Hell was created
for the devil and his angels. (See Matthew 25:41.) The
whole process of redemption effected on the cross shows
that God is not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance. (See 2 Peter 3:9.) God
is also holy and cannot tolerate sin. We condemn ourselves
by willfully sinning. By sending His Son to offer up His
life, God has provided a way of escape from the just consequences
of our sins and has called us to let people know about
Jesus Christ and His atoning blood that brings reconciliation
between God and man.
If the message
of salvation is not communicated to a lost world, it will
not be Gods fault, but ours who are charged by Him
to relay the message. Ezekiel declared that if we fail
to do all we can to warn men of their sins and their need
for repentance, their blood will be required at our hands
(Ezekiel 33:6). God has commissioned us, His church, to
deliver His message of salvation to the world.
Much of Gods
just judgment in eternity is a mystery. It isnt
possible to know and understand what God hasnt revealed.
(See Romans 11:33.) Rather, we must believe and obey the
truth God has given to us. Nothing takes away our responsibility
to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all creation.
Our part is not to question and speculate, but to recognize
Gods holiness and love that He is both just
and merciful. Ultimately God is the judge. Our responsibility
is to do everything possible to let the world know about
Christ and His salvation. We must trust everything else
to Gods sovereign will.
Bueno is executive director of Assemblies of God World