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 THE DOCTRINE OF HELL

(AS TAUGHT BY JESUS)

"And it came to pass ... the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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. 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. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."

Luke 16:22-30

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1:

Jesus told us about a rich man, the one who was acquainted with Lazarus the beggar.

He dressed well ... in purple and fine linen ... and lead a lavish lifestyle.  Life to him was one big "party!"

Apparently having no time for God, he eventually became ill ... seriously so.

Jesus then said ... "The rich man died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes."  Luke 16:22-23

Look at that!

Jesus taught the existence of a place called Hell!

This account of the wealthy but godless man has the appearance of being both historical and literal as Jesus presented it.

Many suggest the whole story is a parable!  But ... Jesus did not say it was!  Nor did Luke!  Nor did the old time Preachers and Teachers of long ago, not the fundamental ones anyway!

You see, parables do not contain precisely named individuals.  This account does!  Lazarus the beggar is named.  "And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores."  Luke 16:20-21

Lazarus, being in such poor health initially, apparently died first.  "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom."  (Luke 16:22)  That's a first century term for the Old Testament "heaven," the abode of the saints.  I believed it remained so until Jesus died and rose again, at which time He emptied the place ... taking all the Believers to Heaven above.  By the way, here's our Scripture suggesting that  the angels of God transport the spirit of a physically deceased but saved man or woman to Glory, to Heaven!

Subsequently, the rich man died too!

The noun for "hell" is "hades" in Greek.  It actually seems to etymologically refer to the underworld itself.  It can refer to Hell, with all the fire and brimstone ... but also can refer to the grave.  Once in our King James Bibles it is translated "grave."  Where?  "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"  1st Corinthians 15:55

But, as Jesus makes clear, this wealthy man who had no time for poor sick folks or for God either ... went to Hell and "suffered" pain as a result!

Hell has become a "joke" today!

It's mocked and derided by many!

Few any longer believe it's a literal place.

BUT JESUS DID!

And if Jesus believed it ... that's good enough for me!

I will accept its reality and preach and teach it as Bible truth.

Danger ahead!

If you die lost in your sins ... Hell awaits!

Now, you too can laugh if you please!

But you are not laughing at me, friend!

You are belittling the darling Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ!

The One Who said:  "And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."  Mark 9:47-48

Salvation is available ... through the vicarious Death of our Lord Who shed His Blood that we might be forgiven!

Heaven is possible ... by God's Mercy and Grace!

But Hell awaits those who just have no time for such things!

Time for nothing but themselves!

If you were to die today, where would YOU spend eternity?

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:

Jesus not only believed that Hell existed as a literal location, but also that it was a place of torment.

He said so in Luke chapter sixteen.

There He spoke of a wealthy but unsaved man who died and "in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments."  Luke 16:23

That verb "being" is illustrative.  It combines "hupo" which means "under" and "archomai" which means "to begin" or "to be first."  It usually typifies a condition ( human life) that existed prior to the status being currently mentioned. In other words, the man exists in Hell just as he did on earth; with feelings and fears and thoughts and longings and so much more!

Hence, we may conclude that Hell is not a state of mind!  It is not a spiritual place of being!  It is to be interpreted literally!

The rich man in Hell is said to be in "torments."

This noun ("basanos") means torture or distress or severe pain!

It has behind it a word picture.  The root of "basanos" may be the Greek word "basis," which means the bottom of something!  Its very foundation!  Yes, a man in Hell is at his lowest point ever.  The Book of Revelation even speaks of a "bottomless" pit!

But, more clearly, "basanos" means a test stone which was rubbed against a piece of silver or gold to show its true nature!  A touchstone!  If the gold was real, a certain color mark would be left by this special stone!  Then the word came to mean "to examine" ... later "to examine by torture!"  Hence, torment!

Jesus here has the word framed as a plural!  More than one "torment" is involved in Hell!  Multiple simultaneous sufferings!

Yet in such a terrible place the victim here still "lifted up" his eyes!  This verb, "epairo," means to "raise up on high" and often is associated with pride!  To put on airs!  To act haughtily! 

The major sin of Hell?

Rebellion!

Pride!

Rejection of God and His Son Jesus Christ!

All this sure sounds quite depressing, but it is Biblical.

Again, I feel I must end by reminding you ... Jesus died for sinners!

He saves the lost by means of the precious and powerful Blood of the Lamb!

Or ... unsaved one reading this page today, do you even care?

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

Unpleasant as it may sound, there is a place called Hell.

