Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on THE LEFT hand,
DEPART FROM ME,
INTO EVERLASTING FIRE,
PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS.
NOTE: What a terrible text! Those words were spoken by Jesus Christ, the kindest and most forgiving man who ever lived; who died for you and wants to forgive all your sins.
Wouldn’t it be devastating to hear the following words?
You will never walk again!
You have been fired!
Your spouse is being unfaithful!
Your child has died!
You have a terminal disease!
Your business has failed!
You are bankrupt!
Your home has been destroyed!
You are under arrest!
You have been found guilty!
The hurricane has left you homeless and penniless!
You shall be hanged by the neck until dead!
But these words are nothing as final and as devastating as:
Depart from me ye cursed — into everlasting fire!
Which shall He be? Shall He be your Saviour or shall He be your Judge?
NOTE: Notice the following «Two Prepared Places.»
1) Matthew 25:24 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom PREPARED for you from the foundation of the world:
The Bible teaches that it was God’s purpose BEFORE the world began that men would be blessed and have inheritance in a kingdom. You can read the rest of the verses to see what the conditions for this group of people are.
2) Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, PREPARED for the devil and his angels:
Here is another place: this is a place of everlasting fire and it is also a prepared place. Now let me ask the question, «for whom was this place PREPARED?»
NO! — The Bible tells us that this place was PREPARED for the DEVIL and his ANGELS.
God didn’t make hell for man nor did He make man for hell. The fact that men do end up in hell is not because God CHOSE it to be that way but because men are DECEIVED by the DEVIL and their own foolish and wicked hearts.
NOTE: IF A MAN ENDS UP IN HELL …
— It is because he DISOBEYED the voice of his conscience within and of the creation without.
Romans 1:19-20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
— It is because he RESISTED the drawing of the Holy Spirit,
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
— It is because he REFUSED the invitation of the Saviour,
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
— It is because he SCORNED the Father’s love,
Matthew 22:4-6 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
— It is because he TRAMPLED under foot the blood that was shed for him,
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
— It is because he REJECTED the word of God,
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
— It is because he WILL NOT hear or believe the testimony of every saved child of God.
John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
… That’s the reason he goes to hell.
He has got to WORK to get there. But it is NOT because God has made an eternal decree that fixed his destiny.
«If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself —the dry tree— shall fall into the hands of an angry God?» When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, He did not spare Him; and when He finds the unregenerate without Christ, He will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by His enemies: so shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if He, who was only imputedly a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? «Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?» what an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, «O God! O God! why hast Thou forsaken me?» and the answer shall come back, «Because ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.»
If God spared not His own Son, how much less will He spare you! What whips of burning wire will be yours when conscience shall smite you with all its terrors. Ye richest, ye merriest, ye most self-righteous sinners—who would stand in your place when God shall say, «Awake, O sword, against the man that rejected Me; smite him, and let him feel the smart for ever»? Jesus was spit upon: sinner, what shame will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sorrows which met upon the head of Jesus who died for us, therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief must roll over your spirit if you die as you now are. You may die so, you may die now. By the agonies of Christ, by His wounds and by His blood, do not bring upon yourselves the wrath to come! Trust in the Son of God, and you shall never die.
Taken from: Daily Spurgeon April 8, 2003