Monday, July 13, 2020

Living by Faith 2: Faith And Wrath Romans 1:18-3:20


Living by Faith 2: Faith And Wrath - Romans 1:18-3:20

   
Introduction:  Hard to think of anything funny about today’s subject.  You may think I’m going to talk to you about Hell but what I’m going to talk about I even bigger and in many ways worse than hell itself.  This morning our subject is the wrath of God.

Romans 1:17-18 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

There are two revelation given here, the revelation of God’s righteousness and of His wrath.
In Romans 1:17, Paul gives us the theme of the book of Romans, the righteousness of God. He says God’s righteousness is revealed in the Gospel and from faith to faith, in salvation, sanctification and the living faith of a child of God.

Now in verse 18 Paul states that God’s wrath is revealed against all ungodliness and He shows that the two attributes of God righteousness and wrath are connected. He says in vs. 18 “for the wrath of God is revealed” immediately after the just shall live by faith. God’s righteousness is revealed in the Gospel, God’s plan for saving mankind and God’s wrath is revealed when that Gospel is rejected. God cannot be righteous if he saves those who believe but then does nothing when it comes to those who refuse to believe.

The word wrath in the Greek is ὀργή, orgē. In the in KJV it is translated wrath 31, anger 3, vengeance 1, indignation 1. It has the meaning of  violent passion, (ire, or justifiable, abhorrence; by implication then it means punishment,  anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

In the next few verses and chapters Paul shows why God’s wrath is justified against the “ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold down the truth in their unrighteousness,” even those who have never heard the Gospel. If you have ever had someone ask you how God can send people to hell who never heard about Jesus the answer begins in verses 19 with …

God’s Wrath And the Gentiles - Romans 1:19-32

 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Inescapable Guilt 1:19-32

Now Paul gives us two reasons why God’s wrath is revealed or manifested upon the ungodly and unrighteous. In vs. 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Romans 1:19 and then in vs. 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, Romans 1:21

Paul declares that God has not left even the Gentiles, the pagans who did not have the direct revelation of God, ignorant of Himself or of sin’s penalty.

Paul reasons like a logician and a philosopher and says that the gentile is still answerable to God because God has revealed Himself to them through creation.

B.H. Carrol said, “The knowledge of God, and their relation to him, is manifest both in them and to them. There are two books of this revelation—the book of nature in them and the book of nature outside of them. …This internal light is not a faint spark, but a great light. With every man in the world there is an internal sense of right and wrong. Men may differ among themselves as to what particular thing is right or wrong, but all have the sense of right and wrong. …But there can be no right and wrong without some law to prescribe the right and proscribe the wrong. And there can be no law without a lawmaker. And there can be no law without penal sanctions, otherwise it would be no more than advice. And there can be no penalty without a judgment to declare it and a power to execute it. But every man knows that even and exact justice is not meted out in this world—that many times the innocent suffer and the guilty triumph. Therefore the conclusion comes like a conqueror, that there must be a judgment to come and a wrath to come. - An Interpretation of the English Bible

Paul goes on in verse 21 with the second reason God’s wrath is revealed in the Gentiles, because at one time they knew God and they rejected him.

Romans 1:21-23 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Even when they knew God they would not worship nor thank Him. When did the Gentiles know God? They knew God when they fled the Garden of Eden all mankind knew God. They knew God after the flood, all mankind, 8 people, knew God. Throughout history God has reached out to the Egyptians in Joseph, the Assyrians in Jonah, the Babylons through Daniel, the Persians through Ester, Mordecia and Nehemiah. Time after time God has fully shown Himself to the great pagan kingdoms of the world and instead of repenting, they refuse to acknowledge God and they became vain, empty, in their imagination, their hearts were darkened, proclaiming they were wise they became fools.  (Sure sounds like the people of today, doesn’t it?)