And those who die, having rejected Christ Jesus as Saviour, go to that terrible abode.

Jesus, more than any other person in all Scripture, describes Hell in detail!

He once named names in that regard!

A wealthy man died, lost in his sin, and ... "in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."  Luke 16:23

Look at this!

Those who have become eternal inhabitants of Hell have a consciousness of Paradise.  Nowadays I should say Heaven.

From our verse today it actually appears that the unsaved and doomed man could "see" into Abraham's Bosom.

The verb for "see" (in Greek = "horao") means "to discern or perceive" as well as "to see with  the eyes."

The verb is expressed in the present tense revealing the fact that the rich man could constantly gaze into Heaven!

Yet do note that Heaven is "afar off."  This word is an extension of "makros" which means "long in distance."

Hell, with all its fire and brimstone and weeping and wailing and thirst and torment and filthy inhabitants, will be bad enough by itself!

BUT to have an awareness of Heaven!

To know what one missed by rejecting Jesus!

To realize that the Gospel was True!

That Preacher was right!

Those Christian "nuts" were smarter than you thought!

These things will only add to the misery!

Oh, yes, one can joke about it all!

Call the doctrine of Hell an old-fashioned outdated point of view!

Mark Twain, an American writer and God hater, said:  "Go to heaven for the climate. But go to Hell for the company."

That's a pretty good picture of contemporary man's attitude too!

BUT nonetheless, Jesus said the place existed!

Is your soul worth the gamble?

The gamble that Mark Twain is right and Jesus is wrong?

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

According to Jesus in Luke 16, Hell will be a place where one can see certain individuals ... even if they are in Heaven!

That's exactly what's implied in His Words here: "The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."  Luke 16:22-23

Notice the words that are capitalized. Lazarus was a "beggar" who was in poor health physically, but quite well spiritually!

The "bosom" of Abraham is a term the ancients used to indicate the Old Testament place of joy and delight to which the "saved" dead would go.  The actual noun "bosom" is "kolpos" and means "the front of the body between the arms."

Preacher Bagwell, you don't really believe this stuff, do you?

I believe the Bible is God's Word!

I believe Jesus here is not simply illustrating with another Parable, beautiful as they were!  He is preaching.  He is detailing a precise historical event.  A man named Lazarus did live!  And upon his death he "was carried by the angels" into Abraham's bosom!

And Luke 16 also speaks of this godless and selfish "rich" man who died too! Unsurprisingly, he went to "Hell."  However, this time surprisingly, he was able to see into "heaven!"

Not only did he behold the great Abraham there!

But Lazarus too!

That old "beggar!"

The one who was such a nuisance!

He was always asking for bread, out at the gates to the rich man's earthly mansion!

Just think of that!

Knowing who is in heaven ... while one is eternally tormented in hell!

Multitudes in this old world would be delighted to get "rid" of that crowd of folks called Christians!

Ban them from earth!

Erase their memories!

Purge the records of any such words a right and wrong, purity or sin, and certainly saved or lost!

BUT ... alas!

Even in eternity!

Even from Hell with its fire and brimstone!

Even with conscious memory, the suffering sinner sees across the great divide! And guess what?

THERE THEY ARE AGAIN!

Those "saved" people!

In a place of no fire!

Rather, a place of delight and joy and ... while boring to a sinner ... everlasting purity!

Reader here today, you had better examine yourself!

Are you saved?

This is an issue that will confront you for all of eternity!

One way or another, you must consider and deal with the issue of salvation ... or damnation!

And you will be everlastingly aware of the consequences of such a choice!

Paul remembered and delighted in the day that Jesus "saved" him!  But Paul described his salvation experience in rather graphic terms.  He was "apprehended" by the Lord! 

Arrested! 

Commandeered!

Overtaken!

Again I ask you, are you saved?

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

A grown man, crying!

Even though he lived his life in luxury and relatively good health it seems!

But ... he had no time for God!

Then ... he, like all who lived before him, died!

He next lifted his eyes in Hell, Jesus said!

Being in pain, "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."  Luke 16:24

Notice several things with me today.

The word for "cried" here is "phoneo" and just means "to make a sound." However, in this context, and remembering that elsewhere Jesus said Hell was a place of "weeping and wailing," it is obvious that this lost man is screaming out in agony! 

He has now learned that Hell exists!  And that it exists as a literal place with real fire!

And he has also now learned to weep, something he likely did quite infrequently on earth!

And look!

His vocabulary is changing too!

He now asks for something called "mercy!"

