What Does Gnashing Of Teeth Mean? A Bible Study

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You have likely heard of the term “gnashing of teeth.”  What does this mean?  Is it just an expression or is it something that will literally happen?  Who does it mean?

Ever Been Angry?

I bet you have been angry. I believe that every human that has ever lived has gotten angry.  I remember a guy I used to work with and when he got angry, he would clinch his jaw shut and tighten down his jaw.  You could see the jaw muscles twitch as he displayed his anger.  He was literally “gnashing his teeth.”  Sometime people do this when they have just missed a great opportunity.   I saw this frequently happen when someone just missed their flight at the airport, when the school bus driver couldn’t stand the noise, when someone was disappointed by something that happened or maybe a deep regret over something that they did that they wish they could take back.  Does this make sense?  When someone “gnashes their teeth” it could mean that they have great anger, they are extremely disappointment, they have great regret or maybe all three.

The Outer Darkness

Jesus spoke more about hell than He ever did heaven.  Why?  He passionately desired that no one go there.  We do know that God’s wish is that no one goes to eternal judgment (1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9).  Listen to these warnings Jesus gives about being sent into the outer darkness:

Matthew 22:13 “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 8:12 “the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:30 “And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Outer Darkness, Gnashing of Teeth, and Weeping

Notice the outer darkness goes with the gnashing of teeth.  This is a place of judgment that cannot be crossed back over from.  There will be eternal weeping or regret…regret from hearing the gospel and knowing about the grace of God yet rejecting Him time and time again.  This regret will be so intense that people will be grinding (or gnashing) their teeth for all time.  Some say, “Well, not today…maybe tomorrow” which may be what Jesus meant when He told this parable “My master is delayed,’ and he begins to beat his fellow servants[and] and eats and drinks with drunkards, [then] the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt 24:48-51). This is why time and time again Jesus warned that “you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt 24:44).

Since God is light (John 1) then complete separation from God must be total darkness.

Since God is light (John 1) then complete separation from God must be total darkness.

I once got nearly lost in a cave in Arkansas.  It was frightening.  You could hardly see your hand in front of your face.  I was terrified that I would die in this cave and be separated from my family and friends forever.  That is what is meant by the outer darkness. It is a total and complete separation from God and from any light at all.  And, it is for all eternity.

Jesus’ Final Warning

Jesus gives us all time because it is still today (2 Cor 6:2) but time is running out and too many will delay their chance for salvation.  For them, it is “that place [where] there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen (Matt 22:13-14).  We need to read that again!  “Many are called…but few…very few…are chosen!”  The very sobering fact is that someday those who believed that they were saved or kept putting it off or maybe even thought that they were a pretty good person will hear these terrifying words from Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Notice that “many” will call out to Him and claim to have done works in His name but Jesus shocks them.  He will not say that He did not know them well or that He knew about them, be He never knew them!  For those who profess Christ and do not possess Christ, He says “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt 7:19-20).  Jesus said that we would be known by our fruit, not by our words (Matt 7:15-20).

Conclusion

God doesn’t send anyone to hell.  People choose to go there because they don’t want God to rule over them.  Sadly, most do not understand that God’s rule is a joyous rule.  There is so much joy in being a child of God that no human or earthly pleasure can surpass it.  The Devil may think he can influence people that haven’t repented and trusted in Christ to believe that there is no heaven.  Nope, that won’t work (Psalm 19:1).  Maybe he’ll convince them there is no hell.  No, people have a conscience and know better (Rom 1).  One demon suggested, “We’ll convince them that there is no hurry.  That’s it! said the Devil.”  Since no one is guaranteed that they will live beyond tomorrow, and Christ could return at any moment, choose today…right now…to repent and confess your sins, apologize to God for them, ask for His forgiveness, and trust in Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Otherwise, you might live to regret it…forever…and this weeping and gnashing of teeth is all that you will do for all time…time without end.  Please consider Jesus.

More to read: End Times: Are We in the Last Days?

