compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of The Living God.” [Heb 10:31]

“I’ve seen a GREAT EVIL and DANGEROUS thing today in our world; and that is, people don’t fear God anymore. The life of every lost sinner is dangling by a thread, as it were, over the pit of hell, which is about to snap at any instant, and plunge the sinner into the eternal flames of hell below. Yet, even with the wrath of God above them, and the flames of hell beneath them, licking at their feet, they still have no fear of God! The big theme among teenagers in the past few years has been; NO FEAR! So men today that HAVE NO FEAR OF GOD, pronounce their own sentence of judgment upon their own souls! Why do many professed Christians today walk, and talk, and live like the devil and like the world, which is in direct violation of God’s revealed will? Because they don’t fear God! One of the greatest indictments that God has made against lost mankind is; “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THERE EYES.” (Romans 3:18). If you don’t fear God my beloved friend, you need to wake up; for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Everyone will fall, as it were, into the hands of the living God. God holds the life of every person in His mighty hands. And it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment! (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone will fall into His great hands in death. The question is, how will you find Him when you fall?

Will you find Him in peace as your Savior, or will you find Him angry and your enemy when you wake up in the torments of eternal hell. We all will at last fall into God’s hands. How will it be for you? The Bible says that God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 7:11), and that the wrath of God abides on everyone that believeth not in Jesus (John 3:36). How will you find God when you fall into His hands? WILL YOU BE A SINNER IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD?” – Christopher W. Burke


“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (verse 31). Here is the un-escapable conclusion which must be drawn from all that has been before us. This word “fearful” ought to make every trifler with sin tremble as did Belshazzar when he saw the Hand writing upon the wall.

To “fall into the hands of” is a metaphor, DENOTING THE UTTER HELPLESSNESS OF THE VICTIM WHEN CAPTURED BY HIS ENEMY. The One into whose hands the apostate falls is “the living God.” “A mortal man, however incensed he may be, cannot carry his vengeance beyond death; but God’s power is not bounded by so narrow limits” (John Calvin). No, forever and ever will God’s wrath burn against the objects of His judgment. Nor will the supplications of sinners prevail upon Him: see Proverbs 1:28, Ezekiel 8:18.

By the penitent and obedient, God is loved and adored; but by the impenitent and defiant, He is to be dreaded. The wicked may now pride themselves that in the Day of Judgment they will placate God by their tears, but they will then find that not only His justice, but His outraged mercy also calls aloud for His vengeance upon them.

Men may now be beguiled by visions of a “larger hope,” but in that Day they shall discover it is only another of Satan’s lies. O how the “terror of the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:11) ought to stir up God’s servants to warn and persuade men before the day of grace is finally closed. And how it should make each one of us walk softly before God, sparing no pains to make our calling and election “sure.”

It is only as we “add” to our faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly-kindness, and love, that we have scriptural assurance that we shall “never fall” (2 Pet. 1:5-10).

For the best sermon preached on this subject please read the classic sermon by Jonathan Edwards –



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