He’s begging, him, this rich man. He knows it’s too late for him, but he is begging in this passage for an opportunity – some way or another – to warn those headed in his footsteps. What happens next? This figure he sees as Abraham answers, and he says what? He says they have the Scriptures, let them read them!
Friends, the Bible is the most printed book in history. It’s not being hidden from you. It’s not being chained away in darkness while you race headlong toward Hell.
Read the Scriptures! Know the Lord and read His Word! He left His Word for us to guide us, to strengthen us, to provide us unequivocally with the truth. The revealed Word of God can turn unbelief into faith through revealing to us the truth. The truth, Christ assured us, will set you free.
The Scriptures are so important to our relationship with the Almighty..
That response though wasn’t enough for the rich man though, and he said:
“…Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.”
The Abraham figure rebuffed he saying “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
If the Scriptures aren’t enough to bring them to the truth of God and the reality of eternity, then even one who could be risen from the dead wouldn’t be enough to change their mind!
Lazarus, raised from the dead, would not be enough to bring them to salvation! Abraham, even if he were to have went back himself, would not have been enough to convince them all of the truth! We do have someone who came back from the grave though, don’t we?
We have a Savior who paid our ransom with His own blood, who died, who was buried, and who rose from the grave, and then walked amongst men for forty days before ascending into Heaven! We have a risen Savior, Amen!
We have the Scriptures that attest to His mission. We have history to vindicate His existence. We have the testimonies of all those who have been changed by His grace. We have no doubt of who He was and what He came to do, but people still refuse to believe!!!
They still refuse to accept the truth!
So many refuse to accept the salvation he feely grants.
Abraham told the rich man that even if one raised from the grave they wouldn’t believe, and it’s sadly true. Unbelief is worse today than it has ever been…
In fact, here in America, those people who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, make up roughly 23% of the adult population. Furthermore, 35% of Millennials identify this way.
Atheism, a rejection of Christ and eternity, is a wildfire and it is being stoked by our society at every turn. Everything from entertainment to the education system are feeding this blindness.
It’s a terrible fact, but you know what? Atheism is only a temporary condition…
“Hell & the Rich Man” continues next time…
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