There’s Room For You: Matthew 14:13-14

There’s Room For You: Matthew 14:13-14
“13) Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14) When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.” Matthew‬ ‭14‬:‭13‬-‭14‬
This text shows the affinity Jesus had for John the Baptist. It highlights the human side of Jesus. Jesus sought a place of solitude by Himself most likely to mourn the death of His friend.
It sounds like He got into a boat alone and pushed off into the water. The text is not clear if He had a destination in mind or if the time in the boat was His solitude.
It didn’t matter. When the crowd saw Him, they began to follow Him along the shore. When the boat landed, a great multitude was waiting for Him. It was nearly impossible for Him to escape notice.
At this moment the true character of Jesus began to shine. He was never self focused nor was He annoyed by the needy people. The text says; “He felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.”
Let’s pause for a moment and learn an important lesson from these two verses. Let me say this loud and clear: “You are never an annoyance or inconvenience to Jesus.” He loves you. He wants to meet you at the point of your need.
There’s an old hymn that captures this lesson. It’s called; “Room at the Cross.” The chorus says:
There’s room at the cross for you There’s room at the cross for you Though millions have come There’s still room for one Yes there’s room at the cross for you.
It took me years to understand that Hymn. I use to avoid taking my needs to Jesus in prayer because I didn’t feel that I mattered. Satan had convinced me that Jesus didn’t care and that my needs were not important. “Who was I to bother God?” Do you ever feel that way?
This text screams that Jesus always has compassion and time for those who are seeking Him. “Though millions have come, there’s still room for one, there’s room at the cross for you.” He invites us to come to Him.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Tragic Demise of John the Baptist: Matthew 14:1-12

The Tragic Demise of John the Baptist: Matthew 14:1-12
“1) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus, 2) and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3) For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4) For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5) Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.” Matthew‬ ‭14‬:‭1‬-‭5‬
We now come to the story of the death of John the Baptist. He was arrested because of His courage and unbending stand for truth. He had repeatedly confronted Herod about his sin of cohabiting with the wife of his brother Philip. Her name was Herodias.
The story suggests that she was the one behind his arrest, imprisonment and shackles. Rather than repent and amend her ways, she persecuted the messenger who stood on God’s truth. Her conscience was seared. She embraced sin and hated righteousness.
Mark 6:19-20 adds a unique commentary about the tension between Herod and Herodias over John the Baptist, and why Herod was protecting John. Let’s briefly look at these verses.
“19) Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; 20) for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.” It appears that John was making headway with Herod.
Sadly, Herod was eventually trapped by his own presumption, pride and foolishness. He threw a birthday party for himself with many prestigious guests in attendance. At one point, most likely after much wine and indulgence, the daughter of Herodias entertained the crowd with dancing. Herod was so pleased with her, he made a public oath to give her whatever she asked. Mark 6:23 says he was willing to give her up to half of his kingdom.
Then it happened. After a brief consultation with her vindictive mother, his step daughter came back and asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Though Herod was grieved, he refused to be humiliated before his dinner guests. He gave the command and John was promptly executed.
Let me make a stunning observation; John the Baptist died because of his defense of the sanctity of marriage. He preached against sin and immorality. Herodias loved pleasure more than God. She rejected biblical morality. She also had no regard for the sanctity of life. Her pleasure was more important than John’s life.
The same battles are deeply dividing western society and the church today. Sadly, many Christians would side with Herodias today and condemn John the Baptist for being critical and judgmental. Moral boundaries are blurred and those who stand for truth are charged with hate crimes.
I admire the backbone and courage of John the Baptist. His life and death were not wasted. He was indeed a righteous and holy man and served as a forerunner for Jesus in the spirit and power of Elijah. He fulfilled Gods calling and purpose for his life. Eternity will celebrate him as a hero of faith.
There is much to learn from the life, ministry and tragic demise of John the Baptist. By all standards he was young. He was only six months older than Jesus. Never despise the potential influence and impact of young godly men. Both John and Jesus died around 33 years of age. This point deeply grips me!
His disciples took away his body and gave him a dignified burial. Then they went and reported to Jesus. Little did they know, the storm clouds were quickly gathering for another tragic death that would change the course of human history.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Exposing Unbelief: Matthew 13:53-58

