"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate
is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are
many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is
narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Not everyone
who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he
who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will
say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name,
and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many
miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart
from Me, you who practice lawlessness." (Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23
These words come from the Sermon on the Mount which were given by Jesus himself. He said that many people are on the broad way which leads to destruction. He is talking here about eternal things and not physical. There is a narrow way which He calls people to but there are few that truly follow it. This means that few will end up in heaven and many will end up in hell. Jesus even said that some of those that look like some of his greatest servants won't be in heaven. They might say the right words and do many great things but they are not truly following Jesus Christ. This does not mean that what you do can save you but that if you have an intimate relationship with and in Jesus Christ you will obey him. As Jesus said: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15 NASB95)
So those who do not belong to Jesus Christ and follow the narrow way end up in hell. Is there any way for them to get out of hell? Let's see what Jesus said in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus:
"And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'" (Luke 16:24-26 NASB95)
So we se that hell is a place of agony. Jesus
says that it is like a thirst that cannot be quenched. He also says that
no one that is in hell can get to heaven. They had their chance to give
their lives to Jesus Christ while they were on earth.
I heard someone say that if we could see all the souls that were going to hell it would look like a rainstorm where each drop was a soul. There is no chance for anyone to change their eternal destiny after death so we must tell others about Jesus Christ while they are living. We must follow the leading of the Holy spirit to reach others to bring them to heaven with us.
By Dean W. Masters
Owner of the Masters List
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New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.