Aired week of June 26 - July 2, 2011

“Eye Hath Not Seen”


       Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Pastor Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we
look into God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to
the world.

       Pray with me. Lord, I come before you this day, in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy
Spirit and that you speak through me.Open our heart and ears to receive your word and to be touched by your
Spirit. AMEN
       
       
In First Corinthians chapter two, and verse nine we find these words.

I Corinthians 2:9
9.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things
     
which God hath prepared for them that love him.

       I find this verse to be very interesting. Not only do I find it interesting, it holds in it a great promise for the
believer, a promise of something waiting for us that is greater than anything we can imagine. It is a promises of a
heaven that is more beautiful and lovelier than anything we can begin to dream of, a heaven that is so awesome
there are no words in the human language to describe it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it.

       Because words cannot begin to describe what heaven is like, there is very little in the bible to show us what
to expect. We can find  references to heaven having streets of Gold, and city wall’s having gates that are made of
huge Pearls. Than too we find references of the walls of the city being made of precious stones, and references
telling us of the Glory of God, and the fact that there will never night or darkness in heaven. We also read of
glorious eternal peace that is present in heaven, yet, the words we find written in he bible still cannot describer the
beauty, the peace or the glory, that is waiting for those who are prepared, who have accepted Jesus as their
savior and king, and will be allowed into heaven. Our words, our eyes, and our imagination is not capable of
comprehending the beauty, or the glory that awaits us there.

       In the bible we find that God allowed several to see heaven. The Apostle John, who wrote the book of
Revelation, is one of them. Yet he had a hard time describing what he saw. He tried to describe what he saw with
words he knew, and he tried to describe the images he was allowed to see with earthly images he knew of, but as
hard as he tried, his words were not sufficient to describe or to tell us what he sea in heaven. I can not help but
believe this is why Revelation has so many images, and so many things that are veiled to us. His words could not
describe what he saw.

       How would it be possible for man to describe the glories of heaven? How would it be possible for a man to
put into words things which are unspeakable? How could a man describe things he had seen, or tell others of what
he had heard and experiences in his vision of heaven, and to do so in a way that is understandable to all when it is
all beyond comprehension? The truth is, it’s impossible just as Paul tells us in first Corinthians. So, if that’s the
case, and it is, how can we know what heaven is like? How can we be assured that we want to go? How can we
know if it‘s a destination worth our efforts to get there?

       I have heard it said that the bible talks more about hell then it does about heaven. I am not totally sure this is
a correct statement, but there are a lot of references to hell in the bible and numerous descriptions as to what it will
be like. Hell, in every sense of the word, is the complete opposite of heaven, just as Satan is the opposite of God.
Whereas God is the creator, Satan is the destroyer. Whereas in God there is goodness and complete
righteousness, in Satan, there is no goodness, and there is absolutely no righteousness.

       Hell is a place of everlasting torment, whereas heaven is a place of eternal rest. In heaven there will be no
crying, whereas in hell, there will be no joy, no happiness, and you can bet there will be plenty of crying. The bible
tells us that there will be no night in heaven, because there the glory of God will forever give forth light, whereas in
hell, there will be no light. What’s interesting about hell is that will be a fire burning, but that fire will not give forth
any light. Hell will be encased in eternal darkness. It will be similar to being in a cavern when they turn out the
lights. If you have ever had this experiences, you will remember how dark it was. It is so dark you can't  see your
hand in front of your face. That is how the darkness in hell is going to be, and worse. It will be so dark you will not
be able to see a thing, yet there will be a fire burning that gives no light.

       Hell is the complete opposite of heaven. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:9

I Corinthians 2:9
9.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things
    
which God hath prepared for them that love him.

       In this verse Paul is speaking of heaven, but I am here today to tell you that the same holds true for hell. This
verse could as easily have said,

       Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them who do not love him.

       Just as we cannot adequately describe the wonders of heaven, neither can our words, or our minds describe
the horrors of hell. I wish God would allow every man woman and child to look into heaven so they could see what
it is like. If he would they would certainly want to go there. I also wish that God would allow everyone to look into
hell so they could see what it is going to be like there. If he would, then those who are claiming that hell does not
exist, would change their mind, and those living for Satan would repent and start following Jesus.

       Oh if only there was a portal through which we could show those lost in sin what awaits them is they refuse to
repent and follow Jesus. If there was, we would have a lot less trouble convincing folks to straighten up and start
living their lives for Jesus. If we could only show some of own church members what hell was going to be like, and
what happens to those who refuse to commit their lives totally to Jesus and refuse to turn from the world, a revival
would break out in the church and the altars would be full of folks seeking God and wanting to better their lives.

       
Unfortunately, God is not going to give us a portal to look through to see heaven or even one to look through
to see hell. Instead we are going to have to trust in faith that both exist, and try to comprehend from the bible what
they will be like. It’s left to the preachers and teachers to tell the people, and warn them of hell, and to tell them of
heaven.

       It’s sad to say but in our society today, many preachers have stopped preaching about hell Many no longer
believe there even is a place of punishment, or a place where the wicked will suffer. Far too many churches no
longer preach or warn their members about their need to repent, or tell them about sin. As a result, many who
attend church will never see the glories of heaven, but instead will spend their eternity in eternal darkness, with the
fires of hell lapping up around them.
       
