You Got to Go Through Hell Before You Get to Heaven

Last night I was teaching out of the Book of First Peter and a few times in that book Peter states that we as followers of Christ should expect to suffer.

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”. 1 Peter 12-13 NKJV

Or, in other words…

“You’ve got to go through hell before you get to heaven.” – Bible or Not?

Is this quote from the Bible? Is it even a Biblical principle? You tell me…


You Got to Go Through Hell Before You Get to Heaven — 10 Comments

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  2. “You’ve got to go through hell before you get to heaven” is a lyric from the 1977 song Jet Airliner by The Steve Miller Band. Here is the Youtube video. So, not Bible, it’s a quote from a song.

  3. Martin Luther said something to the effect that “A man cannot know he is going to heaven until he first knows he’s going to hell.”

  4. The quote is indeed from Jet Airliner. The discussed verses from I Peter (and others within the New Testament) are not implying that one must endure hell before to achieve salvation, rather they mean that the Gospel is coming into this world which is ruled by “the powers and prinicpalities of this age”” which are hostile to the Gospel message. Therefore, while not desired, suffering for the faith ought to, at least, be not suprising. Note: this applies to suffering for the faith, not just suffering in general, that would mean the New Testament advocates victimization generally. It does not.

    The Luther quote means that to see the Gospel in its fullness we are confronted by God’s Law–demonstrating our failures and underscoring our need for a savior in Jesus Christ.

  5. Thanks for the insight Pastor, I definitely agree with you. The Spirit of God is at emnity with spirit of this world, and if we are truly followers of Jesus then it is no wonder that we go through fiery trials. And yes, it is not a requirement of salvation, but rather an effect of living a saved life. I also think that these things are part of God’s plan to refine us, that we can be partakers of His suffering, to make us more like Christ.

    So the quote “you’ve to to go through hell before you get to heaven” is not Biblical, but once we receive that grace of God and begin walking in His will, it should be no wonder that we may go through some hell in our lives. Thanks again.

  6. The philosphy is derived from Dantes’s Divine Comedy. Dante first goes through the Inferno (Hell) before he passes through to the other side. After his journey through the Inferno he then proceeds through Purgatory and then to Heaven. Dante’s must view and recognize sin in order to reject it to proceed to Heaven.

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