A mortal man spending eternity in hell, being mortal and therefore finite, will still not have endured all of its torments. Christ however, being eternal God, drank to the dregs the justice of divine wrath. The result being that the torments He endured on the cross on our behalf were infinitely more severe than all the torments of all the damned combined. In order to free us from the penalty of our sins Christ suffered infinitely on the cross.
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This question was asked at Monday Bible study and thought this bit would be helpful to those who didn’t get to hear Rob answer the question. These answers come from the an article with link at bottom.
- It shows that he keeps his word.
- It shows his infinite worth, lasting forever.
- It demonstrates his power to subdue all who rebel against him.
- It shows how unspeakably merciful he is to those who trust him.
- It upholds the reality of love by visiting justice against those who reject God, who is love.
- It vindicates all who suffered to hear or proclaim the truth of God’s Word.
- And it shows the enormity of what Jesus accomplished when he died to save all who would trust him from the hell they deserved. If there were no hell, there would be no need for the cross.
(This material has been adapted from James M. Hamilton, Jr.’s article, “How does Hell Glorify God?”)
another good article to stimulate the mind is “How is Hell integral to the Gospel
An article by Greg Gilbert on Hell and why it’s integral to the Gospel. Here is a part of his article.
Read the whole thing here.
Romans 3 tells us that God put forth Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement “to demonstrate his justice.” He did this “because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? It was because that was the only way God could righteously not send every one of us to hell. Jesus had to take what was due to us, and that means he had to endure the equivalent of hell as he hung on the cross. That doesn’t mean that Jesus actually went to hell. But it does mean that the nails and the thorns were only the beginning of Jesus’ suffering. The true height of his suffering came when God poured out his wrath on Jesus. When the darkness fell, that wasn’t just God covering the suffering of his Son, as some have said. That was the darkness of the curse, of God’s wrath. It was the darkness of hell, and in that moment Jesus was enduring its full fury—the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
When you understand the cross in that light, you begin to understand better just how magnificent God’s grace to you is, if you are a Christian. The mission of redemption that Jesus undertook involved a commitment to endure God’s wrath in your place, to take the hell that you deserve. What an amazing display of love and mercy that is! Yet you will only see and understand this display of love clearly when you understand, accept, and shudder at the horror of hell.
Greg Gilbert is the senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the author of What is the Gospel? (Crossway, 2010).
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Tags: Heaven, holiness, J.C. Ryle, Reformed Theology, regeneration
Suppose for a moment that you were allowed to enter heaven without holiness. What would you do? What possible enjoyment could you feel there? To which of all the saints would you join yourself and by whose side would you sit? Their pleasures are not your pleasures, their tastes are not your tastes, their character not your character. How could you possibly be happy, if you had not been holy on earth?
Now perhaps you love the company of the light and careless, the worldly-minded and the covetous, the reveler and the pleasure-seeker, the ungodly and the profane. There will be none such in heaven.
Now perhaps you think the saints of God too strict and particular and serious. You rather avoid them. You have no delight in their society. There will be no other company in heaven.
Now perhaps you think praying and Scripture reading, and hymn singing, dull and melancholy and stupid work, a thing to be tolerated now and then, but not enjoyed. You reckon the Sabbath a burden and a weariness; you could not possibly spend more than a small part of it in worshipping God. But remember, heaven is a never-ending Sabbath. The inhabitants thereof rest not day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,” and singing the praise of the Lamb. How could an unholy man find pleasure in occupation such as this? (more…)
Tags: Christ, Heaven, Hell, John Piper, salvation, saving faith
There is much of value here. It would be a worthwhile 3:25 min for you
Tags: abortion, atheism, belief, bible, bible study, Christianity, faith, Hell, Help Me Read the Bible!, john lennox, martin luther, oxford university, richard dawkins, Sarah Palin, theism
AwakeningGrace readers continue their fixation with Hell.
1) To Hell with it…(or) why Americans are losing their belief in Hell
2) John Lennox and Richard Dawkins duel over God, monkeys, and martians
3) Canadian doctors hate that Sarah Palin kept her down syndrom baby
Tags: Christianity, faith, Hell, judgement, mark driscoll, salvation
If this does provoke any eternal questions I would be happy to converse with anyone who needs counsel…