Did Jesus really come to deliver us from the lake of fire, or as some wrongly call hell? Most American Christians surely believe that Yeshua came to save them from God's eternal wrath, but that simply wasn't taught by Christ or his apostles, after or before his death. To believe that this teaching is the true gospel message requires us to pretend, Yeshua willfully, withheld such enlightenment from all his apostles who were spreading the gospel in the first century. Every description of Jesus message and purpose, both in the old and the new testament, points to a salvation consisting of repentance(turning away from sin) followed by regeneration(renewal of the spirit or receiving the holy spirit) with the goal of a people eager to do God's will. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James and Peter, all concur that Jesus's message was a call for repentance and Jesus purpose was to bless you by turning each of you from your iniquities; to purify for himself a people who are truly his and are eager to do good.
Acts 3:26 - "When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways." Titus2:14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
The ultimate goal is to remove ungodliness from God's people, not to somehow untie God's hands to allow mercy at the Final judgment. God is not trying to subsidize sin, his goal is to end it. So anyone who claims that Jesus purpose is our individual deliverance from hell has to explain why hundreds of prophetic pages describing what the Messiah would do say nothing about it. Instead you see over and over a call for Israel to return to God.
Matthew 23:37 – "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
So many Christians feel privileged because they know Jesus. They think that the mere knowledge of Christ and the fact that they believe he died on the cross for them, guarantees them a spot in heaven. The word believe from both the Hebrew and Greek perspectives; is tied to an action based on that belief. In other words your fruit(works) prove and verify that you believe. Faith + good works = Christian. It's obvious James, Peter and Jesus encountered these personality types during their day which is why they wrote
James 2:19-20 – You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless? John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him(send him the holy spirit). 2 Peter 3:16 – speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
From the above scriptures it's easy to see that even in those days, teachers were twisting Paul's scriptures as they do today. One of the most popular twisted teachings is the once saved always saved doctrine. The second most popular is that the 10 commandments were nailed to the cross; however Yeshua stated that
Matthew 5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
To get back on the topic of hell; Jesus didn't die for your sins to save you from the lake of fire so you can live with him in heaven, as is commonly taught today. Scripture after scripture proves he died to save you from the effects of your sins so you can experience the kingdom of heaven now. As for as judgment day the scriptures are clear; Christians have no special privileges on judgment day. Every single religion on the face of the earth are judged equally.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
Ironically and contrary to popular belief, everyone on the last day are judged according to their works. In closing this section, the overall theme of Paul's gospel focuses on the unification in Christ through the spirit. Paul's gospel is not one of over coming God's eternal wrath on an individual so we can go to heaven; Rather Paul's gospel describes how God, through grace, has opened a door of faith for the gentiles, allowing them to join the Jews in obedieince to the living God. This final plan of God fulfills the promise to Abraham that through him, truly all the nations will be blessed.
Galatians 3:8 – And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith(receiving the word and obeying it), preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham,'saying, In thee shall all the nations be blessed.
Even though in the past, the Gentile nations had done nothing for God, and Israel utterly failed to keep its covenant with him; still in all the father sent Yeshua to unite all people through the spirit. In conclusion Yeshua didn't die to deliver the people of God from hell; rather he died to cleanse their temples(bodies) from the stain of sin so the holy spirit could dwell within them; effectively making them arks of the new covenant.