“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew 22:13 (KJV)
This Scripture, spoken by Jesus Christ, is part of a parable, illustrating the final destiny of all those who reject the salvation that GOD offers them according to His terms.
The parable illustrates God’s desire to forgive your sins, dear Reader, through the sacrificial death of His Son JESUS CHRIST (Jn. 3:16; 19:1-30). Because God loves you (but He hates your sin), He sent His Son to die for your sins so that you might not be punished for them when He judges the world (Rev. 20: 11-15). God has done everything possible for your salvation, but He leaves the final choice up to you — whether or not you will forsake your sins and ask Him to forgive them in the Name of Jesus Christ. You cannot in any way earn God’s forgiveness — you must receive it by faith as a gift of His grace and mercy.
The Bible plainly declares that all people have sinned. It also declares that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 3:23; 6:23a). Biblically speaking, death is not a cessation of life, but an eternity of never-ending punishment for those who die in their sins.
Our finite minds cannot comprehend the full import of what it means to be eternally punished for our sins. The language of the parable (binding the hands and feet; weeping and gnashing of teeth) speaks of the total helplessness and misery of the unrepentant sinner in a never-ending state of darkness and unmitigated suffering, instead of the spiritual peace and joy that he (she) might have had through the forgiveness of his sins. The one who dies in his (her) sins will not have so much as one drop of mercy to alleviate his punishment (Luke 16:19-26).
Reader, forsake your sins and ask God to forgive them in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ. God’s Spirit, the HOLY SPIRIT, will give you the assurance that your sins are forgiven (Rom. 8:16). Get a Bible and read it, starting with the Gospel of John. Ask God to help you understand His Word and He will do that too. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he (God, through Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:8-9). You must be born again of the Holy Spirit to be a true child of God (John 3:1-8). – The Christian Hope
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