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The Parables #123

The rich man and Lazarus, # 8. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We come to the final section of the parable, verses 27-31.

We sang a lovely hymn this morning.

There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,

A peace it cannot take away;

Tho’ the trials of life may surround like a cloud,

I’ve a peace that has come there to stay!

Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine; 

Constantly abiding, rapture divine; 

He never leaves me lonely, whispers, O so kind: 

“I will never leave thee,” Jesus is mine.

I did not choose the hymn but it fits what I have to say very well. The peace spoken of in the hymn, those sinners in hell can never know!

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

We have been thinking of the knowledge the rich man in hell possessed. He believed a lot of things now that he had rejected while alive. However, there has not been that ‘renewing of his mind’ that conversion brings. As Paul said: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God,” Romans 12:2. That being so, this poor damned sinner cannot grasp the gospel! The soul that is born again by the power and grace of the HolyGhost is renewed and can understand!

Notice that this man argues with Abraham. He contradicts Abraham! “Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent,” verse 30. He has still that natural, fallen, rebellious mind that took him to hell in the first place! He knew better than such an one as Abraham! Hell is a place of arguments still!

Now I said on Tuesday past, that his thinking is the same as many, many people today.

They would readily tell you that if someone were to come back from the dead they would believe! No they wouldn’t. They did not believe when Christ raised the dead etc.

“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter,” Acts 17:31-32. But Jesus did rise fo=rom the dead! Proof is found in Mark 15:43-45.

Men always believe that they can improve on God’s means of saving souls. Rich man had a better way than God’s way – he thought! “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

The parables #122

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt7. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We come to the final section of the parable, verses 27-31.

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

We are permitted to see into the mind of a lost soul in hell.

The lost soul will see the value of avoiding hell. ‘That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ He knew his brethren were just like he was before he died, unthinking about eternity. He wanted Lazarus to ‘earnest plead’ (this is what the word ‘testify’ means) with them about the need of their soul. It was too late for him but they could be warned.

Though he saw the danger his brethren were in, he remains in darkness about the truth of God.

What he asks for is quite contrary to the mind and will of God. The ONLY message that can save the soul is not the witness of one rising from the dead BUT ‘Moses and the prophets’, that is the Bible. There is the ONLY means of the soul being warned. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever,” 1 Peter 1:23.

The only WORD that has power to awaken sinners is God’s Word.

The Parables #121

The rich man and Lazarus, #6.

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We continue our observations on this parable.

How things are going to change in eternity for the sinner and for the child of God!

How gladly the rich man would have received help from Lazarus. During has life he would not have touched Lazarus with a yard brush! Now he would gladly have him touch his tongue!
He who had enjoyed his ‘good things’ now would be glad of a drop-off water! Verse 24.

Even that is denied to sinners in hell. There is NO RELIEF in hell. It is a place of ‘torment’, verse 24.

In contrast ‘Lazarus’ is comforted. Verse 25. He who had been ‘laid’ at the rich man’s gate is lying in the bosom of the Lord.

There is no escape from hell. Verse 26. Please note what Paul said: 1 say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,” Rom 9:1-3.
How strong the desire to see sinners saved!

But no one in heaven could go to offer help to those in hell and certainly those in hell cannot move to heaven!!

The Parables #120

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt5. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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I want to enlarge a little upon what we read in verses 23-31. Here we have recorded a conversation between the rich man and Abraham.

The wonderful knowledge beyond the grave. He recognises Abraham though he could never have met him! (Matt 17:4).

He asks for mercy. Verse 24. How sad it is to feel a need of mercy when it cannot be had and all the time it could have been enjoyed, it was ignored and rejected!

Please read Proverbs 1:24-31.

How clearly will the lost sinner see and feel the difference between himself and the redeemed. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom,” verse 23. He is afar off amongst the redeemed.

Sinners often take great pains to get far away from Christians. How different will be their thinking in eternity.

The Parables #119

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt4. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We have been looking at some preliminary matters related to the setting of this parable as recorded in verses 19-21. Now I want to consider in some detail just what the Saviour says. 

Please note that the Saviour wants us to understand that man does not cease to be when he dies! All who have died up to this moment still exist. They still exist as the person they were while alive, verses 22-23. Who they had been before they continue to be! 

Upon death, there is a separating of the saved and the lost. We are required to separate ourselves from wicked people as much as possible here on earth, Psalm 1:1, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Thess 3:14. Full and complete separation is not possible here. “Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world,” 1 Cor 5:10. But when we die we will be separated completely from sinners.

Punishment for the unsaved and blessing for the saved begins immediately upon death. Of course, these attend the both parties here on earth, but there is a fulness to these after death. Psalm 1:1, 32:2, 34:8. Likewise for the sinner. “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity,” Proverbs 22:8. Galatians 6:7-8. But while trouble follows the sinner he will enter into it in fuller measure when he dies.

We have this truth set forth in the words of the Saviour. “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,” verses 22-23.

The circumstances of the beggar improved above measure while those of the rich man plummeted!

The beggar was carried into the paradise reserved for the saints while the rich man went to a place of torment, all pleasure ended!

Note the role of angels in the lives of the redeemed, Hebrews 1:14.

Death seals our eternal state. Whatever state we are in when we die, we cannot alter it. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. The word ‘judgment’ refers to ‘separation’. The beggar and the rich man were separated from each other by ‘a great gulf’, verse 26.

Boys and girls, our life is the only opportunity we have of getting ready for eternity. Do not miss your chance. “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,” Hebrews 3:7-8.

Do not harden your hearts against the voice of the Lord Jesus calling you to Himself for salvation. Rather say like Samuel: “Speak; for thy servant heareth, 1 Samuel 3:10.