“My brothers are out there! Go testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment!” The rich man in hell was in full evangelism mode, wasn’t he? He knew first hand of the torments awaiting the lost, and his five brothers were lost. He was so passionate about them hearing of the way of escape that he wanted Lazarus to go back from the dead to warn them.
The answer of hope hadn’t meant anything to him while he was alive. He was unconcerned about his eternal life and that of his five brothers. Death made a stark change in his perspective. Suddenly he saw things as they were. And they were unspeakably and inescapably horrible.
The answer to his desperate cry for someone to go to his unsaved brothers was that the Word of God was proclaimed each Lord’s Day in the churches. And the Word of God is available for any who want to read it. Let those who need salvation, find it in the house of God. Sound a bit harsh?
Maybe, but it’s the truth. The plan of salvation is out there. But how shall they hear without a preacher? Or if we don’t carry the answer to them of the hope within us? Are we passionate, as passionate as a man in hell, about testifying to the lost that they may escape that place of torment?
Paul said that love constrains us to take the gospel message to the lost. So does love push us out to witness to the lost? Is that the passion behind our answer? Love doesn’t want anyone to be lost. Love is what brought the plan of salvation to mankind from before the foundation of the world. Love drove the man in hell to beg that his five brothers be warned about the eternal sufferings in order to avoid the place he found himself.
Hope. The hope that is within us.
Hope of eternal bliss. Hope that we have obtained through believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the lost desperately need to hear. Hope that everyone in hell wants their living loved ones to be told. Hope that we must hold out to everyone who crosses our path. Because love is the passion behind our answer of hope.Tags: go testify, gospel, hope, love, truth