Resource –  “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



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Jean-Marc March 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

God Bless you this Is a really good article I have a question does the holy spirit already inhabit a person before baptism im a teen and im not baptised i will be soon though and I have felt the spirit before I believe I have I felt him yesterday but one side of me doubts my salvation

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Jack Wellman March 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

When a person repents and confesses their sins and puts their trust in the Savior, they receive the Holy Spirit. Then they should get baptized. So the Holy Spirit must be present first because sinner would never come to faith unless the Spirit first prompts them and makes them see their own sinfulness and their need for the Savior. Does this answer make sense Jean-Marc? Thank you for a very good question. Everyone has doubts by the way…that is the enemy but know this that human feelings are the shallowest and most undependable things in the universe but the Word of God is more sure than the sun rising tomorrow. It’s not about what you “feel” but about what you “know” to be true (John 3:16-17). Read these and believe for God cannot lie: John 6:37, 39; John 10:28-29 and then Romans chapter 8 and these should really help eliminate doubts.

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Jack Wellman March 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm

thank you for your kind words. We all do have doubts but there is certainty in God’s Word and humans have a great capacity to trust feelings. Trust Him and not your doubts. Read Rom chapter 8, John 6:37, 39 and John 10:28-29 to see why I say that.

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Jean-Marc March 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Thank you Pastor this really helped God Bless

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Jack Wellman March 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I am glad you were helped here by this and all glory to God and His holy word.

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Jack H March 20, 2014 at 3:05 am

Hello, Pastor Jack! Yet another wonderful article! Indeed, there will be much pain in Hell, and only those saved by Jesus can escape its terrors. On an unrelated note, the stories about the Malaysia MH370 has to be one of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century. How is it that 13 nations still cannot find it? I do however concede, that Australia have saw some wreckage in the sea that might be the plane. However, its only a possibility at this point. I feel God, or another supernatural being had something to do with the events… hope the passengers are OK.

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Jack Wellman March 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks my friend Jack. I had heard the news too and hope it at least gives the members of the families who lost their loved ones some closure on this soon. I doubt very much the passengers survived.

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Candice April 14, 2014 at 2:20 am

Hi, Jack. Reading this article brought me back into reality and truth; that I will have to be judged and go to heaven or hell. I have a question, but it may be confusing. Do you believe that God would allow someone to be born if He knew they could not be saved? I don’t mean like they could not be saved because they rejected God but because maybe they just aren’t meant to be saved? Maybe this doesn’t make sense. It’s just that I fear I am this person. I fear that I have sinned too much, too badly to be saved. I feel I was never meant to be born. I allowed intrusive blasphemous thoughts to get into my head and I let them take over my life (I feel I have committed an unforgivable sin.) Honestly, that was the start of my downfall. Then after that, things just began getting worse and worse in my life that it seemed as if God just disappeared. It wasn’t like I expected life to be easy when I became a Christian. I just didn’t know how badly the spiritual warfare would get. I made the unconscious decision to walk away from Him. It bothers me everyday of my life…that I made that decision. If you look at my life as I live it right now, you would never be able to tell that I was once a strong, devoted, God-worshipping Christian. My life, everything, is falling to pieces. I just want to give up on this life. There is something in me, it feels so beyond real, that tells me I could never go back to God. I would appreciate very much any advice or answers you could give me. Thank you for your time. Your work for The LORD is incredible. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman April 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

I believe God does know who will be saved and who will not but each person is still free to choose Christ or reject Him (John 3:16-18) and if they reject Him, it is not God’s choice but their own free will choice. God allows all who are born to be born but He doesn’t intend for anyone to perish but that all would be saved (2 Peter 3:9). I don’t believe that God predestines people to be born just to be sent to hell. That is not found in the Bible that I could find. You said you were never meant to be born? Why do you say that? No birth is an accident but God is sovereign over all that happens. No one can outsin what was done on the cross. How many of your sins were still ahead when Christ died? The answer is all of them. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven except not trusting in Christ. We are promised to have ALL our sins forgiven once confessed (1 JOhn 1:9) then read Romans 8 to see if this can be lost. Also John 6:37,39 and 10:28-29 are guarantees for those who trust in Him. Please read this article at: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-unforgivable-sin-a-biblical-analysis/ to see why you cannot outsin God’s work in Christ at Calvary.

