Jesus taught about “hell fire,” “outer darkness,” a “furnace of fire,” and a place of ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth,” from which he came to save mankind.
In the gospel of John, Jesus gave Christians find many assurances about what happens after death as he prepared for his own.
“I go to prepare a place for you,” Jesus said, according to John 14:2. “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.”
Earlier, according to John chapter 3, Jesus told Nicodemus he needed spiritual rebirth in order to “see the kingdom of God.” According to the Open Bible study notes, the “kingdom of God refers to God’s rule of grace in the world,” foretold by the Old Testament prophets.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God,” Jesus said, according to John 3:3. He repeats this in John 3:5, and emphasizes the need for both physical and spiritual birth, or, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit.”
Jesus Said Whoever Believed in Him Would Have Eternal Life
According to Jesus, spiritual rebirth occurs as one believes that God “gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” according to John 3:16. He added that, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God,” according to John 3:18.
The default destination of all people, according to Jesus, was a place of “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” as recorded in Matthew 8:12, 13:42 and 50, 22:13, 24:51, and 25:30. However, Jesus, believing that people of the world were “condemned already,” said that “through him” they might be saved, according to John 3:17.
‘Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth,’ ‘Hell Fire,’ ‘Outer Darkness,’ a ‘Furnace of ‘Fire
Jesus frequently spoke of a place of condemnation and judgment from which he needed to save people, a place commonly referred to as hell. In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said anybody who was “angry with his brother without a cause” would be in danger of judgment, and whoever called his brother a fool was in danger of “hell fire.”
In the verses about “weeping and gnashing of teeth, Jesus coupled this phrase with other descriptions. For example, In Matthew 8:12, 22:13 and 25:30, Jesus describes the place of “weeping and gnashing of teeth” as “outer darkness.” In Matthew 13:42 and 50, he describes the place of judgment as “a furnace of fire.”
Jesus Christ Taught About Hell and How to AvoidIt
Jesus’ teachings support the view that he believed he was the Son of God who came to save the world from judgment. John and Matthew recorded many references to the place described as one of “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” “hell fire,” “outer darkness,” and a “furnace of fire.” In contrast, he spoke of the “many mansions” he believed God was preparing for those who were “born again” through faith in Jesus as Savior.
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