Before, as a rich man with property and slaves and power, he only gave commands!

Now he pleads!

In fact, he is praying for something!

Has he ever prayed before?

Well, being a Jew ("Father Abraham"), he may have attended synagogue services and said the memorized prayers ... but now he is in earnest!  Only ... it's too late!

Praying in Hell?

Yes, according to this Text Hell is a great big prayer meeting!

And just what does he want?

A drop of "water!"

The Greek here is "hudor" which became our word "hydra" as in a "hydrant," used for dispensing water!

Apparently, there is no water in Hell!

No refreshment of any kind!

And do notice that he still has a "tongue," even in Hell!  Apparently, just as Believers will have glorified bodies in their eternal state ... so do unbelievers have some kind of "house" in which their souls reside too! 

Whatever exotic foods and drinks his pampered tongue had tasted on earth, back in his mansion ... it now only craved water, even a little bit!

By the way, the verb "dip" here translates the Greek "bapto!"  It is our word baptize!  To immerse the finger in water and let it drip the precious soothing fluid onto a parching tongue! 

Religious language, once so spurned, now used freely in Hell!

The verb "tormented" translates "odunao" and means "to grieve."  But "to grieve" in this sense: being depressed or "put down!"  The "root" verb here is "duo," meaning "to sink down" into one's clothes or into a hole in the ground, just for examples.

Lastly for today, see this with me please.  In his praying ... from Hell ... He never mentions the Name of Jesus!  It's a prayer directed to the founder of the Jewish people, Father Abraham!

Jesus is still ignored by this rebel!

And this is the "key" to the whole episode!

Without Jesus, all will die and go to this place of flame ("phlox," meaning a flashing fire) and torment!

With Jesus, as the Holy Spirit is convicting a sinner, there is the possibility of salvation ... and Heaven to follow!

Today you have a choice!

Mock these verses ... or believe them!

But, either way, I promise you this:  You will forever remember your decision!

According to Jesus you will not forget ... even in Hell!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

The Bible actually records a word for word conversation between a man in Hell and a man in Heaven!

That's right!

A lost man, having died in his sins, sees and converses with the Patriarch Abraham, who is resting in the Old Testament forerunner of Heaven!

Listen!

"And he (the rich man) 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."  Luke 16:24

"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."  Luke 16:25

The dialogue continues, but we have heard enough for now.

To the man in Hell, godly Abraham said, "Son, remember ...!"

Right there it is:  "Remember!"

In Hell, according to the Bible, mankind retains his capacity to remember things!

Such memory can only add to the horrors of the place!

Memories of Christians whose testimonies one did not heed!

Memories of loved ones who need to be warned!

Memories of Preachers whose sermons we mocked!

Memories of Scripture Verses like Romans 10:13 or Acts 16:31 or John 5:24! "Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved."

Memories of wasted years and needless sins!

And, saddest of all, memories of a Saviour Who died to spare people from such torment!

Think of that!

An eternity of heart wrenching memories!

All reflecting on lost opportunities!

Oh, sinner friend, be saved today!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7:

The newly published book was written by a preacher.

It claimed to be about the Grace of God.

In fact, the author wrote that God was so gracious He would never eternally condemn a soul to Hell!

He will surely, in keeping with His marvelous Grace, eventually empty Hell of all its inhabitants, allowing them free entrance into Heaven!

Ultimately all souls would spend eternity with God!  That's a doctrine sometimes known as "universalism."

But that is not what the Bible says!

Jesus taught that those who reject Jesus, dying in their sins, will spend eternity in Hell.

That's right, eternity!

Read with me Luke 16:25, where Abraham said to the "rich man" who had died and found himself in Hell ... "Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence."

There they are!

The very words of Jesus.

Between Heaven and Hell God has fixed a great gulf!

The verb "fixed" portrays a solid wall or barrier that's impenetrable!  It's "sterizo" in Greek.

And the noun "gulf" is "chasma," a direct "loan word" into English!  It means a gaping hole or opening.

And this gulf, says our Lord, keeps anyone from escaping Hell and entering Heaven!

Or, for that matter, it also prohibits anyone leaving Heaven and going to Hell ... perhaps to speak to a lost loved one.

Once in eternity, in either place ... one's destiny is sealed!

Don't believe the liberals and scoffers and enemies of the Word of God!

Hell is eternal ... no exits available!

And, praise the Lord, so is Heaven!

Are you saved?

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8:

Our dear Lord had a strong desire to see lost souls saved.