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Candice April 20, 2014 at 1:38 am

Hi again. Thank you very much for your response, it did answer my question&it was very helpful. Yes, I did say I feel like I was never meant to be born. That is how I feel. I say that because everyone who goes to God is given this beautiful new life…they are reborn. But as for me, I was given that life, I was reborn, and then I just walked away. True children of God are meant to withstand trials. Their faith is meant to be refined through the fire. But when my greatest trials, my deepest suffering came, I gave up. What’s left for me? It feels too late for me. I live like I never found God and Jesus. I feel so empty and sinful inside. I have a question, are these thoughts that I could never return to God, these thoughts that I’m going to hell no matter what I do, only ideas that Satan or his demons put into my mind? Is it a trick so they fool me into never returning to God? Also, I read through Romans 8 and I had a question. What does verse 36 mean? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
I just truly wanted to have a clear understanding on what this verse means. Thank you so much for your help. I am very sorry to bother you again, but please know that I appreciate your comments very much.

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Jack Wellman April 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Do you really think that anyone can outsin the work of Christ on the cross? We know that Christ died for all sins of all people for all time but many will reject believing in Him. The verse in Romans 8 you mentioned, ”
For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

has the answer in the very next verses…..”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I would speak with your pastor, and also enter a Sunday school class because the more you read the Word of God and study it the more the Word will give you assurance. Jesus is called the Good Shepherd and what good shepherd would leave with 100 sheep and think, “Oh well, I brought back only 95 of them…that’s not bad….95 out of a 100.” NO, Jesus protects and keeps His own sheep. You must believe Him and take Him as His Word and not take your feelings or doubts as truth.

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Candice April 23, 2014 at 1:16 am

No, I don’t believe that anyone can outsin the work of Christ on the cross. When I truly think about it, these thoughts that I have contradict God’s promises in the Bible. I just realized that so many of the questions I have were already answered at the cross. Jesus is the answer. Thank you for answering my question about the verse in Romans 8. Also, thank you for telling me to read that chapter, it really made an impact on me. I wanted to ask that you could maybe pray for me that I would seek and find God again. Thank you for your help and God bless.

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Jack Wellman April 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

I am so glad Candice. You are not alone in feeling this way, believe me. I am overjoyed the chapter helped. I heard once pastor say once that if he only had once chapter to take with him on a deserted island, it would be Romans 8. I tend to agree with him. Praying for you Candice. God can be found…in fact, I believe you already have in Romans 8.

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lori June 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I need you to clarify what weeping and gnashing of teeth means in regards to the unprofitable servant. I have been taught that this will happen at the judgement seat of christ. If you have lived a carnal lifestyle and not a spirit lead lifestyle that you will be weeping and gnashing your teeth for 1000 Years during the millenial reign and you will not get to attend the wedding supper of the lamb and that you will be cast out from Gods presence during the wedding supper. I am completely distressed because I feel I have been carnal most of my life. I try so hard to be led by the spirit and live every moment of my life for christ but I continually fail. I don’t want to be a cast away in gods kingdom. I am saved but I worry about my punishment for being carnal. Can you please explain these things to me? Thank you

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hi Lori….I have never heard that the weeping and gnashing of teeth is due to being excluded or left out of the wedding feast of the Lamb of God and know of no Scriptures that support this belief. I think it is wrong. Re-read the article and the entire chapters in which I referred to the weeping and gnashing of teeth and you will see that these are they who have refused to believe in and rejected Jesus as Savior. It is for those who refuse to repent, not for those who have already repented and trusted in the Savior. We who have been born again NOW have peace with God (Rom 5:1) and have had the wrath of God removed from off of us because it was placed on Christ at the cross. Read 2 Cor 5:21 where we become the rightouessnes of Christ because “He who knew no sin (Christ) became sin FOR us so that we might been seen (by the Father) as having the (same) righteousness of Christ.” That’s why its called the good news. Read John chapter 6, 7 and 10 to see why I say that. Also read Romans 8 and don’t “worry” because our feelings are totally unreliable but God’ Word is sure (John 6:37, 39; John 10:27-29). God will never “cast away” (or turn away is a better translation) AANY that come to Him (John 6:37). Believe God’s Word and not your feelings. If you have repented and confessed your sins they are forgiven (1 John 1:9) and you know you will be saved (Rom 10:9-13; John 3:16-17). Stay in the gospel of John for a while. Do you read your Bible daily? Do this and God’s Word will give you reassurance of your future (Rev 21,22). I don’t know where you “have been taught this” but believe the Bible over what any man says or teaches for God cannot lie.