Exposing Unbelief: Matthew 13:53-58
“53) When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54)° He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55) Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56) And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57) And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58) And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭53‬-‭58‬
Home sweet home! Well, not always. Jesus now returns to His home town of Nazareth for a brief visit. As was His custom, He went into the synagogue and began to teach. This may have been His home synagogue where He grew up.
Rather than celebrating His home coming, the people took offense at Him. They questioned both His teachings and His miraculous powers. He had grown and stepped into His office of Messiah. They wanted to force Him back into His former role as the carpenter’s son.
The reference to His mother Mary and His step brothers of James, Joseph, Simon and Judas and His sisters is very telling. His step father, Joseph, had kept Mary a virgin until after Jesus was born. (See Matthew 1:24-25) Then they started their own family.
This text in Matthew 13:53-58 is both ignored and scorned by the Catholic Church. They maintain that His mother is still “the blessed Virgin Mary.” But the biblical text says otherwise.
The teaching of His extended family appears throughout the four gospels and the New Testament. Compare these verses with Matthew 12:46-50, John 7:3-10 and Jude 1:1. Church history teaches that the author or the book of James and Jude were indeed half brothers of Jesus who became leaders in the early church.
So why the backlash in Nazareth? It appears that they wanted to force Him back into His previous role as family provider in the absence of His step father Joseph. As the eldest son, the duty fell on Him to support His family until His siblings were raised and then to care for His widowed mother throughout her senior years. He inherited the family business and was expected to run the carpenters shop.
This text hints heavily that the people of Nazareth were pressuring Him to drop His ridiculous itinerant travels and become a responsible elder son. They wanted Him to reopen the carpenters shop and resume His traditional family duty. Their image of Him was “The Carpenters Son” and not “The Lamb of God” or “The Messiah.” They were trying to force Him back into His former life.
Every new Christian faces this same pressure from former friends and family. Initially they reject the change Jesus produces in you. They want you back at the parties and former festivities.
Some pull anchor and give way to this pressure. They “backslide” into their former life. Those who hold fast to their new life “in Christ” often face scorn. Notice verse 57 says, “They took offense at Him.” The pressure is real and it can be overwhelming for some new believers.
How did Jesus respond? He simply noted that “A prophet is not without honor except in his home town, and his own household.” Friends and family are often the most difficult to reach. Be patent with them, but by all means forge ahead in your walk with God.
On an encouraging note, His mother Mary and His brothers all participated in the prayer meeting recorded in Acts 1:14 that ushered in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Jesus won them over! He built bridges and not walls with His family.
But the text in Matthew 13 does not end with His family. Verse 58 says; “He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” There is a mystery in the Gospels and the New Testament that is difficult to grasp. There seems to be a direct connection between miracles and sincere faith or unbelief.
Jesus often made sincere faith the condition of His miraculous works. See Mark 9:20-24. Jesus made it clear that “all things are possible to Him who believes.”
I confess, I am the byproduct of the agnostic Western Church. After nearly fifty years of walking with Jesus, my prayer is often like the father of the helpless son; “I do believe, help my unbelief.” (Vs 24)
Many people ask why we seldom see miracles in the western church today. I am persuaded that we are like the people of Nazareth. We suffer from a condition of unbelief. Western theology as a whole has been watered down with the philosophy of naturalism. We have been taught that “God does not do miracles today”… and we sincerely believe it!
Instead of praying in faith for healing, we pray for God to comfort the afflicted. The western church has far more faith in doctors than in the Great Physician. We pray as a last resort as we plan the funeral for our loved ones.
Honestly, we have a crisis of unbelief when it comes to the power of God. We strongly believe in the existence of God and the power of the gospel to save people, but we are agnostics when it comes to believing that God does miracles today. Verse 53 clearly explains the problem with Western Christianity; “53) And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”
This is precisely where the Holy Spirit is wrestling in my life in recent years. He is confronting me with my crisis of unbelief when it comes to the power of God in my everyday life. I am starting to confess and repent of my theologically conditioned unbelief. I am asking God for the grace to pray with unwavering faith!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Transforming Journey of a Scribe Disciple: Matthew 13:51-52