Such a passion was more important to Jesus than even His food and drink it seems! 

Once, instead of His "daily bread," he continued witnessing to a lost woman, seeking to bring her to salvation!  That day, while responding to his disciples ... "He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of."  John 4:32

Others in Scripture had a "hunger" to see the lost saved too!

Solomon wrote:  "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."  Proverbs 11:30

Paul penned:  "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved."  Romans 10:1

Even Daniel said:  "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."  Daniel 12:3

But, surprisingly, there is one more individual who is prominent in this area, wanting to see sinners born again!

But ... he is in Hell today!

Yes, the rich man of Luke 16 teaches us that even the eternally lost have a burden!  A spiritual burden!

What is it?

That their loved ones do NOT come to that terrible place of fire and brimstone!

A "missionary" spirit ... in Hell?

An "evangelistic" fervor?

Yes!

The suffering man (in Hell) addressed Abraham (in Paradise, in Heaven) and said:  "I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."  Luke 16:27-28

"Please," he pleads.

In essence he is asking ... "Send Lazarus back to earth and let him witness to my five lost brothers!"

"Lest they also come into this place of torment."  Luke 16:28

I believe I've already proved the point today.

A tardy longing, but a sincere longing ... for loved ones to be saved!

In Hell ... even now!

Christian friends, do we have such a zeal to see the lost converted?

It would be a shame indeed for God's people to have less soul-winning passion than even the doomed souls already in Hell!

After all, that's why Jesus came in the first place!  "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."  Luke 19:10

Think about it!

Then today tell someone the precious old Gospel Story!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9:

Often these days the men of God are criticized for preaching from the Old Testament.

To dwell there for long is unacceptable in many circles now.

But what if I told you there is enough Gospel in the Old Testament to save a sinner from his sins?

There is!

The Ethiopian Eunuch, along with multitudes of others, was "saved" while studying the Text of Isaiah 53!  It's full of verses like: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Right out of Isaiah 53, Acts 8:35 tells us: Then Philip (the evangelist) opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him (the eunuch) Jesus."

And our Lord, with the Old Testament in mind, said: "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:39

But the example I would like to use today is found in Luke 16.

A man has died and gone to Hell.  He, being in torment, prayed that someone be sent to his five brothers; someone to tell them how to avoid such a terrible place, how to be saved!

But no miracle was granted in this case.  No "missionary" was dispatched!

After all, Abraham explained:  "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."  Luke 16:29

There!

Enough information exists in the writing of the Old Testament to point a soul to Jesus!

Moses and the Prophets, if believed by faith, will clearly indicate the Way of salvation, our dear Lord!

Jesus, after His Resurrection, told two Believers on the road to Emmaus some amazing things.  Luke 24:27 describes them.  "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." 

Today we are told that, for a soul to be saved, the "music" must be just right and the "preaching" must be entertaining and the "church" must be comfortable and the "atmosphere" must be friendly!  Note there is often no mention of the Holy Spirit in these contemporary lists either!

But I say ... the "Word" must be preached!

That's enough too!

And of course today, in this age of Grace, we not only have Moses and the Prophets ... but also the Gospels and Acts and the Epistles, the whole New Testament!

Since Calvary, two thousand years ago, mankind has been more than ever ... "without excuse!"

After all, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

James explains:  "Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21

Paul talks about ... "The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."  2 Timothy 3:15

Ephesians 1 teaches us about Christ ... "In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise."  Ephesians 1:13

The Word of God, including Moses and the Prophets, can keep a soul out of Hell! That is ... if he or she believes in Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour! 

"Moses and the Prophets!"

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10:

Rebellion!

That's the word!

If the heart of a lost man or woman had to be described quickly ... "rebel" is the term that best does so!

Rebellion against God!

The wicked, in Psalm 12:4, speak: "Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?"

Satan, the original rebel of the universe declared his treason in Isaiah fourteen. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."  Isaiah 14:12-15

Notice the five rebellious "I will" statements of the devil!

There is reason to believe that even in Hell the eternally lost man or woman still harbors a heart of rebellion too!

John tells us that, even after the great White Throne Judgment, the wicked will just go on being wicked ... always!  "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."  Revelation 22:11

And in Jesus' most detailed Sermon about Hell, we see such a non-submissive attitude even more closely.  It is located in Luke's sixteenth chapter.

The "rich" man had died and gone to Hell.  He, being tormented, begged for water ... but was denied.  Suddenly he remembered his five brothers.  He did not want them to come to Hell and endure such agony.  Therefore he prayed that a saved man, Lazarus by name, be allowed to go from Heaven back to earth to speak to those five brethren.

"Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father (Abraham), that thou wouldest send him (Lazarus) to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."

This answer came immediately: "Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them."

Obviously the request was denied.  The Word of God would suffice.  That's how a lost man learns the Truth! 

Then ... we see the true heart of a sinner in Hell!

"And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."  Luke 16:30

Look at that!

The man in Hell talked back to Abraham!

He boldly contradicted him!

He said in essence ... "NO, father Abraham, you are wrong!"

"The Word of God is not enough to do the job!"

Even while weeping and wailing and gnashing his teeth, he is naturally able to exhibit his defiant heart!  See Matthew 13:24.

The word "nay" translates "ouchi" in Greek and means something like:  "Not so!"  Or "No indeed!"

In is often used to answer questions when the affirmative is expected ... but not given!

See?

An adamantly revolutionary and resistant heart!

And of course I need to say this in closing, just for the contrast.

The very opposite of Hell's "Nay, Lord" are the sweet obedient words: "Father, Thy Will be done!"

Amen!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11:

I believe it is called "criticism."

That word, being from Latin, is formed by the verb "to decide" or "to separate."

In fact, it has an even more ancient background ... a Greek etymology.

"Krino" means "to judge."

There today has risen a whole "science" of sorts called "higher criticism." 

This refers to those who study the Texts of the Bible and critique them, deciding which are "authentic" and which are "spurious."

Let me say something right here.

I will not "criticize" the Word of God!

In John 10:35 Jesus said "The Scripture cannot be broken!"

Psalm 12:6 adds "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

Then the very next verse thunders "Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."  Psalm 12:7

No sir!

I will NOT critique the Bible! 

I will let the Bible critique me!

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

I tire of people who always want to "improve" the plans of Almighty God!

He is perfect ... and so are His ways!

This so-called "constructive criticism" is even apparent ... in Hell!  Not that such a fact is all that surprising!

Yes, in Hell!

The rich man of Luke 16 came up with a better idea that God ever had!

He instructed Abraham in what he termed a superior way of soul-winning!

He asked that Lazarus, once an sickly beggar but now a heavenly prince, be sent back to earth to warn five "brothers" about Hell!

Not to come to to such a horrible place!

Here's Luke account:  "Then he (the rich man) said, I pray thee therefore, father (Abraham), that thou wouldest send him (Lazarus) to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."  Luke 16:27-31

The plan of God is that "faith" comes by hearing the Word, the inspired Word of God!  See Romans 10:17.

But this rebel in Hell has a "better" idea!

"If one should return from the dead (Lazarus) ... and witness to those lost men ... all would be well!  That would be far superior to that old Bible, that Book of Scripture ... Moses and the prophets."  So reasoned the fool!

His exact words again: "Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."

That's "criticism!"

But the Truth soon is spoken!

God said, through Abraham ... "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

The people in Hell apparently still have their "better" ideas!

But they are "wrong" ideas too!

Wrong ... because they oppose the Will of God!

Psalm 18:30 truthfully says:  "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him."

Amen!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 12:

It is nearly a forgotten word!

The old-timers preached it all the time!

Many today do not even believe in it!

The word is ... repentance!

One man informed me that repentance involved human works ... therefore could not be a part of God's salvation plan.

I simply quote to you what Jesus said:  "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  Luke 13:3

Many today not only neglect the word "repent" ... they also actually try to avoid it as well!

It has been purged from many a preacher's vocabulary!

For you see, to "repent" is to acknowledge that something is wrong!

That one has sinned!

That a change in lifestyle is needed!

It requires three little words that folks seldom use any more:  "I am sorry!"

Make that four words:  "Lord, I am sorry!"

But while "repentance" language is sadly lacking throughout the land today, I have discovered one place where it is alive and well!

In Hell!

That's right!

In the place of eternal damnation, a place of fire and brimstone and unending torment!

The New Testament gives us a direct quote of a man who died and "in hell lifted up his eyes."

He, being in torment and begging for water, gets concerned about his five lost brothers.  He does not want them to come to such a terrible place!

He knows they need to hear the Gospel!

And, if they do, maybe ... just maybe ... they will ___________!  (You fill in the blank. Use the following verse.)

Here are his very words:  "And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."

The rich man in hell, who was unrepentant all his life, now knows!

Repentance is essential!

Late in the New Testament, John on Patmos quotes Jesus as still saying:  "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."  That's written to the Church at Laodicea.  Many believe that "lukewarm" crowd represents the condition of Christianity just before Jesus comes again!