Then worse than ignoring God, they tried to control God by making Him who is a spirit and invisible into their image and then degrading that images to something even lower than themselves, an animal that they could tower over. Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

What then did God do, and this is where God’s wrath is revealed against the pagan Gentiles Romans 1:24-27. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

God’s punishment was not fire from heaven, it was God given them up to the consequence of their own sins. Paul says he gave them up to uncleanness. They dishonored their bodies between themselves, sexual sin. Sex outside of marriage, Pauls say even more, Gode gave them up to vile affections. Women with women (lesbianism) Men with men (homosexuality) burning with lust and doing what is unseemly, the words means shameful, but these people no longer have shame. They have moved beyond shame and now revel, rejoice in their unnatural sin before God.

Romans 1:28-32 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
They did not want to keep God in their knowledge therefore God gave them over to a reprobate (base, worthless, condemned) mind. To do things not convenient (not proper, not decent, not fitting.)
Such a mind ultimately destroys itself and all those around it.  They practice fornication, wickedness, covetousness, malicousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whispers, (gossip) backbiters (slander), haters of God, despiteful (insolent), proud, boasters, inventors of (new) evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding (conscience or sympathy), covenantbeakers (unable to keep their word), without natural affection (no natural love), implacable (unmoving), unmerciful.
And yet these reprobates know they are going to be judged and yet encourage others to do the same. Like drowning rats going down a whirlpool they grab every other rat they can and pull them down as well.

Do you wonder what has happened to our society today? Why we are seeing gay pride parades, women boasting of their abortions, men proclaiming they are women and women proclaiming they are men. Do you question why we are seeing riots in our streets, policemen being made into criminals, Christians being called haters and schools teaching that it is okay to be homosexual but not okay to be a Christians? Paul just gave you the answer in Romans 1:24 God gave them up!

We are a people who do not want to acknowledge God as our Creator and as a result we see the same evidence of degradation that Paul saw. We are increasingly being given over to vile affections and reprobate minds.

We often think that if we as a nation don’t change our ways God will punish us, I’ve got news for you, we are already being punished and God didn’t send in an invading army, or fire from heaven, He just let us go as a nation. He just released us, removed his protection and the consequences of our rejecting God is destroying us.

Transition: Then in chapter 2 Paul turns to those who, unlike the Gentiles, did have a direct revelation of God through the prophets and scriptures. Paul now sets the Jewish people firmly in the sights of God’s wrath.

God’s Wrath and the Jew - Romans 2:1-16

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:  For there is no respect of persons with God.  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.


Inexcusable Hypocrisy

The Jewish people, who have God’s law and now judge the sin of the Gentile world, Paul says you are inexcusable because you are actually judging himself.

Paul says they are doing the same kind of things that they condemn through the law, in the Gentiles.
Romans 2:3-5 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

In the the riches of God's goodness, the Jew, those who have the revelation of God, thinks that God's forbearance is ignorance of his own sin and therefore he does not bother to repent. In reality, Paul says, he is storing up wrath, only increasing his punishment and that God render to every man according to his deeds.

The Paul says this the basis of God’s righteous judgment, His wrath upon both Jew and Gentile.
Romans 2:12-16 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
The final verdict after all men are judged as guilty, won’t be what any man thinks might excuse himself or accuse another but in the end the sole means of condemnation is what they did with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Transition: Paul continues to bring the truth of God’s wrath revealed upon the Jews, who have the law and circumcise their sons, but are not Jews in the heart or in the spirit but only in the letter of the law. We are going to pick up the argument in verse 9 of chapter 3. After Paul has proven that Gentile and Jew Guilty before God and upon whom God’s wrath will be revealed. Verse nine is his summation.

God’s Wrath And The World - Romans 3:9-20

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;  10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Undeniable Conclusion, All Under God’s Wrath

The final conclusion is that all are sinners there are none righteous in God’s judgment, no not one. All the people of the earth will have the wrath of God revealed in their own life when they are judged. No one can be justified by being moral or by keeping the law. Paul says, the purpose of the law not to save but to bring knowledge of sin.

Where does that leave Us?
It leaves us guilty before God, guilty of sin and like criminals in the courtroom waiting to hear our sentence.  No matter what our heritage, background or birth was, No matter how much we can judge sin in others. No matter how hard we try to deceive ourselves and say there is no God. In the end, we will all be judged not according to our beliefs or thoughts or philosophies but according to what we did when we were confronted with the truth of God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Transition: Now we come to our final point this morning…. And once again we see not the wrath of God revealed against the guilty but the righteousness of God revealed to save the guilty.