The Transforming Journey of a Scribe Disciple: Matthew 13:51-52
““51) Have you understood all these things?” They *said to Him, “Yes.” 52) And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭51‬-‭52‬ ‭
As Jesus concludes this series of parables, He asks His disciples if they understood His teachings? It was a good question. They had asked Him previous questions that led to an expanded explanation of the parable of the sower and the tares among the wheat. (See Matthew 13:36)
Like a good teacher, Jesus now gives them time to inquire about the other parables about the kingdom of heaven. They responded that they had it nailed.
I have discovered that knowledge is usually accompanied by a test in life. Though the parable of the hidden treasure and the costly pearl emphasized the surpassing value of the kingdom of heaven, each of the disciples were soon going to be tested. During His darkest hour of trial and crucifixion, most of them were going to flee or deny Him. One of them even betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver. At this point in life, they all failed the value test!
I maintain there is a huge difference between head knowledge and embracing truth with our heart. We do not really understand any biblical truth until it is integrated into our lives. There is a process of discovery, learning and application of new revelation into our lives. It takes time for a new concept to become a personal conviction.
This may have been the meaning behind Paul’s prayer for believers as recorded in Ephesians 1:15-23. Growth and maturity in the life of a believer is a continual process of truth encounter and inner transformation.
The scribes were apt examples of the learning and growth process that awaits every new Christian. They were masters of the Old Testament Law. It both helped and hindered them in their Christian life. Walking in the Spirit by faith, agape love and grace would be a giant leap forward from their former legalism, self righteousness and condescension. At the same time, every principle in the New Testament is anchored in the Old Testament. They had an amazing foundation to build on. So how does this relate to you and me?
Each of us brings past experiences, values, life philosophies, religious traditions and worldly wisdom into our Christian life. These things are “inscribed” deeply within us. Spiritual growth is a continual process of putting off the old, being renewed in the spirit of your mind and then putting on the new self based on truth. (See Ephesians 4:20-24)
I can picture the smile on Jesus as He finished His teaching and asked His disciples; “Have you understood all these things?” When they replied “Yes!”; He alone understood the long road before them. It would be a long journey for their head knowledge to be forged into heart wisdom. Every Christian is on that journey, but how wonderful it is when we yield to the process!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Dragnet: Matthew 13:47-50

The Dragnet: Matthew 13:47-50
““47) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48) and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49) So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50) and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭47‬-‭50‬ ‭
This parable now pictures the end of the age. Jesus was using a parable about fishing. When the nets are drawn in, the workers sit down and sort fish. The good fish were put in containers, the bad fish are thrown away.
What an appropriate illustration to conclude his teaching in parables at the seashore in a fishing village along the Sea of Galilee. This scene unfolded daily. The people could relate. When the nets are drawn in there is always a sorting.
Years ago, I spent time in the commercial fishing industry in Alaska. When the nets were pulled in it was time to sort fish. I have also watched this ritual in fishing villages in India, along the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, on the Amazon River in Peru, South America and even with the DNR in Iowa as they sample various lakes. When the nets are drawn in, it triggers a time of sorting.
The end of the age is coming when the nets will be drawn in and a different kind sorting will take place. This time it will involve people. Notice that angels will do the sorting. The wicked will be separated from the righteous and they will be sent to judgement.
The picture of judgement for the wicked is consistent throughout the New Testament. According to this text in Matthew 13:50; the wicked “will be cast into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Jesus returned to this theme in Matthew 25:41, but simply calls it “the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Revelation 19:20 and 20:10 refers to this as “the lake of fire.” According to the Bible, all who reject Jesus Christ and the gospel face eternity in hell.
Some place emphasis on Matthew13:49 that says the angels shall “take out the wicked from among the righteous.” They see the next age being the millennial kingdom where according to Revelation 20:1-6 Jesus will reign on earth for a thousand years. In their view, the righteous will be left to repopulated the earth during this one thousand year reign of Christ. At the beginning of this age, the wicked will be taken away from among the righteous.
Though I agree with the teaching of a millennial kingdom, I think they are reading to much into this parable. Good Bible interpretation pulls meaning from a text and does not force outside meaning into a text. I believe Jesus was simply emphasizing that two very different eternal destinies await the righteous and the unrighteous. This warning is stressed throughout the New Testament.
The New Testament consistently uses the warning of judgement to point people to the gospel. 2 Corinthians 5:10-21 is a good example. We will all one day appear before the judgement seat of Christ. Because of this truth, Paul spent his life preaching the gospel. He urged people to be reconciled to God through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Don’t take this warning lightly. Hebrews 9:27 warns that “… it is appointed to man to die once and after that comes judgement.” Every day people die around the world. Some are young and some are old, but for them the nets are drawn in and the sorting begins. Are you ready? I entreat you to turn to Jesus Christ and put your faith in the gospel. Believe in Him and His death, burial and resurrection.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Pearl of Great Price: Matthew 13:45-46

