As Christians, we have a responsibility to understand what the Bible says about hell. Hell, after all, is not something that we can take lightly or brush aside as if it were a fairy tale. The Bible says that those who reject God will be sent to hell when they die. While this may sound like a grim prospect for unbelievers, it’s not just bad news. It’s also good news because it means there is hope for them! Jesus came so that everyone who put their faith in him could escape eternal punishment and spend eternity with God forever instead.
What Did Jesus Say About Hell
1. The Rich Man and Lazarus
The Rich Man and Lazarus is a parable told by Jesus in Luke 16:19-31. The story tells of a wealthy man who died and went to hell, while a beggar named Lazarus went to heaven. The rich man begs Abraham to send Lazarus back from heaven with water so he can be cool too, but Abraham says no because that would not be fair to the poor man in hell.
In this parable, Jesus explains that when people die they go either to heaven or hell—and there’s nothing we can do about it! We will all have an eternal home somewhere whether it is with God forever or separated from Him forever in hell.
2. A Place of Darkness
“The punishment of hell is eternal, Matthew 25:46 says, “And these will go away into eternal punishment.” The word “eternal” means forever and ever and ever. Hell is a place of darkness and torment (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30). It is described as a place where fire burns (Luke 16:24) and brimstone (sulfur) flows like water (Revelation 9:17). There is also weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42-50), which refers to the pain that sinners experience in hell. These people will be tormented by God’s wrath for all eternity because they rejected His offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.”
3. Jesus Describes It as a Place of Torment Where People Weep and Gnash Their Teeth
You can find this passage in Matthew 13:40-42, where Jesus describes hell as a place of torment where people weep and gnash their teeth.
This may sound like torture, but it’s actually what happens when you have an intense emotion and your body reacts by grinding your teeth together. For example, if you were very angry or sad about something, then you might start grinding your teeth in frustration or anger. In other words, this could be another way for Jesus to describe how awful hell is—by saying that people will be weeping from their pain and sadness.
4. Jesus Speaks about People Going There
In fact, Jesus talks about hell in a number of places. In Matthew 13:41-42 He speaks of the place where people who reject Him will go:
“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.”
They will throw them into the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus refers to it as “the outer darkness” where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (v29). In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus describes the condition of those placed outside God’s Kingdom because they rejected Him or did not believe in Him when He visited them (v41). He also says that these individuals are thrown into everlasting fire prepared for the devil (v41) and their worm does not die but rots forever (v44).
5. Jesus Speaks of It as a Place of Fire, Darkness, and Unquenchable Fire
Hell is described as a place of darkness and fire. These two things are often used together to describe hell because they represent the opposite of light and life. The Bible also says that a hell is a place where the fire never goes out, meaning that it has no end. The Bible says that in this place there will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42-50).
6. Jesus Speaks of It as a Place from Which a Sinner Cannot Escape
Jesus’ teaching on hell is clear, and it is this: the sinner will be thrown into the outer darkness. Jesus said that “the Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers…and throw them into the fiery furnace. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42). He adds that those who have done good things should not fear such judgment (Matthew 7:22-23).
Jesus also speaks about hell as a place where sinners are thrown into the fire to be burned up. He tells us that those who do evil deeds “will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
7. Jesus Describes It as a Place of Eternal Punishment
- Jesus describes hell as a place of eternal punishment.
- Jesus describes hell as everlasting punishment.
- Jesus describes hell as unending punishment.
- Jesus describes hell as an everlasting fire, and says that if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go into hell (Mark 9:43-48).
- In John 3:36, Jesus says that “he who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
8. Jesus Describes It as a Real Place Where Both Body and Soul Are Destroyed
Jesus described hell as a real place where both body and soul are destroyed. He said: “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41–42). In other words, Jesus is saying that people whose souls are not saved will go to hell by way of their bodies being cast into the lake of fire.
In addition to saying that a hell is a temporal place where life ceases (Matthew 25:46), Jesus also says that it is a spatial region located below the earth (Luke 16:23). It is dark (Revelation 20:15) with no light at all except for flames of fire—and even these are not enough to illuminate how vast this space really is!
9. Hell is not something we should take lightly.
Hell is not something to take lightly. We should be prepared to go there, and we should be ready to tell others about it. Hell is real. It’s a place where people will be tormented for all eternity in unimaginable pain and suffering. But God is merciful, and He has provided a way out of hell for anyone who wants one—the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Jesus taught us that when we die, our spirits go immediately into heaven or hell (Luke 16:19-31). He also told us what happens in hell: “I saw the dead, small and great…[they] stood before God; and the books were opened…and [God] had another book which was laid open,…[and] they were judged according to their deeds” (Revelation 20:12). In other words, your sins will be recorded by God before you arrive at this judgment seat where you will give an account of your life on earth before Him (Romans 14:12).
As you can see, Jesus has a lot to say about hell. He speaks of it as a real place and one that is much worse than anything we can imagine. He also tells us that no one wants to go there and gives us some warnings about how we should live our lives so as not to be condemned when the time comes for judgment on the earth. If you have any questions about what Jesus said about hell or if this topic interests you in any way then please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!