God’s Wrath and God’s Son - Romans 3:21-28

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Infinite Forgiveness

Paul says, now this is how the law and grace work together. The scriptures show us the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ. By faith in Jesus Christ, we can move the failure of all men to save themselves to the victory of Christ saving all men who put their faith and trust in Him.
Now the righteousness of God revealed without the law through faith of Jesus Christ to all and upon all that believe. He looks back at his argument, like a lawyer giving his summation argument before the jury. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”  The truth that we must accept is that we must be “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

 Why is God willing to give grace to the guilty? Because of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross for us.

In vs. 26, God's declares his righteousness by justifying all those who believe in Christ. 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

In vs. 28 the conclusion to the first 3 chapters is given.  It simply says that man is justified by faith without the works of the law.

This is A.T. Robertson’s commentary on Romans 3:28 “Nowhere has Paul put the problem of God more acutely or profoundly. To pronounce the unrighteous righteous is unjust by itself. God's mercy would not allow him to leave man to his fate. God's justice demanded some punishment for sin. The only possible way to save some was the propitiatory offering of Christ and the call for faith on man's part” - Robertson’s NT Word Pictures.

Are you Justified?

All the Bible tells us that we are condemned, guilty before a holy and righteous God and awaiting the revelation of God wrath against our guilt and sin. And yet we can experience another revelation of God’s righteousness not in His wrath but in His grace. We can see Jesus shed blood on the cross, covering our sin. He is the truth of the symbol of the mercy seat in the tabernacle when the High priest would bring the blood of the slain lamb into the holiest of holies and pour it upon the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. God would look through the ages of time and seen not the blood of a slain animal, but the blood of his own son and he would also see those who would believe in that propitiation, that redemption, that grace.

He saw you on the day you accepted Christ as your savior. He may have even seen you today as you see yourself guilty before God, knowing you deserve His righteous wrath but calling out for the blood of Jesus to cover your sin and accepting the righteous grace of God.  

Conclusion:  Jesus Own Words

Let’s conclude not with the word of Paul as wonderful as they are but with the gracious words of Jesus Himself.

In John 6:40 Jesus gave this all inclusive statement, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Seeing the Son, seeing Jesus for us today, means seeing him being offered on the cross as our sacrifice for sin by God the Fathers, “therein is the righteousness of God revealed. From faith…

In Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them.” He wasn’t just talking about the Jews who accused him or Pilate who sentenced him, He was looking across the centuries to everyone of us and His prayer was for you and I. “Father Forgive Them” then He paid the price for that forgiveness with his own life.

As we prepare to leave this sanctuary this morning, make sure you know that you have found that forgiveness by putting your faith in Him.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Five Reasons Hell Must Be Real


Five Reasons Hell Must Be Real

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My purpose in doing this study, is not to prove hell, heaven or anything supernatural to an unbeliever but to establish in the minds of Christians that the Bible teaches that Hell is a real place and that there must be a place like hell for those who reject God and His salvation through Jesus Christ.

Background on the word, Hell. The Old English hel belongs to a family of Germanic words meaning “to cover” or “to conceal.” Hel is also the name, in Old Norse, of the Scandinavian queen of the underworld. Many English translations of the Bible use hell as an English equivalent of the Hebrew terms Sheʾōl (or Sheol) and Gehinnom, or Gehenna (Hebrew: gê-hinnōm).

Reason 1. Hell was a universal human belief

In Mesopotamian, hell is described as a distant land of no return, a house of dust where the dead dwell without distinction of rank or merit, and a sealed fortress, typically of seven gates, barred against invasion or escape. The god-king Gilgamesh travels to the end of the world, crosses the sea of death, and undergoes terrible trials and then realizes that that mortality is inescapable. In the Gilgamesh epic, Hell is a house of darkness where the dead “drink dirt and eat stone.”
In Egypt after death the dead were judged by Osiris, those who failed the test based upon their goodness and preparation for the afterlife, were devoured by a crocodile headed monster and then tormented by demons or much worse.

