7671 - Fear Eternal Judgment

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In Luke 12 we hear Jesus giving grave warnings to those who refuse to accept the truth that He is sharing about judgment and the Kingdom. Such rejection results in indescribable, eternal agony.

Listen to Luke 12:1-10.

1Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

4"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies[a]? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

8"I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. 10And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Hungry people flocked to hear Jesus teach & preach. This passage opens with a description of thousands who came to hear, and so many that they trampled upon one another. These were not the religious leaders, these were common people who had heard about Jesus and came to see and hear. They had spiritual needs in their hearts and Jesus gave them hope.

Again Jesus refers to hypocrisy in regards to the Pharisees. He warns his disciples against seeking to appear pious and holy, but all the time being filled with judgmental, pious attitudes.

The great error of these religious people was they did not obey the word of God –– they did not love and honor God. James (1:22) tells us, “...be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

This applied to the lifestyle of the Pharisees. This was deadly because the Pharisees were leaders , and many of the people looked up to them, and sought to follow their example, so many people were led astray.

This accounts for the warning Jesus gives, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and can do no more.” As the civil and religious authorities the Pharisees did kill people, and sometimes for no good reason. But Jesus points out the Pharisees cannot determine where a person will spend eternity.

Without using God’s name or title Jesus tells the people that the one who has power to assign a sinful person to eternal hell is the one deserves fear and respect. Hell is a horrible place to spend eternity so each person should make peace with God who has authority to banish a person there.

Jesus also gives encouragement in this passage. He points out that God knows and cares even about birds. This is an affirmation of the character of God. So surely he cares for people more than birds. God was in the process of making a way for sinful people to be reconciled with him; and that way is through an acknowledged faith in the Son of God who was soon to die to pay for the sin of all mankind.

Whoever acknowledges Jesus, the Son of Man, before other men will be affirmed by Jesus in the eternal domain, and will not dwell in Hell.
So the Sovereign God deserves our awe & respect in life, due to His character and provision.

Consider carefully, lest we be hypocritical in our lives, and be consigned to eternal doom.