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"Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 25:30
Our earthly fire, when it burns it shines, it casts a light.
It has light as well as heat in it. But the fire of hell burns
but it does not shine, it gives no light at all. It retains
the property of burningbut it has lost the property of
shining. Christ calls it "outer darkness," or utter darkness
that is, darkness beyond a darkness.
Light is a blessing that shall never shine into that infernal
prison. In Jude verse 6, you read of "chains of darkness."
It would be a little ease, a little comfort, to the damned
in hellif they might have but light and liberty to walk up
and down the infernal coasts; but this is too high a favor
for them to enjoy; and therefore they shall be shackled
and fettered down in chains of darkness, and in
blackness of darknessso that they may fully undergo
the scorchings and burnings of divine wrath and fury
forever and ever.
In Jude verse 13 you thus read, "To whom is reserved
the blackness of darkness forever." The words signify
exceeding great darkness. Hell is a very dark and dismal
region, and extreme are the miseries, horrors, and
torments which are there. Sinners, when they are in
hell, when they are in chains of darkness, when they
are in blackness of darknessthey shall never more
see light! Hell is a house without light!
Though our earthly fires have light as well as heatyet
the infernal fire has only heat to burn sinners; it has no
light to refresh sinners; and this will be no small addition
to their torment.
"He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and
brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves!"