In Greek and Roman belief, hell is called hades, the word most often used for Hell in the KJV. Hades is named after the God, Hades, who ruled there. People in his realm could be both bad or good and hades or hell was in general an abode of the dead. Those that were evil or had offended the gods, however were sent to the field of Tartarus where they were tormented

In Persian and Zoroastrian beliefs, hell is overseen by Yima, the first person to die and is the place where all that is evil, dark and opposing life dwells. Demons there torture sinners until one day, like purgatory they have paid a price and the torment stops.

In Muslim tradition hell is a combination of the beliefs of hell that have preceded it. It contains elements of Egyptian, Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian versions of hell. Life deeds are recorded, the soul is weighed, there is a bridge, which widens for the righteous but narrows to a knife-edge for sinners, who lose their footing and plunge into the flames below. In Islam God predestines all things and yet somehow holds individuals accountable for their choices.

In Hinduism, which believes in reincarnation and the soul’s continual rebirth, those who commit terrible sins are reborn into hell and spend time there until they can be reborn on a lower plane of existence as a bug or a rat.

In Buddhism there are multiple hot hells beneath the earth, or in millions of universes in which humans suffer but there are buddhas (teachers) there to show them the error of their ways. In Buddhism all hells as well as all life, is actually and illusion, so there is that. Still the suffering of those in hell and those reborn as hungry ghosts is excruciating,

The point is before you dismiss the idea of hell completely you have to find a way to explain why such a belief is nearly universal in all societies and civilizations throughout history. Why would they believe in hell unless there was a common source for that belief? The best explanation for that source would be God who revealed it to man before the flood and the dispersion of mankind at Babel.

Reason 2. Old Testament Declares There is A Hell

In the Old Testament, the word Sheol is the word translated Hell. In general, it refers to “the abode of the dead”

both the righteous.
Gen 37:35; Isa 38:10; Ps 30:3, 9

and the unrighteous.
Num 16:30, 33

It is the realm of the dead
Isa 14:9-10; Job 26:5-6

Sheol can also simply refer to the grave.
Isa 14:11; Job 17:13-16; Ps 30:3  88:3-5; Prov 7:27

or death
Hos 13:14; Hab 2:5; Isa 28:15, 18; 38:18; Song 8:6; Ps 49:14; 89:48; 116:3; Prov 5:5; 1 Kings 2:6, 9).

As well as the place reserved for the wicked
Ps 9:17; 31:17; 49:13-14

Its location is downward, the opposite of heaven
Ps 55:15; 86:13; Prov 9:18; 15:24; Isa 14:15; Jon 2:2

It is portrayed as a place of "darkness"
Job 17:13 and "dust" Job 17:16,

The place where the worm feasts
Job 17:14; 24:19-20; Isa 14:11.

Once one enters there will be no return
Isa 38:10, Job 7:9-10; Isa 38:10, 18.

Except for the righteous
Hos 13:14; Ps 16:10; 49:15; Job 14:13; 1 Sam 2:6

As we can see the concept of Hell (Sheol) as a real place and as a place of punishment for the wicked is fully and clearly taught in the Old Testament. If you deny Hell as God’s punishment for the wicked, then you must deny verse after verse after verse In the Old Testament that teaches just that.

Reason 3. New Testament Declares There Is A Hell

The word hades occurs four times in the Gospel while the word Gehenna occurs eleven times both words are translated as hell. The Gospels also use words like darkness and fire to describe eternal punishment.

Hades is found in Matthew 16:18; 11:23 Lk 10:15; Lk 16:23),

Gehenna in Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Mt 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Lk 12:5).

Gehenna literally, the "Valley of (the son of) Hinnom." In the Old Testament it was a place of horrific sin committed by Kings Ahaz and Manasseh and their people, who burned sacrifices to Moloch there, 
These sacrifices included their own sons, burning them in the outstretched hands of the idol as it was heated searing red. 2 Chron 28:3; 33:6; 2 Kings 16:3

Because of this terrible desecration, the valley of Hinnom was turned into a dumping grounds for the city of Jerusalem. All the refuse of the city, including dead animals and dead criminals were thrown there. A fire was kept continually burning in order to consume the refuse and dead.
Outside the Gospel the rest of the New Testament consistently shows hell as a place of eternal torment, punishment and regret.

