Why in the world would someone believe in hell? And what exactly does it mean to “believe” in hell? These are a couple of the questions we want to answer in this ten-part series of posts. We’ve looked at REASON #1 — I got saved out of a fear of hell. We’ve also thought about REASON #2 – Hell makes sense. We’ve also considered REASON #3 — How does the doctrine of hell relate to the doctrine of God? We also touched on REASON #4 – How does the doctrine of eternal lostness relate to the doctrine of Man? We’ve also thought about REASON #5 – How does hell relate to the doctrine of Sin?
Let’s look at REASON #6 this morning — How does the doctrine of eternal hell relate to the doctrine of SALVATION (Soteriology)? There is so much that can be said here. From what has Christ saved us? Why did He have to die? How bad a condition were we in that only the death of the Lord Jesus could rescue us?
The following Scriptures come to mind when thinking about the nature of our salvation and escape from eternal hell:
I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God
We read in 2 Corinthians 8:9 – “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
In Romans 9:22 Paul writes, “What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?”
The writer to the Hebrews asks, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (2:3)
And we have the dividing of all humanity into the “sheep” and the “goats” in Matthew 25. There Jesus says, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.… 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (vv. 41 & 46)
The overall view of the atonement (the work of Christ on the cross) that is most supported by the Scriptures is called the vicarious/penal view. “Vicarious” means He took our place. “Penal” means He bore our judgment.
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