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lori June 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Thank you so much. I will read the versus that you gave me. I just have one more question. I know there are carnal Christians as well as spiritual Christians who lay every part of themselves down for christ. What will be the judgement on the carnal Christian at the judgement seat of christ. Will only the spiritual Christians rule and reign with christ? I am trying to give everything I have to christ but I feel that I keep getting overcome instead off being an over comer. I try my best but I still fail every time it seems. I am so discouraged and don’t want to get rebuked at the judgement seat. Also what does it mean when it is talking about the judgement seat that we will receive what we have done in the body whether good or bad. Your response has given me lots of peace. Thank you

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

There are no such things as “carnal Christians” in the Bible or in any church. Paul was asking the Corinthian church “aren’t you being carnal” The word “carnal” is translated from the Greek word sarkikos, which literally means “fleshly.” This descriptive word is seen in the context of Christians in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. In this passage, the apostle Paul is addressing the readers as “brethren,” a term he uses almost exclusively to refer to other Christians; he then goes on to describe them as “carnal.” Therefore, we can conclude that Christians can be carnal. The Bible is absolutely clear that no one is sinless (1 John 1:8).

The key thing to understand is that while a Christian can be, for a time, carnal, a true Christian will not remain carnal for a lifetime. Some have abused the idea of a “carnal Christian” by saying that it is possible for people to come to faith in Christ and then proceed to live the rest of their lives in a completely carnal manner, with no evidence of being born again or a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Such a concept is completely unbiblical. James 2 makes it abundantly clear that genuine faith will always result in good works. Ephesians 2:8-10 declares that while we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, that salvation will result in works. Can a Christian, in a time of failure and/or rebellion, appear to be carnal? Yes. Will a true Christian remain carnal? No.

A common misconception which arises from this English translation is that God will mete out a just retribution for sins in the believer’s life, and some measure of retributive punishment for sins will result. As it will be shown below, though it is tremendously serious with eternal ramifications, the judgment seat of Christ is not a place and time when the Lord will mete out punishment for sins committed by the child of God. Rather, it is a place where rewards will be given or lost depending on how one has used his or her life for the Lord.

With reference to sin, Scripture teaches that the child of God under grace shall not come into judgment (John 3:18; 5:24; 6:37; Rom. 5:1; 8:1; 1 Cor. 11:32); in his standing before God, and on the ground that the penalty for all sin—past, present, and future (Col. 2:13)—has been borne by Christ as the perfect Substitute, the believer is not only placed beyond condemnation, but being in Christ is accepted in the perfection of Christ (1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:6; Col. 2:10; Heb. 10:14) and loved of God as Christ is loved (John 17:23).

As for loss and rewards at a Christian’s judgment or time or rewards (1 Cor 13:13-15) Paul wrote “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire .” This fire will be to destroy and remove unacceptable production portrayed in the symbols of wood, hay, and stubble. All sinful deeds, thoughts, and motives, as well as all good deeds done in the energy of the flesh will be consumed like wood, hay, and stubble before a fire because they are unworthy of reward but those things done for the glory of and the sake of Christ will not burn up. The person is saved but “;but he (or she) himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire .” Does this make sense?

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lori June 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Sorry forgot to answer your question. Yes I read my bible every day but some of it confuses me. Like the unprofitable servant parable. It seems from the verse that the servant is a born again believer because he was a servant of the king. That is what I was worried about because he was cast into outer darkness where there is wheeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Lori, no problem. The unprofitable servant is one in which never received the Word of God and thereby, failed to repent and trust in Christ. Jesus once spoke of what does it profit a man (or woman) if they should gain the whole word and lose their soul and so an unprofitable servant is one that never came to saving faith in Christ. I would talk with your pastor about your doubts. Have you already spoken with him? I suggest you do and also get yourself into Sunday school and Weds night study at your church if possible and stay in the Bible daily. That will go a long way in reassuring you about your salvation.

