Search the Scriptures – What is hell? Part1
Hosted by Ricky Morgan and Justus Dixon
The Bible pictures God, however, as “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).* It says that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the people: “Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). It’s the “goodness of God [that leads] . . . to repentance” (Rom. 2:4), not the fear of the fires of hell.
We would make much more progress in our spiritual lives if, instead of accepting Christ as a fire escape from hell, we were to recognise the fact that it was our sins that sent Jesus to the cross so as to bring about our forgiveness, and that every repetition of sin, in a sense, is “crucify[ing to ourselves] the Son of God afresh, and put[ting] him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:6).