Jesus speaks plainly of eternal punishment in hell for those who care not for the least among us
by Patte Smith on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:14pm ·
The Spirit of God hath made me,
& the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
~ Job 33:4
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
~ Proverbs 31:8
Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
~ Psalm 82:4
‘Truly, I say to you,
as you did not do it to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to Me.’
And these will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life.
These shall go away into everlasting punishment. Their excuses will not be regarded, their pleas will be of no avail, their pretensions to interest in Christ, and love to Him, will be set aside. The sentence will remain irrevocable, and there will be no appeal from it, for there is no higher tribunal to bring the cause before; judgment having passed, the execution of it immediately follows. These goats, or formal professors, shall be obliged, whether they will or not, to depart from the presence of Christ. The angels will be ordered to take and cast them into everlasting burnings. They will be driven by them into hell, the place appointed for them; where they shall endure "everlasting punishment", as..both in soul and body, as the just desert of sin; which being committed against an infinite God, cannot be satisfied for by a finite creature; who therefore must ever bear the punishment of it, because its pollution and guilt will always remain.
But the righteous into life eternal; such as are justified by the righteousness of Christ, and who, though they have done works of righteousness under the influence, and by the assistance of the grace of God, yet have not depended upon them, but upon Christ, for life and salvation: these shall go into heaven, the place appointed for them, to enjoy that eternal life in soul and body, which is the free gift of God, through Christ; and will be a life free from all the sorrows of the present one; a life of perfect holiness and knowledge, and inconceivable pleasure; a life of vision of God, and communion with Him, and which will continue for ever; and which ascertains the eternity of the punishment of the wicked: for as the happiness of the righteous will be eternal, the punishment of the wicked will be so too.
~ John Gill
The wicked and godly here dwell together, in the same cities, churches, families, and are not always to be known the one from the other; such are the weaknesses of saints, such the hypocrisies of sinners; and death takes both: but in that day they will be parted for ever. Jesus Christ is the great Shepherd. He will shortly distinguish between those that are His, and those that are not...The wicked in this world were often called to come to Christ for life and rest, but they turned from His calls; and justly are those bid to depart from Christ, that would not come to Him. Condemned sinners will in vain offer excuses. The punishment of the wicked will be an everlasting punishment; their state cannot be altered. Thus life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, are set before us, that we may choose our way, and as our way so shall our end be.
~ Matthew Henry
If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say,
“Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?
~ Proverbs 24:10-12
When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
~ Job 29:10-17