  Five (5) times He states that the fire there “shall never be quenched.”

                              2.            It is the fire that causes those therein to writhe in torments (Luke 16:24).

3.            This torment is so discomforting that there is no rest in that place (Rev. 14:9-11).

B.            Heaven is a place of comfort and rest.

1.            In Luke 16, the disposition of Lazarus is contrasted with that of the rich man.  Lazarus was comforted in the hereafter (Luke 16:25).

2.            The faithful are able to rest from their labors (Rev. 14:13).

IV.        THE POPULATION

               A.            The population of hell includes the vilest offenders.

1.            We have already seen that Satan, the archenemy of man, will be there.

                              2.            The most evil of men will be there also (Rev. 21:8).

B.            The population of heaven includes the holy, the righteous, the kind, the care-givers, and the peacemakers (Rev. 21:24; Matt. 25:34-36).

V.         THE ACTIVITY

A.            One of the main activities of those in hell will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Five (5) times this phrase is used in the gospels (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).

B.            In heaven, the activities of the saved will involve rejoicing and praising the God.

1.            The five talent man and the two talent man were both rewarded by being invited into “the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21, 23).

2.            Revelation 19:5

CONCLUSION

A.            The contrast between heaven and hell is “bi-polar” in nature.

B.            These are the only two destinations God has reserved for man.  Which one will you select?

1.            If you go to hell, you will have earned it (Rom. 6:23a).

2.            If you go to heaven, it will be God’s gift to you (Rom. 6:23b).

ONLY TWO OPTIONS

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.            One of the most famous ______________ in the world is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

B.            In Jesus’ sermon, He mentions both __________________ and ______________.

1.            Heaven (16 times); Reward (4 times); Life (1 time)

2.            Hell (3 times); Destruction (1 time)

3.            Matthew 7:13-14

C.            Heaven and hell, life and destruction, these are the only two options for our eternal _____________.

D.           Each individual _____________ his eternal abode.  Before choosing, it is wise to study the two places.  In this lesson we will be contrasting our “Only Two Options.”

I.          PROMINENT ___________________

A.            Hell’s prominent figure is none other than ___________________.

1.            Hell was originally ____________________ for him and his angels (Matt. 25:41).

2.            In Revelation 20:10, we read of his entrance into hell.

3.            NOTE:  Satan is not ____________ in this place.  He, like all others there, is suffering punishment.  It is his ultimate defeat.

B.            Heaven’s prominent figure is Jesus Christ, the ________________ of God

1.            Revelation 22:3-4

2.            Jesus will reside in heaven having totally defeated all of His enemies.  He will reign in triumph and ____________________.

II.         THE ENVIRONMENT

               A.            Hell is described as a place of “___________  ___________________.”

1.            This description is found three times in the New Testament, and is used only by Matthew (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

                              2.            This darkness could be the result of several things:

                                             a.            The lack of ______________ light, such as the sun and moon.

                                             b.            The lack of divine ____________________.

                                             c.            The presence of all that is vile, evil, and wicked.

               B.            Heaven is a place of light.  There is no _________________ there.

                              1.            Revelation 21:23

2.            It is difficult to imagine a Being whose glory is so brilliant that He out shines the sun.

III.        THE AMENITIES

A.            Hell is a place of total __________________.

1.            It is a place that burns with fire and ________________.

a.            Matthew 25:41

b.            In Mark 9:43-48, Jesus speaks of hell.  Five (5) times He states that the fire there “shall never be __________________.”

                              2.            It is the fire that causes those therein to writhe in _____________ (Luke 16:24).

3.            This torment is so discomforting that there is no ________ in that place (Rev. 14:9-11).

B.            Heaven is a place of comfort and rest.

1.            In Luke 16, the disposition of _______________ is contrasted with that of the rich man.  Lazarus was comforted in the hereafter (Luke 16:25).

2.            The faithful are able to rest from their ______________ (Rev. 14:13).

IV.        THE POPULATION

               A.            The population of hell includes the vilest offenders.

1.            We have already seen that Satan, the archenemy of man, will be there.

                              2.            The most evil of ____________ will be there also (Rev. 21:8).

B.            The population of heaven includes the holy, the righteous, the kind, the ___________-givers, and the ____________________ (Rev. 21:24; Matt. 25:34-36).

V.         THE ACTIVITY

A.            One of the main activities of those in hell will be _________________ and gnashing of teeth.  Five (5) times this phrase is used in the gospels (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28).

B.            In heaven, the activities of the saved will involve rejoicing and ________________ the God.

1.            The five talent man and the two talent man were both rewarded by being invited into “the __________ of thy lord” (Matt. 25:21, 23).

2.            Revelation 19:5

CONCLUSION

A.            The contrast between heaven and hell is “bi-_________________” in nature.

B.            These are the only two destinations God has reserved for man.  Which one will you select?

1.            If you go to hell, you will have ________________ it (Rom. 6:23a).

2.            If you go to heaven, it will be God’s ______________ to you (Rom. 6:23b).