The predominant image of hell in the Bible is that of fire. Fire represents insatiable desire. Leave a fire unchecked, and it continues to grow. Nurse a particular sin—jealousy, lust, racism, pride—and that fire will eventually consume you, burning brighter and brighter until you are indistinguishable from it. Hell is the place where God removes his hand and allows you to become your sin.
But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.
Look at how John ends Revelation: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:17).
The last voice you will hear as you step out into a godless eternity is Jesus’, pleading with you to take his hand, to receive life, to come.
This article was written by J.D. Greear and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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