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What Does Hell Mean?
Death means separation. Spiritual death, separation of the soul from God, is a condition we are born into (Ephesians 2:1). Temporal death is the separation of body and soul (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Eternal death is separation from the presence of God forever. This last death, experienced in hell, is what everyone deserves because of sin (Romans 6:23).
Many reject the saving work of Jesus and choose instead to stand before God on their own imperfect records. Since a holy God is repulsed by sin, his perfect justice sends the sinner out of his presence forever. Tragically, this will be the eternal fate of many, for “wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction” (Matthew 7:13).
God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9) but wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). This is why he commands his people to share the gospel with all (Mark 16:15).
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
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