Pearl of Great Price: Matthew 13:45-46
““45) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46) and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭45‬-‭46‬
Nothing compares to the kingdom of heaven and the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls. Suddenly, he stumbles upon one of great value. What does he do?He goes and sells all that he has to purchase that one pearl.
I have been privileged to travel broadly and work with people from many countries, religions and philosophies. I have also studies comparative religion at Bible college and two secular universities. Let me share my spin on this short parable.
I confess bias, but in Jesus Christ I have found a pearl of incomparable value. Jesus is both my Savior and Lord and knowing Him is the only way to enter the kingdom of heaven. (See Acts 4:11-12). My relationship with Jesus Christ is by far my most precious value in this life.
If you are on a journey for truth, I encourage you to read and study the four gospels. Pay special attention to John 3:1-21. As the Holy Spirit reveals the simple gospel to you, you will discover this pearl of incomparable value. Nothing compares. I cannot take your journey for you, but I can place a map in your hand.
I constantly hear new stories of the spread of the gospel around the world. People are turning to Jesus Christ in unprecedented numbers from other religions and under repressive government regimes. In some places, people are coming to Jesus from dreams and visions. In other places, entire villages are turning to Him in response to the preaching of the gospel.
The mission force is quickly changing from the typical western missionary, to thousands of national church planters carrying the gospel to remote and unreached places. They are no longer carrying dysfunctional western Christianity. The stories remind me of the early church in the book of Acts.
It is such a joy filling a small role of equipping these amazing men and women who forsake all to carry the gospel into very difficult places. Why do they do it? In Jesus Christ they have found a pearl of surpassing value!
In 2023, we are gearing up to help train many of these men and women around the world. Doors are quickly opening in many places. Pray for wisdom, courage and provision as we purpose to walk through these doors.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Happy Birthday Jesus!
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.” Matthew‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬-‭25‬
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Story of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven: Matthew 13:31-33

The Story of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven: Matthew 13:31-33
“31) He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32) and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 33) He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭31‬-‭33‬ ‭
These two parables are similar. The mustard seed illustrates that the gospel planted in a human soul might seen small but it grows to become huge. The potential of salvation and a walk with God can transform a barren field into a flourishing eco system where life can thrive.
So also, three small pecks of leaven can cause a small amount dough to grow and expand so as to feed many. The gospel is not passive or dormant. It is dynamic and full of life, transformational power and hope.
When the world seems dark, painful, lost and hopeless, the kingdom of heaven stands in stark contrast the kingdom of darkness. It may seem like a small thing to cry out to Jesus Christ for salvation, but it will ignite something huge within you. The Holy Spirit will enter your innermost being and spark new life.
As salvation takes root and faith and love begin to grow, old things will pass away and new things will come. Soon the truth of Gods Word will begin to set you free from bondage and despair. An inner well will spring up in your spirit and quench the thirst of your formerly barren soul.
As you change, you will become contagious for the glory of God. Your life will soon produce seed that can spread to others. So is the explosive power of the kingdom of heaven. What starts with one can spread and encompass many.
This is why the evil god of this world works to hinder the gospel. (See Matthew 13:19 & 2 Corinthians 4:3-4) The potential of one seed that takes root can start a mighty awakening. Purpose to be that seed! Become dynamic seed and leaven for the kingdom of heaven! Invite God to work through you to change your world!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Hidden Treasure: Matthew 13:44

