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YOUR DYING HOUR
"I Have just been to the funeral of a very dear friend," said
I to a merry looking man, whilst waiting for the train. "And
it is no small comfort, when a friend departs, to know with
absolute certainty that that friend is gone to be with
Christ, which is far better."
"I should think," said he, "there are very few that die
who have that certainty; at least, not many would like to
chance it if it were put to them to-day; I mean if the
question was put, Are you so sure of heaven, that you do not mind dying to-day?" I replied, "I fear even amongst those who profess to be Christians, too few would stand that test. But it was very different with my departed friend. She had only been ill a few days, and on the day before her death, knowing there was no human possibility of recovering, she calmly said, "I would not exchange places with the Queen." Not the shadow of a doubt passed over her happy soul. She rested not in anything she had done, but in Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Precious Jesus! thy blood never fails in the hour of death. Nothing can be so certain as that which God hath said, "That whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16.)
"Well," said he, "it is a happy thing when a person has
such confidence; but I fear there are very few who have the
happiness to enjoy it. Man is so given to sin; he has such
strong inclinations to sin."
"Very true," I replied. "But you have not yet sinned
beyond the grace of God. God is the God of ALL grace, and that grace is seen on the cross surpassing all your sins. Who can tell the value of the blood of Jesus as God sees it? I have been a great sinner; I have not one particle of
worthiness. But I tell you, if we are all killed before we
reach home, I have no fear or question whatever about by
salvation. It was eternally settled by the death of Jesus."
"Ah!" he said, "it seems to me a poor thing to hang
one's salvation on."
"What is? Is Christ a poor thing to trust? Is God's word
a poor thing to trust?"
"Oh, no; I mean it is a poor thing to hang on faith. To
think that if you have faith you will be saved, let you sin
and do as you like."
"Ah! my dear sir, but the man that has real faith in
Christ does not want to sin. (Titus 211-14.) He hates it, and
longs for and delights in holiness; and he is the only one
that gets delivered from sin. But now you try from this day,
in your way, never to sin again."
"I have tried," said he, "many a time; still I sin in
thought, word, and deed. But I think I now see that to
believe in Christ is the only way to get both saved, and give
Reader, WHAT AS TO YOUR DYING HOUR? You cannot help the thought crossing your mind at times, can you now? YOUR DYING HOUR may be very near--yes, very near! Now, are you prepared for THAT HOUR? What! are you going on carelessly in sin? Well may you tremble at the thought of YOUR DYING HOUR. Are you trusting in forms and ceremonies of human religion? Ah! these will utterly fail you in YOUR DYING HOUR.
But mark the blessed condition of every saved sinner:
"THEREFORE, BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST." (Romans 5:1.) Is this your
condition? Are you justified? Have you peace with God? Then, my reader, if you should fall asleep before Jesus comes again, yours will be a HAPPY DYING HOUR. -C.S.
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"BE THOU CLEAN"
What a wretched being a leper is, afflicted with a horrid
disease, which no one can cure, and shut out of society as
too loathsome for the eyes of his fellow-men. Sad, but true,
picture of man's moral condition. Fallen--utterly fallen. The
very heart filled with the loathsome disease of sin. His
whole nature corrupt--incurable. This little paper may be put
in the hands of one who feels the wretchedness of sin. Thou
hast sinned. The leprosy has broken out; art thou trying to
hide it? God knows it, and thou art wretched. Oh, how
wretched! What a burthen on thy heart! What is that thou wast saying? I wish I had never been born? Why? Oh! I see; thou hast tried many physicians, but no cure. The leprosy is still there and spreads. Thou hast tried temperance, morality, religion. Thou hast tried to amend, and tried hard, but all in vain; thy case is too bad for these remedies. God knows thy deep sorrow, thy despairing groans.
The leper came to Jesus, just as he was. He does not ask
what he must do to cleanse himself. He came TO HIM,
"beseeching HIM, and kneeling down TO HIM, saying UNTO HIM, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Does Jesus say, Go and get better first? No! Jesus is moved with compassion; and though no other person would touch that wretched leper, Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, and said, "I will, be thou clean." What a wondrous change! That man, whom no one could cure, was in a moment healed: as soon as Jesus had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, AND HE WAS CLEANSED.
Ah! I see your mistake. You have not yet fully seen the
love of God to the ungodly in the death of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Oh, trembling sinner! look in the face of Jesus! See
Him moved with compassion at the sight of thy leprous
wretchedness. Art thou thus brought to Him just as thou art?
t was God who sent Him from heaven, that thy leprosy might be cleansed with His very life's blood: and now, raised from the dead, He speaks to thee just as thou art, "I WILL, BE THOU CLEAN."
My fellow-sinner, there never was a wretched sinner thus
brought and given to Jesus just as he was, but that moment he heard the voice of God in the words of Jesus, and those
blessed words were true of him, "AND HE WAS CLEANSED."
