Outer Darkness – Will This Be Your Destiny?

“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 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 22:11-13 (KJV)

This parable, spoken by Jesus Christ, teaches the eternal destiny of all those who reject the salvation that GOD offers them according to His terms. Those terms are repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. The wedding garment represents God’s salvation. Outer darkness signifies separation from God in Eternity. Binding the hands and feet, and weeping and gnashing of teeth, speak of the helplessness and misery of the sinner in a state of unending suffering in Eternity. The Bible declares the fact that there will be eternal punishment for sin in the next life. Everyone who has not received God’s salvation is already spiritually separated from Him in this life. The Bible describes sinners as (spiritually) dead in sins (Eph. 2:1). Yet this type of death can be reversed by receiving God’s salvation, but death in the next life cannot be reversed. Sinners will then be paid the full wages of their sins (Rom. 6:23). The Bible calls those wages the second death (Rev. 21:8). Instead of the peace and joy that sinners may have through the salvation that God freely offers them in this life, they will not have so much as one drop of mercy to alleviate their sufferings in the next life if they die in their sins. Luke 16:19-26 and Revelation 20:11-15 illustrate the fact that sinners will face the consequences of their sins after death, and they will suffer those consequences forever!

Reader, now is the time to forsake your sins and ask Jesus to forgive them and be your LORD and SAVIOR. God has promised, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God’s Spirit, the HOLY SPIRIT, will then live in you and give you the assurance that you are a true child of God (Rom. 8:16). You must be spiritually born of God’s Holy Spirit to be a true Christian (John 3:1-8). Obtain a Bible and read it. The Gospel of John would be a good starting place. Ask God to help you understand His Word and He will help you. God can cleanse you from all sin (Jer. 33:8; 1 Thess. 5:23-24; 1 John 1:9).

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