Even Isaiah realized his sinfulness.
Isaiah, around 740 BC, was one of God’s most prolific prophets. He gave many of the incredible Messianic prophecies including:
- The Messiah’s virgin birth.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14
- His taking on the sins of the world.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. —Isaiah 53:4-6
See also Isaiah 53:10-12
- His triumph over death.
But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. —Isaiah 53:10
- His being a light to the Gentiles.
I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness,
I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You,
And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations —Isaiah 42:6
See also Isaiah 49:8-9
- That He would govern and judge the world.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6
See also Isaiah 11:3-5, 42:1, 4
But when Isaiah came face to face with the righteous God of the universe (Isaiah 6), saw Him sitting on His throne in all His majesty, he immediately saw that his actions, as well as his thoughts, were falling woefully short of God’s perfection. Regardless of who we are, compared to God’s holiness, the impurity of human sin is painfully evident. We too have an appointment with God.
. . . to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. —Isaiah 45:23
As we’ve said before, you have an invitation to trust Jesus as your personal Messiah through His blood atonement for your sins. EVERYONE will one day know Jesus is the Messiah, but trusting Him in this life has its advantages!
I teach an adult Sunday School class, and I have a couple who apparently believe that everybody will go to heaven. They are very faithful to our church and very loving people. I have told them that it is not scriptural to believe that and have cited Scripture, but they persist in this belief. I think they must have a very strong psychological need for this belief; perhaps someone they loved very much passed away without knowing the Lord. I would appreciate your insights.
The Bible teaches that God’s character involves not only love and goodness but also righteousness, holiness, and wrath. It also teaches that:
- Hell is real (Luke 16:19-31 – this is not a parable but an actual event).
- Hell is hot.
and will throw them (all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness) into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 13:42
See also Revelation 19:20.
- Hell is dark.
but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 8:12
See also Matthew 22:13, 25:30
- Hell is forever.
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. —Revelation 20:10
See also Mark 9:43-48.
and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 24:51
So, regardless of the reason, denying the existence of hell makes a mockery of God and the Bible. It would take a cruel, cold-hearted God to allow His son to die needlessly. And the numerous references to hell and pain mean this couple simply doesn’t believe that Scripture is accurate and can be trusted.
Which begs the question: What DO they believe and why do they believe it? We think you should get that question answered first. Otherwise, why do they need to be saved? Saved from what?
If possible, find a time to discuss spiritual questions. Start at the beginning with things like “Why do you need a savior?” and “Who wrote the Bible?” It is very likely that this couple is not “born of the Spirit,” so have your Sword of the Spirit ready and pray for spiritual sensitivity!
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