Wouldst thou rob Christ of His glory? Wouldst thou say
that thou must get better before Christ can heal thee? Thou
wouldst not give an earthly physician such a character. Wilt
thou then say of the Great Physician, He receiveth none, and
cleanseth none, but those who are getting better. The blessed Jesus rejected none. Thou mayest be too great a Pharisee for Him, but thou canst not be too great a sinner.
Oh, reader! if now thine eyes are opened to see Jesus
RECEIVING THEE just as thou art, and renouncing all
pretensions to righteousness in thyself, believing on Jesus,
thou EVEN thou art CLEANSED, and cleansed for ever. "FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOREVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED." (Hebrews 10:14.) "BE IT KNOWN UNTO YOU THEREFORE, MEN AND BRETHREN, THAT THROUGH THIS MAN IS PREACHED UNTO YOU THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS: AND BY HIM ALL THAT BELIEVE ARE JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS, FROM WHICH YE
COULD NOT BE JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW OF MOSES." (Acts 13:38-39.)
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"HAVE I REPENTED ENOUGH?"
I do not know a more perplexing question then this to a
really anxious soul. I met a person lately who had spent
years in trying to ascertain how much repentance is required
before a person may be quite sure he is saved.
"Which of the two repentances have you been trying?"
"Why, are there two kinds?" he enquired.
"Oh yes," I replied, "the repentance of the law, was a
man trying to forsake all sin, and do all righteousness,
and thus be saved (see Ezekiel 18:30). But the
repentance of the Gospel is the giving up all
pretensions to righteousnesses." The meaning of the word
we translate "repentance" is simply a change of mind.
The kind of change of mind depends on the connection in
which it stands. It may be of sorrow, or it may be of
joy, unto death or unto life. The change of mind or the
repentance of the law was on the principle of works. The
change of mind, or repentance of the gospel, is not of
works at all, but entirely of grace. Sorrow for sin, and
forsaking sin, and living to God--if anything are works,
these are. If thus seeding salvation by works, you can
never have enough of this repentance to get saved. It is
a thorough mistake to think of getting saved by the good
works of the repentance of the law.
You may think it a light thing to go on in sin. Oh, you
can easily repent some day. Fearful, fatal, delusion. You are
becoming more hardened every day.
Let me now turn to the repentance of the gospel. God is
a God of truth, and the truth is that man is a LOST
SINNER, utterly without righteousness; as it is written,
"THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE." Now man's mind is in total darkness as to this. He thinks he is not so bad as to be past mending. And there is another thing.
God loves man in this lost and guilty condition. He sent
His beloved Son from the throne of glory and with burning
love for the poor, guilty sinner, He died on the cross--"THE
JUST FOR THE UNJUST." Oh, look at that dying Lamb of God. See from that pierced side the blood of atonement. He bowed His head and died. All was finished. God hath raised Him from the dead; and now God can meet thee, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. He does meet thee. He does love thee, poor, broken-hearted sinner. God meets thee in love! Thou thoughtest He could only meet thee in deserved wrath. He commands thee in the gospel to change thy mind. What is that?
To believe what is true. That thou hast nothing but sin in
which to meet Him. Give up, only give up all pretensions to
righteousness, and as a lost sinner, I point thee to the
cross; and I tell thee, as surely as thou art brought to know
thyself as a lost sinner, feeling thy utter need of Christ,
God meets thee through the finished work of Christ, and
pointing to the cross on which all thy sins were borne, He
says, "There sinner! now I have nothing against thee." It is
not thy meeting God with the works of thy repentance; but God meeting thee through the death of Christ.
May the goodness of God thus lead thee, my reader, to
repentance, even to the full knowledge of His wondrous love
to thee, a lost sinner, and THOU shalt find these glad
tidings the power of God unto salvation.
By the Spirit of God thou shalt have godly sorrow for
sin and power to forsake it; yea, God shall work in thee to
will and to do. These things certainly accompany salvation,
but are never its conditions, otherwise grace would no more
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"THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE."
"Blessed is he whose transgression if forgiven, whose sin is
My friend, though a stranger to me, let me ask you this
question: Could anything make you so truly happy, as to know for certain that your sins were forgiven? To hear those
words, "THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE?" Yes, THY SINS; all of them--every sin of thy heart and sin of thy life--forgiven thee. Is it possible that this blessedness shall be thine?
Compared with eternity, thou hast only a few hours to live.
At the end of these few hours, what is thy prospect? What a
thought! Soon, very soon, thou wilt be in glory of in hell.
Nothing can be core certain. Is thy foot lifted up in the
paths of sin? Hold! another step and thou mayest be lost.