Hidden Treasure: Matthew 13:44
““44) The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭44
Jesus now presents a parable about the value of entering into a personal relationship with God. It is like a man who discovers a treasure hidden in a field. For joy over it, he suddenly goes and sells everything he has and buys that field. He has found a value that exceeds everything else in this life.
So it is for everyone who moves from man made religion into a born-again and Spirit filled relationship with God. Paul shared his testimony about this matter in Philippians 3:1-11. When he found a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, he found a surpassing value. Suddenly, all of his previous religious merits were like sewage compared to personally knowing Jesus Christ.
There are millions of people stuck in fruitless and dead religions. They go through the motions of rituals and ceremonies that feel good but they are empty.
Suddenly the Spirit of God awakens them to salvation and saving faith in Jesus Christ. They drink of the inner spring of the Holy Spirit for the first time. They have found a treasure that dims all worldly wealth and pursuits.
For joy… they sell everything in their previous life and redirect all of their time, energy and resources to that precious value. Friends and family might think they are crazy, but they have found something words cannot describe and wealth cannot displace.
My friend, I pray that you find this treasure. I pray that you become born-again and Spirit filled through personal faith in Jesus Christ. I pray your eyes are opened and rivers of true life begin flowing from your inner being. I pray that God opens your eyes to the treasure of the kingdom of heaven.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Wheat and the Tares: Matthew 13:18-23; 13:36-43

The Wheat and the Tares: Matthew 13:18-23; 13:36-43
“24) Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25) But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26) But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27) The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28) And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29) But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30) Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭24‬-‭30‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬
The parable of the tares among the wheat is the second parable that Jesus explained to His disciples. Matthew 13:36-43 is devoted to the explanation. As He left the multitudes and went into the house, His disciples came to Him and requested an explanation. Please stop and read the explanation at this time.
This parable more than any other provides a picture of a biblical world view. Let me highlight a few points from this parable of how the Bible pictures reality.
First, the physical realm and the spiritual realm both exist. They intersect in daily life. Naturalism that denies the existence of the spiritual realm is an inadequate view of reality. It is a perversion of biblical truth.
Second, the spiritual realm consists of a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, God and the devil. Both kingdoms have invisible agents that are active in the world. God has holy angels and the devil has evil spirits. Jesus strongly punctuated this truth in this parable.
Third, there are two kinds of people in the world. The text talks about the sons of the kingdom and the sons of the evil one. (Matthew 13:38) There are wicked and evil people in the world who are bent on spreading pain, misery and suffering. Leave room in your view of reality for human depravity. There are some very evil, violent and sadistic people in the world. They are demonically deceived and driven.
Yet, be careful not to write anyone off. Jesus came to save lost people. The gospel can save people held captive by the evil one and transform them. People can be born-again. The Holy Spirit can change people.
Forth, human history is rushing toward a climax. The end of this age is quickly approaching. It will feature a harvest that will separate the sons of the kingdom from the sons of the evil one. Revelation 14:14-20 also sheds light on this harvest. In both texts, the Son of Man sends out His angels to gather the wicked for judgement.
Fifth, the eternal destiny of sons of the kingdom and the sons of the evil one will be radically different. Both heaven and hell are real places. Read Matthew 13:42-43 very carefully. I encourage you to compare it to Revelation 19-22. This colors in the details. The lake of fire prepared for the devil and his followers is very different from the New Jerusalem God is preparing for the sons of His kingdom. Read and take heed!
Finally, the Bible consistently teaches that the way you respond to Jesus Christ and the gospel seals your eternal destiny. Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to provide the way to bring salvation to lost people. (John 3:16-21)
According to Colossians 1:13-14, when a person puts saving faith in Jesus Christ, they are transferred from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son. John 3:16 teaches that God gave His Son that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.
I urge you to turn from your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus taught; “You must be born-again to enter the kingdom of God.” (See John 3:3-8). The simple gospel message is the hope for lost humanity. Receiving Jesus Christ through faith in the gospel is the only way to salvation.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global