(Article for publication week of 2-26- AD 2015)
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy , let him be holy still" (Revelation 22:11).
Our text this week is a source of comfort to the saved, and a solemn warning to the unsaved. However we die, we will be fixed in that state forever. The Saved will be righteous and holy forever. There will be no danger of us falling from our glorious state. And the unsaved will be forever fixed in their unrighteous and unholy state. There will be no possibility of repentance or regeneration after this life. As you die my friend, so you will be fixed forever.
We cannot imagine how awful hell is. It is a place of everlasting fire (Mark 9:44). It is a place of perpetual darkness (Jude 13). It is a place where you will be chained up (Jude 6). It is a place where God will punish you forever (Luke 12:47-48). It is a place where you will face God forever as your Judge, Arresting Officer, and Executioner (Deuteronomy 32:41). But one of the most dreadful things about hell is that the sinner will remain a sinner forever, without any hope of repentance, regeneration, reformation, or a saving change. The unjust and filthy must be so for eternity.
My dear lost friend can you fathom how awful it will be to be forever fixed in your sinful condition?! Think of it; the drunkard must remain a drunkard forever with a thirst for his liquor, but there will be no liquor stores in hell. The wretched fornicator will be consumed with his lusts forever, but unable to fulfill his base desires. The lover of this world will forever be such, yet the "fashion of this world" (I Corinthians 7:31) shall have passed away. Poor deluded worldling, in hell you will have your unholy love of the world, but no world to love! Poor Mr Money-love must go into eternity with his love for money, yet no money to make in hell!
Now dear reader, here is the awful Truth of God's word; God is going to send everybody to hell who will not be holy. There is nothing else a Thrice Holy God can do with unholy people, but send them to hell forever. You who are unsaved, you have said to God (by your actions and attitude, if not by actual words), "God, leave me alone, I don't want to be holy. I love my sin, and I don't want to be holy as You are holy. I love the world and all it has to offer. I love my religion, but I don't want holiness." And so, my friend if this is what you want God is finally going to say to you, "all right, if that's the way you want it, go ahead and have it your way- FOREVER." God is going to shut you up in darkness and everlasting fire and chain you to your unholy self forever. God is finally going to say to the unsaved, "go ahead and be unjust and unholy forever." This dear Reader will be your eternal portion unless you take seriously God's command to be holy (I Peter 1:15), and start pursuing holiness (Hebrews 12:14).