What Did Jesus Say About Hell
Hell is a difficult subject. In fact, it should be. It’s the place that we all deserve to spend eternity in because of our sins against God. I say “should be” because God has provided forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ, but many people reject it or never hear about it. For those who do not know or accept Jesus as their savior and Lord, hell will be the eternal resting place for their souls. Also (and this is important to understand), hell isn’t just a “place;” it is complete separation from God, which – in the case of his creation, who was made to live in relationship with him – is horrific beyond comprehension. Still, there are some who deny its existence or even try to define what hell is like according to their own desires. But if we want to know what God has said about hell, we must go to his Word:
The New Testament is clear that Jesus spoke of hell more than anyone else in Scripture.
In the New Testament, Jesus spoke more about hell than anyone else. He spoke of it in a way that was clear, unambiguous, specific and personal. He spoke of it in a way that was frightening and sobering. He also talked about it in a shocking and provocative way—just like he did when handling other controversial issues such as divorce or adultery.
In fact, Jesus said more about hell than any other topic including heaven (Matthew 5:30).
While we speak of hell as a place, Jesus also spoke of it as a person.
While we speak of hell as a place, Jesus also spoke of it as a person. The Bible says that the fallen angels were “cast out into the darkness” and that they are chained in this prison until the day of judgment.
Jesus said that hell is a place or eternal separation from God
Jesus taught that hell is an eternal place of separation from God, and heaven is a place of eternal fellowship with God.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). In other words, millions will enter into hell but only a few will ever find their way out again. This means that if you do not do what it takes to get yourself into heaven (and stay there), then you will spend all eternity separated from God—in hell!
While much of our discussion about hell has revolved around the details, the primary biblical points are clear and straightforward.
While much of our discussion about hell has revolved around the details, the primary biblical points are clear and straightforward. The Bible speaks of hell more than any other book in the world. Hell is a place of eternal separation from God and from His love. It is also a person, a fallen angel named Satan who will be cast into this place (Revelation 20:10).
If you’re still having doubts about the existence of Hell, check out our free eBook “Hell is for Real: What the Bible Says about Eternal Punishment.” It offers more detail on how we can discern the truth about Hell from Scripture. Keep in mind that if you die without trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you will go to Hell—and not just for a momentary punishment, but for eternity. This is not just a message about how to avoid going to Hell; it’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about what Jesus did on the cross so that we could be saved from eternal punishment.