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lori June 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

That clarifies a lot. Thank you. The problem I am having is that I am a smoker. I am trying my best to quit but I can’t seem to go over a few days without falling and I smoke again. I just feel like I am quenching the holy spirit in my life and I feel distant from the Lord. Also I am married to an unbeliever and have tried to witness to him many times and he has told me that under no circumstances will he ever come to christ so I should stop talking to him about it. His family are all unsaved and I want to share the love of christ with them but am afraid that he will be furious. I am involved in a good church but he refuses to let me go anytime other than Sunday morning. I have no family here and all of his friends area my friends. I feel guilty because I am not witnessing to them. They are all Muslim and I would love to see them saved but am afraid of my husbands reaction. Yes I do have a pastor but when I talk to him he just encourages me to be faithful he says that when you are born again as I am that your salvation is secure but I just feel that there has to be consequences to my being unfaithful with the things listed above. Can you give me any advice? Your responses are helping me. Thank you

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Lori, you are certainly in a hard place. I think that you should not do any more witnessing to your husband because once you do this a few times, you can actually harden his heart by continuing to do so. Let the Holy Spirit do the convicting now that you have witnessed to him, which was a good thing and I am glad you had the courage to do that. Love him just as much as you can and then as Paul wrote in 1 Cor 7:13-16 “If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you[b] to peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?” Pray for his and the friends of your husbands for God can change even a pagan king’s heart (Prov 21:1) and so nothing is impossible for Him but whether they come to know Jesus is always up to God. As for smoking, we are all at different places in our life…there is no sin which can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8) so don’t be too hard on yourself in this area. All Christians struggle all of their lives to overcome sin (Rom 7) so you are not alone in this. Just stay in prayer over your husband and their friends, love him the very most you can and live with him and as Paul said “how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband.”

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lori June 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

Thank you so much. You have truly been a blessing to me. You have helped in so many areas. Keep up the Lords work. He is definately using you to help others. God Bless

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2014 at 10:39 am

Thank you Lori…truly, all glory belongs to Jesus and Him alone for I would know nothing unless He first imparted this to me by the Holy Spirit.

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lori June 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

I am sorry to keep asking questions but there is a scripture that I don’t understand. In the book of revelation Jesus tells the church in smyrna that if they don’t overcome they could be hurt by the second death. Isnt that a reference to the lake of fire? Is it possible for a true born again believer to be thrown into the lake of fire?

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Hi Lori. Yes, the second death is the lake of fire but Jesus is speaking to many who profess Christ but don’t possess Christ. That is they claim to be Christian but never read their Bible, attend church, pray and I find this in witnessing to people as there are 85% of people who think that they are “good people” and expect to go to heaven, yet they have never repented like you have and do not ever read their Bible or are not attached to the local Body of Christ which is disobedience (Heb 10:24-25). That is not you. Who is it that will not go to the second death? Those who have overcome and who is it that has overcome the world? Read 1 John 5:4-5 and it tells you who has overcome: “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” You believe that Jesus is the Son of God, right? Then you HAVE overcome the world and “Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God!” Make sense?

I would still not be in Revelation yet until you have more biblical understanding of the gospels first. These should be read first. Stay in the Gospel of John please and that will be a great starting point. Then, maybe later, start in Revelation. The New Testament is given in order and we should read the first 4 gospels first and then the rest before Revelation. Start in John and that will help you a lot.

Talk to your pastor too about your uncertainty and also I highly recommend this article “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?” …print it out, read the Bible verses first and then read the Gospel of John. Here is the article that I think you should read and then re-read first Lori. It will help you a lot! The article is at this link: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/

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lori June 6, 2014 at 7:18 am

Thank you pastor jack. I am reading in john now and the article you gave me was awesome. It has given me reassurance. Again, Thank you. You have been a blessing to me.

