R. C. Sproul on Mark 9:42-50
The Reality and truth of eternal hell (conscious ongoing torment; when a person is justly left in their sin and rebellion that keeps intensifying in hatred toward God), –
” . . . hell, “where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47-48 – quoting Isaiah 66:24)
R. C. Sproul on Mark 9:42-50.
see also other verses he does not cover –
Revelation 14:10; -unbelievers are punished forever in hell in the presence of the Lamb – hell is where the wrath of God is poured out in full strength forever and people there do not repent but deeper and deeper into hatred and blasphemies against God.
Revelation 20:10-15 (final judgement day); Matthew 5:21-30;
God has authority to send people to hell. Fear Him!
Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5
Obviously, Jesus does not mean literally to cut off your hand or gouge out your eye or cut off your foot – (see Matthew 5:21-30 and Mark 7:14-23) because the mind and heart can still sin in lust, covetousness, anger, bitterness, pride, arrogance, jealousy, etc. – but whatever thoughts and actions that take you into sin – cut out those thoughts and thinking patterns and practices. may mean turning off the TV and getting a good filter and accountability for internet and cutting off time with old friends that tempt you to sin, “eye” – points to lust and covetousness, “hand” – points to sins done with the hand, “foot” – don’t go to certain places. Colossians 3:5-8 – put those sins to death. “let them be killed by lack of nutriment and lack of exercise” – (John Eadie, commentary on Colossians)
The Root of sinful behavior is a sinful heart – Mark 7:14-23, Matthew 5:21-30; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9
There is only one way to be saved from sin:
John 14:6; Romans 10:9-15; Acts 4:12; John 3:18; John 3:36
We need a new heart: Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10
“he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
verse 10 – hell is “in the presence of the lamb” – Satan does not rule in hell, God does – hell is God’s judgment and justice and wrath – a holy and righteous judgment/justice. Repent before it is too late!
Sproul made no comment on verses 49 or 50. Verse 49 seems to say that “for everyone will be salted with fire” = everyone (believers and unbelievers) will have fiery trials of suffering in this life, but make sure you repent and trust Christ before you die, because the previous verses (42-48) speak of eternal hell in the after life.
v. 50 – Jesus suddenly takes the subject away from eternal hell and fire, and the idea of being salted with fire, reminded Him of the need to exhort believers to live holy and attractive (flavorful – make people thirsty for the truth) – “have salt in yourselves” = (see Matthew 5:13-16) =make sure you live a holy life and witness with your mouth – speak up and evangelize, but also make sure you live holy and have love, so that you don’t bring shame on the name and cause of Christ.
Alisa Childers also has a good video on 3 misconceptions of hell: (don’t let the “torture chamber?” question throw you off – that is not exactly what she actually explains. seems to be there to get your attention. Listen to the whole thing please. She explains things well. Satan is not ruling in hell, Satan is not torturing people – it is actually God in His wrath who is actively judging people and people in hell are not repentant – they are going deeper and deeper into their hatred of God, anger at God and bitterness and cursing at God – “gnashing of teeth” in many NT passages (Matthew 8:12; Matthew 13:42; 13:50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28) is about a hard heart that is angry and bitter and is full of hatred of God – refusing to repent – this attitude that people will have in hell is illustrated in a graphic way, in popular culture like the way Anakin Skywalker was more angry and bitter against Obi Wan Kenobi in “Revenge of the Sith” Star Wars, episode # 3. After Obi Wan cut off his legs in the famous light saber battle on the volcanic planet with lava, Mustafar. Instead of repenting, Anakin went deeper into his hatred and screamed at Obi Wan and said, “I hate you!” with a very bitter spirit and full of spite and rancor. The acting was good at this point. That is exactly what the “gnashing of teeth” and the attitude of people in hell will be.