The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Despite the disbelief of many, hell does exist. That awful place could be the final and everlasting destiny of any sinner who does not repent of his sins in time. But very careful with what it says Matthew 13:41-42: The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. If the Lord will send His angels to gather people of His kingdom to throw them to hell, it is because those people were part sometime of the Kingdom of God, or at least they were infiltrated there.
Let’s look Matthew 13:41-42 in its real context. It is part of the explanation that Jesus gave His disciples of the parable of the wheat and the tares. The things that offend and those who practice lawlessness within the Kingdom of God are the tares that have sown the enemy. We cannot blind ourselves and think that there are not tares in churches today. Of course there are, and perhaps as abundant as the good wheat. But the Lord will take care of the bad polluter within His church.
Who offend the kingdom of God? Those who preach a gospel adulterated and false, those who present Christ as the solution to all temporary problems, those who preach about prosperity and a gospel focused on the man instead of Jesus Christ. These are the tares that is unfortunately dragging unsuspecting crowds towards the same destiny awaits them themselves for their iniquity.
The main problem of every human being is to escape from hell. As Christians, it is our duty to warn whoever crosses our path on this danger. The Scottish preacher William Still (1911-1997) said: “If we really believe in the reality of hell, should not we proclaim from the housetops even against all the rules and make people fear even live an instant without flee to God for mercy?”
Every day thousands of people die without Christ, which is the same as saying that die without knowing the grace that could save them. It is not valid to say that I am a Christian and stay with folded arms and do nothing. Love your neighbor is to warn of serious danger and it is not say sweet things that sweeten their ears, but embitter their souls. German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke said: “We feel the greatest anxiety for the souls of sinners as hell opens its mouth to devour. We cannot delight us with satisfaction and joy screaming sinners in hell.”
I repeat again, hell is a real place and believe me, it is not pleasant. Thanks to sin, every human being has a reservation in his or her name in this awful place from the moment of birth. As much as we try hard to be good people and do good works, it is completely impossible to escape the cruel destiny that way. The reason is that we fail to meet the standard of God.
The wages of sin is death and that is the just punishment that we deserve every one of us. The only way to avoid dwell forever in hell is because someone perfect dies in our place. That is the plan of salvation of God who sent Jesus to die for you and me to spare us the torment of hell. Repent of your sins and accept the gift. God bless you.