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Greg Wikan June 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Gnashing of the teeth occurs everyday when we eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the occasional snacks in between. You who have ears to hear are responsible for the soil in which this seed lands.

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Chepo pack February 4, 2017 at 1:57 am

For God did NT give us a spirit of fear but of Love, power and a sound mind so why are we afraid of this so called- hell? Did Christ Jesus not defeat sin/ death already? Why are we afraid of death/ hell than? Does Grace not abide abundantly and is our Faith in our Lord Christ Jesus not enough? Why are we reading the Holy Bible with a carnal mentality? Did the Apostle Paul not tell us if we are carnal minded we will be carnal and if we are spiritual minded we shall see spiritual? Are we fighting spirutal hosts in high places or is it just a fight against the flesh? Don’t be “religiuos” brothers and sisters be spirutal and rely only on Christ Jesus, “The Word” of God to lead us as it should be. The Holy Ghost is our guide and Christ our intercessor not men. God bless you all. Love you all.

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Jack Wellman February 4, 2017 at 9:18 am

Thank you Chepo for your comment. Yes, God did not give us a spirit of fear but this was speaking to believers, but for unbelievers, they must be told that the wrath of God abides on them if they refuse to believe in Jesus (John 3:36b) which is what He said. He said to fear Him (God) Who can destroy both body and soul in hell, so we must preach about hell because Jesus spoke twice as much about hell as He did heaven because His desire is that no one go there.

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Chepo pack February 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

My questions are to the above: And my questions and asnwers are to edify, uplift and bring conviction upon us all not to slander or crush anyone. The sword is to be sharpened brothers and sisters! Don’t use it to slay anyone. Now, Who that you know of could you gain to follow the teaching of Christ and follow Him if you were to preach about them going to hell for not surrendering their lives and repenting of their sins? Would this tactic even work when you are preaching to a dead person whom is blind due to the things of the world? All we do is tell “satan” where he is going and the effects are rebellion in the person you’re speaking too! Can we not see this? Are we not fighting carnally and not spiritually? Why are we not preaching “Christ” and the good news for it seems the people whom claim to have understanding all they do is preach “fear” and the wrath of God to come! I don’t know all but I know that “His Love” resides in me! I don’t compromise and definitely stay away from sin for it’s shown to me what is which comes to rob me and seduce my flesh but it has no power! Why? Because I follow His will not mine. I am no longer a slave to sin and I was given “redemption” to live forever! So how do I bring the harvest to God? BY preaching the GOOD news brothers and sisters!

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Chepo pack February 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

” If we are driven to GOD for fear of hell then we are not driven by Love.” We are trying to get to heaven by works driven by the fear preached to us! We need to break off dogma and the spirit of fear which was cast upon us at one moment in our lives! This is not what God wants. He wants our hearts because we are broken and we realize we can’t do anything right without Him. That if we do it’s because HE has given us the ability and understanding to accomplish this through Him. Is God not all perfection, pure, loving etc? Preach GOD, “Love” and you shall see how much harvest will be gathered and stored into His barn. The devil has lied to us and yet we still let him get away with such things? Enough is enough! Let us preach Love, show thy good fruit , the faith and you shall see greater things! You shall see all whom come to Him because the Love of HIM resides and shines in you! God bless all and know God gave His ONLY and begotten son for us all not for some of us! Christ on the cross said, ” Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” What did HE mean by this? It means we have no discernment and what is discernment? The Apostle Paul explained it’s; Knowing the difference from good and evil! So it’s obvious we don’t know how to distinguish either or! Then how, by aligning ourselves to God’s Will through obedience and this is what Christ brought to us. This is why we are lost we don’t know what we are doing because satan has us blinded to do his evil works. If we are mean, say hurtful things, put people down crushing their spirit calling them lost or worthless, anything as such is evil and at that moment we are not in Him nor HE in us. Stop! Know who you are and stop fighting physical matter. God loves us all and it’s time to “shine” HIS light upon this fallen world. 😉

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Jack Wellman February 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Thank you friend. To hide the truth of hell is to hide the whole counsel of God. it is not fearful converts but tearful converts but that’s who the good news is so great. God’s great wrath against sinners is satisfied in Christ on the cross.

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