It Takes Effort to go to Hell

According to Psalm 19 the heavens are declaring the glory of God.  Creation is screaming out that He exists.  We find in the Bible clear revelation that we are sinful and under the judgment of God.  We find revelation about our need for atonement.  We are told about the provision of that atonement in Jesus Christ.  We are called to repent and believe and to confess Jesus Christ as Lord.  All the while the Holy Spirit is at work convicting men of sin and revealing Christ.

This is a very simplified summary of revelation both general and specific.  But that’s not my point.  My point is that it’s actually hard to go to Hell.  Human beings, especially those with regular access to the Bible, have to work hard at it.  God has set up massive concert speakers next to both of our ears with the volume turned all the way up blasting out everything men need to know to be saved.  The only way to miss it is to willfully and rebelliously cover our spiritual ears and eyes.  I am persuaded that over the course of a lifetime these things require great effort on the part of the lost.

This has become clearer to me as I have followed the progression of the Scribes and Pharisees in the first 3 chapters of Mark.  They’ve heard the teaching of Jesus that by all accounts was unlike anything heard before or since.  They had a front row seat as He healed all manner of sickness and cast out demons.  And yet, in the midst of all of this light,  not only did they fail to recognize Him as Messiah but they willfully and deliberately decided to call His light darkness.  Their example should cause anyone who has ever said, “If I could just see a miracle I would believe,” to rethink that statement.

May we all be warned about the ability of our proud sinful hearts to willfully distort the truth and deceive us.  May this drive home the necessity of the new birth in which God removes our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh.  And may we be all the more thankful for the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ by whose power we are able to cease laboring to remain on the road to Hell.

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