If so ... from the first to the last, throughout the whole ministry of Jesus and the Apostles ... "repentance" is preached fervently!

Paul in Athens preached that God ... "now commandeth all men every where to repent."  Acts 17:30

Even the doomed inhabitants of hell agree!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 13:

"Moses and the Prophets!"

Jesus taught us that of the whole Bible, even Moses and the Prophets could actually point a man to the way of Salvation!

Let me prove this.

In Luke 16 a wicked unrepentant man died and lifted up his eyes in Hell.

And it is to this eternally doomed man that Abraham the Patriarch of Israel spoke, clearly revealing the saving power of all God's Word!

You see, in reality, every chapter of Scripture ... directly or indirectly ... points to Jesus!

Even "Moses and the Prophets!"

Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote the first five Books of the Old Testament, Genesis through Deuteronomy.

In those Books of the Law, Jesus is foreshadowed and symbolized and pictured again and again!

Out of Adam's side came his bride named Eve!  Our of Jesus' side where His sinless Blood flowed on Calvary came His Bride, the New Testament Church!

Abraham send His servant to fetch a bride for His son Isaac!  God the Father send the Holy Spirit to fetch a Bride for Jesus!

And consider the godly man Joseph.  There are nearly a hundred ways in which he pictures Jesus Christ our Saviour. He was hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit to die, yet came up out of that pit ... and soon was running the greatest nation on earth!  Jesus was crucified by the Jews and Romans, put into a grave, arose on the third day ... and will some day rule the world also!

An innocent Passover Lamb spared the lives of the Jewish people one dark night in Egypt!  And the sinless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, has spared the life of every sinner who calls on His name for salvation!  Both "lambs" shed their blood to do so!

Dozens, if not hundreds, of other Mosaic examples could be given.

Then the Prophets!

Listen to Isaiah, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."   He's talking about Jesus!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  Again, Jesus!

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."  The "him" is Jesus!

Now Jeremiah, "In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."  Jesus is our righteousness, folks!

Then Daniel, "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire."  Jesus is the Ancient of Days!

Let's skip to the last Old Teatment Prophet, Malachi:  "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall."  Jesus is the Son of Righteousness here!

All are pointing to the Saviour, God the Son, Christ the Lord, Jesus!

Again ... Jesus, not some suggestion of a man already in hell, is the Way to Heaven!

He Himself said:  "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Peter added:  "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Paul puts it all together:  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Furthermore Paul writes: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

Then back to our dear Lord again:  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Yes, "Moses and the Prophets" ... as well as all other Scripture ... has one central message:  Jesus saves!

And if HE is not the One whom you are trusting to get you to Heaven ... I can only give you another Verse of God's precious Word:  "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Condemned already, doomed for Hell ... because one has rejected Jesus!

Thank God for "Moses and the Prophets!"

They have pointed many to Jesus!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 14:

In all the Bible there's only one recorded conversation between a man already in Hell and another person!

The "rich" man of Luke 16, having died and having opened his eyes in Hell, subsequently developed a strong desire to see his five brothers saved from such a terrible place of torment!

He even asked Abraham, then already in Heaven, to send Lazarus ... from the dead ... to witness to his lost brothers!

The doomed rich man was just sure that if one was raised from the dead and went to his loved ones ... they would be persuaded!

Here are his very words: "Father Abraham: if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent."  Luke 16:30

Well, I have some news today.

One has risen from the dead!

And I'm not talking about the beggar Lazarus either!

JESUS rose from the grave!

The Bible says that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead!  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."  Romans 10:9

We are also told in Scripture that God the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.  "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."  (1st Peter 3:18)  The verb "quickened" means "made alive" and is referring to Jesus' Resurrection!

Then Jesus tells us that He Himself provided the Resurrection power that first Easter morning!  "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."  John 10:17-18

See!

The Resurrection involves the Godhead, the Trinity!

Every man, woman, boy and girl on earth ought to believe in Jesus and be saved!

After all ... He, having died for us, was raised again ... for our justification!

Romans 4:25 speaks of Jesus ... "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."

One has returned from the grave!

He has conquered death and hell and the devil!

And is the Redeemer of mankind!

One has come to us from the dead ... one far greater than Lazarus ... will we believe?

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

HELL IS A REAL PLACE!  THANK GOD FOR SALVATION, FULL AND FREE, WHICH IS FOUND IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS SHED BLOOD!

 

 

 

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