       
I remember some time ago, seeing a pickup truck with the words, HELL BOUND written on the front. I don’t
know whether the young man who owned it really though he was headed to hell, but if he did, he was in really bad
shape. Even if I did not believe I was going to hell, I would never say that about myself. I would rather say I’m
heaven bound, or that I’m God’s Kid, or something of that sort. The bible says we must believe in our heart, and
profess with our mouth. What we say is what we believe.

       
I was witnessing to a young man once who told me it did not matter what I was telling him, because he said, “I’
m going to hell anyway.” That was the first time anyone ever told me something like that and I was shocked. I told
him, he didn’t have to go to hell. I explained salvation to him and told him about God’s love, but unfortunately, he
didn’t change, at least not them. I can only hope and pray that he has seen the light and come to the knowledge of
Jesus. If he hasn’t, some day he will open his eyes in hell and it will be too late.

       I cannot imagine not making it to heaven. Heaven is going to be so wonderful. The bible tells us that there Is
no sickness, no suffering, no crying and no pain. I personally will be very glad be get rid of this old body of mine
that hurts so much and get one that never will. I’ll be happy to leave this old world with its misery and pain and go
to a place of peace and love. In heaven God will wipe away all tears, and no-one will ever cry. In heaven we will
receive a glorified body, a body we cannot begin to comprehend. In heaven there will be no sickness. There will be
no cancer, no heart disease, no headaches, high blood pressure, depression, or any other ailments. Those with
body parts missing now, will have a complete restored body with everything intact. Those who were born blind or
have lost their sight will receive there sight and the first person they will see in heaven is Jesus.     

       All this is wonderful, but the greatest thing we will experience in heaven is perfect love, the same love God
the Father has, the same love God the son has. With that kind of love there will be no jealousy, back-biting,
arguing, anger, resentment, hatred, or bitterness against one another. Instead we will love with a perfect love, a
love beyond anything we can  begin to comprehend.  

       On the other hand, none of this will be in hell. Some of you might think you have lived through hell on earth.
Some of you might think it cannot get any worse than it is now. Some of you may think you have suffered, been
hurt, or experience more than anyone should have had to suffer.  Some of you have seen things and, experiences
things at the hands of others that has made your life miserable. Others have suffering debilitating illnesses, such
as cancer of heart problems. Some are even now suffering pain that makes your life unbearable. You may be
thinking that hell could not be much worse than this, but I am here today to tell you it can and it will be much worse.

       There will be no sickness, sorrow pain or suffering in heaven, because God will cast all those things in hell. If
you think your suffering on earth has been bad, think again. In hell, every sickness, every pain, every heartache,
every calamity known to men plus a bunch that we never heard of, will plague the residents of hell for ever not
even speaking of the eternal  flames of hell. In heaven there is no sadness, no crying, no anger or hatred, whereas
in hell that’s all you will find.

       
Jesus referred to hell as a place of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, he also referred to it as outer
darkness. Hell is that place of outer darkness. When a body brushes against another body, just a simple touch will
cause severe pain and suffering, fist will fly, curses will be flung out, there will be great gnashing of teeth, crying
and wailing.

       Unfortunately, for those who experience these things, it will be too late, Once you are condemned to hell, you
are condemned for all eternity, forever separated from God, forever separated from Jesus, without love, without
help, and without hope. That my friends will be the worst thing to endure, the absence of hope, yet in hell there will
be none.

       The time of hope is today. today is the accepted time, Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow could be
entirely too late, eternally too late. You, me and everyone in this world is but one heartbeat, and one breath away
from death. At any given time, we could die, and it would be eternally over for us. There is no second chance, no
repenting later, no accepting Jesus after you are gone, your only hope to accept him now.

       I am not taking about which cereal to purchase or what outfit to wear, I‘m talking about where you will are
going to spend your eternity. We will spend our eternity somewhere. It’s not over when you die, it’s only beginning.
What you do right now will determine what happens then. You don’t simply go to sleep and that’s it. When you die,
you are immediately judged and you will go to your final destination, either heaven or hell.

       In your heart you should know where you will spend your eternity. You need to know because by knowing
you will prepare for it and live like you are going to that final destination You don’t have to do anything to go to hell,
but to go to heaven there are certain things you need to do.

       First you must realize and admit that you are a sinner. Secondly, you must believe in and confess that Jesus
is Lord. Thirdly you must confess your sins to Jesus and ask him to forgive you. Fourthly, you must ask Jesus into
your heart and make him the Lord of your life. Finally, you must believe in your heart and confess with your mouth
that Jesus is your savior than you are saved and on your way to heaven. Following this, you need to be baptized
and start living your life the way the bible tells you to live, turning form all wickedness and following after Jesus.
Than it is very important to find and attend a bible believing church and become active in it. Nothing you have to
give up, nothing you have to change in your life is worth more that what God will give you of you believe in him and
follow his teaching.

I Corinthians 2:9
9.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things
    
which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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