Driven by Eternity DAY 6
THE SECOND DEATH
“But cowards who turn back from following me [Jesus], and those who are unfaithful to me, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those conversing with demons, and idol worshipers and all liars—their doom is in the Lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the Second Death.” (Revelation 21:8 TLB)
What is hell? It’s the second death. It’s the death of spiritual breath. There is no hope of life after the second death. But it’s who this second death for that is very concerning.
Jesus told a parable one time about a forgiven “servant” who refused to forgive. That unforgiving forgiven servant who was delivered to jail for his actions. (Matthew 18:21-35) And Jesus told another parable about a wicked and slothful “servant” who was cast into outer darkness because of his attitude and actions. (Matthew 25:14-30)
Revelation 21:8 says that the Lake of Fire is reserved for those who turn back because of fear, those who live in an unfaithful relationship with Jesus and for those who fail to ever believe in Jesus and thus behave wickedly. That’s a fairly large scope of people.
Revelation 21:7 says that the one who conquers will have this (new heaven, new earth, and new city) heritage, and I will be his God and he will be My son. This Christian life is more than a belief, it’s a way of behaving. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior behave like He is their Lord and Savior. Belief determines behavior. Belief determines behavior that determines what’s beyond this life. We can enjoy a second life or encounter a second death.