Sin is “doing wrong”, whether in the mind or by the hands. Sin is a living being, expressed by the individual.
I have spoken often about how sin disrupts the Righteousness of Eternity. I have written of how the will of God is staved off by our disobedience called sin. But Charles Spurgeon takes this concept one step farther than I had perceived. You can find the entire audio of his sermon, “Thoughts on the Last Battle” at this link http://www.spurgeongems.org/messages/028chs.mp3.
Brother Spurgeon speaks of sin, as it is, past the sealing of the soul. He asks, (in my own words) if sin destroyed the will of God while the man lived in this place of testing, what will it become when the soul is sealed in sin for eternity? What will the “man” become when all the restraints of God’s beautiful Grace of the Holy Spirit’s influence is removed? When the Holy Blood of Christ is no longer effective, when repentance is no longer an option; for the man is now sealed in the manner of soul he allowed God to create.
What then is sin? Is it simply a game we play between ourselves? Is it simply a futile expression of disruption in the Truth of God for Eternity? Is it simply being a rebellious child who stands outside the door of God’s Holy Family? Is it simply pleasure? Or is sin a growing monster?
Will hell restrain the wickedness of wicked souls? Do you think that you will live one slight moment in hell with a smile on your face? You will be frustrated beyond description. You will find desire consuming you. Yet there will be no more avenue to disturb the Holy Will of the Living God or His Holy and Righteous Christ. You will no longer have a body to command. You will be only an essence of SIN. You will be a distilled form of desire, with no possibility of expression or gain.
If God had not designed hell to be obliterated, there would be eternity to suffer within an indescribable torment of desire. But ask yourself this: How long will the Living God allow the display of tormented, wicked, desire ridden, useless souls to remain? Even if He allows the display to remain for the sake of reminder to His Holy People, there is a place where even the display will be done away with.
Not only will those multitude of souls be in agony of frustrated desire. They will face the prospect of eternal extinction. And they will know it for certain. For in their consignment to hell, they will have, no doubt, been told that death must join them. When death arrives, “Nothing” becomes.
Is that what you want to be? When your moment of transfer from “life” to the grave comes upon you, is that what you want for your hope? Pleasure calls now. But do you think you’ll love pleasure as dearly when there is no longer any means to employ it?
The offer of transformation remains, only as long as a man is in this place of testing. Only while we are in the flesh of this body, is the Holy Blood of Jesus of any effect. He calls all men to take from His Holy hand the things of Grace. But when our hands are no longer able to hold anything, what is Grace to us then?
Jesus stands ready and willing to embrace any man in the Righteous Way of Christianity. But who will consider these things and live?
I have wondered why, in the story of the Rich man and Lazarus, Abraham sat on a hill overlooking Hell. Can it be that Abraham and Lazarus were learning about the prospects of God’s Holy Promise to eternally punish the wicked? (Luke 16: 19-31)
And I am reminded of the words of Christ Jesus, 9 “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: ‘If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. (Revelation 14)
Let us wake up to the reality of the Gospel’s power. The promise of eternal life is TRUE! The promise of eternal torment is TRUE! Which will each man choose? We all, every man, know.