06
Jan
13

Two Paths You Can Go By

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”Matthew 3:10-12

As this blog made its way through the Old Testament, there were many instances where I pointed out that God holds eternal judgment for both the good and the evil. He WILL send people away to an eternal hell of punishment. He is not a man who would make a promise and then change his mind because “God would never send someone to hell”. This may be a view espoused by our modern “feel good” society, but it is not the outcome promised by the Lord.

These words today were given by John the Baptist, who preached in anticipation of Jesus' arrival. These words are specifically about Jesus, and they deal very pointedly with the fact that he will separate the wheat from the chaff – the wheat being those judged as righteous who will be taken to heaven, and the chaff being those who will be sent to hell. This judgment will be eternal – it is a chasm which cannot be crossed. This is a message which we Christians should not downplay in our efforts to tell others about the gospel. John certainly didn't shrink from it.

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