“They will suffer punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might.”-2 Thessalonians 1:9
God is just, therefore He will punish those who reject Him, His Son, and His message. Paul said in Romans 1 that even those whose only witness of God’s existence is in creation “did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened.” So a failure to experience, enjoy, and magnify the glory of God on earth will end with not only eternal destruction but with an even worse fate: separation from His glory forever.
You see, there is a real hell, an eternal lake of fire, that awaits all those who reject God’s witness to them. But the greatest punishment is not physical, emotional, or intellectual. It is spiritual. The worst punishment will be that not only did they pass up every chance to glorify Him as God, but after the judgment, they will never again have the chance. There is a finality about death and about the second coming of Jesus. That finality is tragically wrapped around an eternal inability to share in the glory of God.
Do you know the one way to avoid eternal separation from the presence of the Lord? It is to begin a personal relationship with Him and enjoy His presence in life today through His Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and rose again from the grave to reconcile us to God. Anyone who comes to Jesus in this life, in genuine repentance and faith, will be saved and will enjoy God’s presence and glory now, tomorrow, and forever!