The Second Death

I can’t back this up with Scripture, but, who knows? Hell just might be in the center of the earth.

After all, Jesus said that hell was a place of unquenchable fire. And we all know that, as is so very evident by the fact that exceedingly hot molten liquid lava rock spews forth from volcanoes, that the center of the earth is a place that could easily be characterized as “unquenchable fire” (and apparently, that’s exactly what it is — although, since I have not personally been there, I cannot personally testify to that fact).

Now how would you like to go to the center of the earth? It wouldn’t be a fun place, would it? No, certainly not.

How would you like to live there, forever? Would that be fun? No, certainly not.

Then why would anyone pass up the free opportunity to find favor with God, by putting their faith in Jesus Christ, who, as the Bible says, is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe?

“[God] is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

By the way, while this verse says “God” is the Savior of all men, the Bible uses the name of “God” and “Jesus Christ” interchangeably in this regard. It is a good study in the divinity of Christ (the fact that Jesus Christ is God). Here are a few of the verses that you might want to focus on in this regard:

Mary called God her Savior: “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:47)

The angel who spoke to the shepherds called Jesus Christ the Savior: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

The woman at the well call Jesus Christ “the Savior of the world”: “And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” (John 4:42)

The apostle Peter called Jesus Christ “a Prince and a Savior”: “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:31)

In the book of Titus, the apostle Paul uses the expressions, “Jesus Christ our Savior” and “God our Savior” back and forth as though they were completely interchangeable. Examine the following three sets and see what you think!

Set 1 (only 1 verse apart from each other): “But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour.” (Titus 1:3) “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 1:4)

Set 2 (only 3 verses apart from each other): “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (Titus 2:10) “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

Set 3 (only 2 verse apart from each other): “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.” (Titus 3:4) “Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:6)

And to top it all off, I bring you back to Isaiah 43:11, which emphatically declares: “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

But back to my previous point: why would anyone pass up the free opportunity to find favor with God, by putting their faith in Jesus Christ, who, as the Bible says, is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe?

The “specially” part of that verse is “specially” important, by the way. It means that those who believe will really be saved from hell. But those who don’t believe won’t. Jesus Christ could have been their gracious Lord and Savior, but they missed the boat because they chose not to believe. Thus, he is the Savior of all men … that is, he is the *potential* Savior of all men. But to those who believe, he really *is* their Savior. And wow, what a difference between the two extremes!

On the one hand, he will separate the sheep — those who believe — to one side: these will go to heaven. The goats, on the other hand — those who don’t really believe (even though some may have said they believed) — will go to the other side: these will go to hell. Now what’s your choice?

Jesus said:

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)