It is a place of fire and darkness for sinners and the unrepentant

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
of destruction

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 
and of everlasting, unremitting torment

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Not only does the New Testament warn us of hell but its most vocal teacher is Jesus Christ.

Reason 4. Jesus warns about Hell

One of the most obvious difficulties in denying hell as a place of eternal punishment comes from the fact that Jesus was the New Testament’s most passionate advocate in warning about the torment of hell. If you would deny hell then it would seem you must deny Jesus as well.

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic on a level with a man who says he's a poached egg or else he'd be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. - C. S. Lewis

In a similar vein you don’t have the option of denying what Jesus said about hell anymore than you have the option of saying He was a great teacher but not the son of God. Jesus said He was God and He also said Hell was real. If you deny His words about Hell then how can you believe His words about His deity, or salvation or forgiveness or anything else.

Jesus clearly taught that hell was a place of punishment and suffering

First prepared for the devil and his angels

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Now also a place for those who reject God and Jesus His Son

Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:  Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Matthew 8:10-12 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Sinners, Jesus warned, would be judged and sent there

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Matthew 23:33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Matthew 13:41-42 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

He proclaimed hell was a place of punishment for sins
like hateful language and intent Mt 5:22,
unfaithfulness Mt 24:45-51 par. Lk 12:41-46,
unrepentance Mt 5:29-30; 18:8-9 par. Mk 9:43-47;
and disobedience Mt 5:22; 7:19; 13:40, 42, 50; 25:30; Jn 15:6

Jesus said hell’s location was in the depths, the opposite of the heights of heaven, just as it was stated in the Old Testament 

Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

Jesus taught that hell would be an eternal, conscious punishment.

This is clearly taught in Matthew 25:46, where the righteous and the unrighteous are both appointed to eternal destinies. The righteous to "eternal life" but the unrighteous to "eternal punishment".
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Jesus taught that in hell torment would be eternal and unending. He said the worm feeding on the dead, would not die

Mark 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. the "fire that is not put out"
He taught that "weeping and gnashing of teeth" was always ongoing

Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

If you reject everything Jesus said about hell, and he said more about hell than any other preacher in the New Testament, then how can you believe what Jesus said about anything else?

Reason 5. Hell Is Real Because Man’s Choice Makes It Necessary

If man was created in the image of God, with the ability to choose right and wrong, then man must also be allowed in that free will to experience the reward of good choices and the punishment or bad choices. The choice to reject God, when God gave to man, must then have a consequence and the only place such a consequence can be real is in hell. 

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does. - C. S. Lewis

If the believer will live eternally in the presence of God and in his favor, the unbeliever will exist eternally away from the beneficial presence of God. – Henry Thiessan In Lectures on Systematic Theology

The strongest objection (to hell as an eternal punishment) is thought to be the idea that a God of love could not punish his creatures eternally. But this is to forget that at death character is fixed, and that the law of congruity (same with same) requires that the (eternal) living be separated from the (eternal) dead. It is not a question of God’s love, but of the soul’s life. – Henry Thiessan

Scripture sees hell as self-chosen; those in hell will realize that they sentenced themselves to it by loving darkness rather than light, choosing not to have their Creator as their Lord, preferring self-indulgent sin to self-denying righteousness, and (if they encountered the gospel) rejecting Jesus rather than coming to him (John 3:18-21; Rom. 1:18, 24, 26, 28, 32; 2:8; 2 Thess. 2:9-11). General revelation confronts all mankind with this issue, and from this standpoint hell appears as God's gesture of respect for human choice. All receive what they actually chose, either to be with God forever, worshiping him, or without God forever, worshiping themselves. Those who are in hell will know not only that for their doings they deserve it, but also that in their hearts they chose it. – J. I. Packer, Concise Theology

Conclusion

No matter what you choose to believe, the reality of the Bible teaching that hell and the Lake of Fire as real, and as places of judgment and punishment can’t be denied. You can make up ways that it no longer applies, or philosophy that God’s love over rules his justice, but you can’t make the Bible say something it does not.

Hell is real, the Bible taught it, Jesus preached it and you and I better be saved to avoid it. It really is that basic.