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SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
LUKE 16: 19-31
BIBLE TEACHER: CLIFTON JONES
HELL IS A REAL PLACE
This is a very familiar passage of Scripture that has been preached many times in day’s past
But in modern preaching and teaching the subject of “Hell” is not a popular subject
Many modern and liberal theologians do not believe that “Hell is a Real Place”
Many people today do not want to believe that there is a “Real Place” known as “Hell”
But the truth of “Hell” must be preached today, the “lost” must hear what Hell is going to be like
The saved must know that their lost friends and loved ones are going to spend an eternity in Hell
WHAT IS THE TRUTH OF HELL?
Hell is the name of a real place where real people go
People who reject Jesus and are spiritually lost will go to Hell and spend an eternity there
People who go to Hell will be tormented forever (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
No human experience in this world will come close to comparing to the experience of Hell
Most of the Biblical teaching about Hell comes from the lips of Jesus
We must pay close attention to what Jesus says in this passage of Scripture
It is not a parable, it is the true story of the life, death, and eternity of two different men
Men who lived different lives, died different deaths, and are spending eternity in different places
This story tells us the truth about life upon the earth and the truth about life after death
If it is a parable, the same truths of life, death, and eternity are presented
A MAN OF MEANS--Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
A man who had anything and everything that he wanted, he was worldly rich and spiritually poor
He was “clothed in purple and fine linen” the most expensive clothes that money could buy
Most of us have a big choice of clothes to wear and more than enough food to eat each day
Most of us have more leisure time than we really need and do what we want to do
He lived a bright and colorful life in the upper level of the social status, daily life was a party for him
In many ways, he is no different than the average American of today and their life of self-pleasure
Many people spend more time in pleasure than they do working
Many today are like the rich man, living their own life and doing their own thing
Without any thought toward the spiritual life and having little or no desire for God
The rich man was too concerned about himself to be concerned about God or others
He “fared sumptuously every day,” he lived in leisure and luxury (America’s desired lifestyle)
But his earthly life was an eternal loss, Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole
world, and lose his own soul?
(Matthew 16:26; Luke 9:25; Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Jesus called another rich man a fool because of his earthly desires, Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul,
Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those
things be, which thou hast provided?
(Earthly decisions must be mindful of the eternal state)
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A MAN OF NO MEANS--Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at
his gate, full of sores,
Lazarus is presented in contrast to the rich man, in many ways they are different
Lazarus is a poor beggar, living in the depths of poverty, but he was spiritually rich
He is hungry, without proper clothing, and diseased, but he was spiritually healthy
He is in the gutter of man’s social status and there is no earthly place for him (John 14:1-3)
It is interesting to discover that his name means, “God has helped,” (Eternal significance)
I am sure that because of his physical condition he was being mocked by many because of his name
Natural man, those who are unsaved, cannot see the truth that is revealed in his name (Spirituality)
Only those who have a spiritual insight can look at Lazarus and understand “God’s help”
Jesus is presenting to us the true values of earthly life and the truth of eternal life
The natural man would ask, “How has God helped this poor beggar?”
They would say, “Look at him, he has no home, no food, no clothes”
Look at him, he begs from the street and his body is diseased, God must despise him
Yet, Lazarus had a joy that man may not see, he had hope that man did not understand
Lazarus could say, “Praise the Lord,” and that would blow the mind of the mockers
What lessons do we need to learn from this story of Lazarus?
When do we think that “God has helped” and we can say, “Praise the Lord?”
Is it only when we have plenty of food, good clothes, enough money, and good health?
Is that the only time that we want to “Praise the Lord?”
Is your “Praise for God” centered only upon the things of this world?
Is your “Praise for God” focused upon the circumstances of this earthly life?
Where is our “Praise for God” when the circumstance of life, are not what we ordered?
When the storm destroys our earthly belongings, or disease begins to destroy the body?
Do we still believe that “God has helped?”
Do we still believe Romans 8:28?
Because of his circumstances, do you think Lazarus wanted to change his name?
As Christians, we must learn that the “help of God” is more than the food we eat
It is finer than the clothes we wear and greater than the home we live in
God’s help goes far beyond the life that we now live upon this earth
Our joy is in Jesus and our hope is in God and not in the circumstances of daily life
Therefore, nothing can take away the “Joy of Jesus” that is within the heart (Philippians 4:7)
“God’s help” is beyond anything that will happen to us upon this earth
Lazarus had no earthly possessions, but he was spiritually rich and possessed Heaven
HE WAS LAID AT THE GATE OF THE RICH MAN
Evidently someone would carry Lazarus and place him at the gate of the rich man daily
Probably thinking that the only hope of help that Lazarus had was from the rich man
They thought if anyone in town could help Lazarus, it would be the rich man (A worldly mind)
But in the plan of God, this may have been more than an opportunity for the rich man
The rich man could see a man that he could physically help
But he could also see a man that could spiritually help him, a witness before his very eyes
I am sure that Lazarus would pray daily, and the rich man would hear him praying
The rich man could listen to Lazarus and learn about Jesus (A God-given opportunity)
But the rich man was not looking for God, he was not listening for God to speak to him
The rich man missed the opportunity that God had placed before him
Opportunity knocked upon the door of the rich man, but he refused to open the door
How often do we walk out of our door and in a few steps of life we face a God-given opportunity?
An opportunity to represent Christ and serve others, to meet their needs of life, Heb 6:10 For God is not
unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye
have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
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As Christians, we are the servants of Christ and must go out to witness and minister unto others
The dogs helped Lazarus when the rich man refused to help
A LESSON FROM THE DOGS--Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the
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