Whatever had that man done to whom Jesus spake those
wondrous words, "THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE"? Let us look at Mark 2:1-12. Why, this seems strange; he had done nothing; he was too sick to do anything. He could not walk, nor even stand. He was borne of four, and they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay. What a picture of man's condition; sin-sick, so prostrate that he can do nothing. Sin-palsied so bad that he cannot walk--cannot stand. True of you, true of me, true of all. "FOR ALL HAVE SINNED." "THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE." Every limb palsied; every thought defiled with sin.
And they LET HIM DOWN to the feet of the Son of God.
Have you been let down? Every sinner saved by grace has a
letting down--down, down, down--and many a time, when he thinks himself let down, self has still to be let down, down.
Some are let down at once, utterly lost sinners, as the
feet of Jesus, and at once are saved. It takes years to let
down the self-righteous pride of others. But to be let down
in the deep sense of sin and misery, fairly to sink at the
feet of Jesus, and then to hear the first words of the Son of
God, "THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE,"--this is blessedness indeed! Oh, my reader, have you, now have you, been brought as a lost, helpless, hell-deserving sinner, to Jesus? Oh, have you? Hush! listen. Look at Jesus. He proposes no conditions to that helpless man. He does not say, If thou wert a little better, or if thou wouldst walk a little, or if thou wilt promise this or that.
No, blessed Jesus! that would not have been like thee;
that would not have been grace. Oh, now men do misrepresent thee, my precious, pardoning, gracious Lord! Jesus pardoned first, and then gave power to walk. And still He pardons first, and then gives power to walk in holiness before God. Is not this just what a sinner needs? To be pardoned and saved first, and that being settled, then he has divine power, by the Spirit of God, to live as a child of God, and walk in holiness.
Jesus said,... "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE: HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE: AND WHOSOEVER LIVETH AND BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. BELIEVEST THOU THIS?" (John 11:25-26.)
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TWO THINGS WHICH GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death
unto life." (John 5:24.)
There are two things joined together in this verse.
These tow things man tries to put very far asunder. Read the
verse again. Now what are those things? They are BELIEVING and HAVING. As we have it in another place: "He that BELIEVETH on me HATH everlasting life."
Sometimes a person will say, with great anxiety, "I do
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I am sure I trust in none
else. I fell I am a lost sinner. I fully believe that the death of Jesus was the atonement for sin. I have no doubt that God raised Him from the dead. I know that it is only through the shedding of His precious blood that sins can be forgiven. But I cannot get to know that I HAVE EVERLASTING
If this really is my reader's condition, if you have
heard the words of Jesus--if you do really trust in Him
alone, then there is no question--there can in that case be
no question whether you have everlasting life or not. I only
ask, do you really trust alone in the Lord Jesus Christ? If
so, I have no need to ask, have you everlasting life? If one
of these things is true in you,--viz., real faith in Christ,-
-I know the other is. You have everlasting life; for Jesus
says, "It is most certain, it is most certain, I say unto
you, HE THAT BELIEVETH OF ME HATH EVERLASTING LIFE." Yes, in
one breath Jesus joins these TWO BLESSED THINGS TOGETHER--BELIEVETH and HATH! The discovery of this to the soul gives perfect peace. No more perplexity; no more uncertainty. The more deeply you fell your own unworthiness, the more amazing will the love of Jesus appear in dying for your sin. Oh yes! it will appear more and more terrible, and the glory of the cross shine brighter and brighter; the world will now be with thee lighter than vanity; for thou, even thou, hast a home in the mansions of light. And though tempted in a world of sin, opposed by a subtle enemy, and groaning over inbred corruptions, yet still thy trust is alone in Jesus, and thou hast everlasting life.
I think I hear thee saying, Is this true of me?
Trembling believer, Jesus has said it; it cannot be false.
This MOMENT,if thine ears are opened by the Spirit of God to hear the words of Jesus, and in thine heart to believe on God who sent Him, then certainly thou, even THOU, HAST EVERLASTING LIFE. And how blessed how perfect the salvation of God. Thou not only hast everlasting life, but thou shalt not come into condemnation. Jesus says it, and He will keep His word to thee. Yea, even more still,--thou art passed FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE. Just as all Israel passed through Jordan with the Ark of God, so, my dear fellow-believer, hast thou passed with Christ from death into resurrection, and there fore into everlasting life. Open thine eyes, for THOU ART RISEN with Christ. As surely as HE took thy place in death, the divine Substitute, so surely has God given thee a place with Him in spotless brightest glory. Go in peace, then, and doubt no more.
But there are two things more joined together. "He that
believeth not in condemned already." Whether thou goest to
the ale- house, or to church; whether thou art living in open
sin, or trusting in thy strictly religious life; I tell thee,
if Jesus is not thine only trust, thou art condemned already;
thou art waiting the execution of divine vengeance as a
rejecter of Christ. "Search the Scriptures, and see if these
things be so." (Acts 10:43; 13:38-39.) C.S.
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"WHY ARE YE TROUBLED?"
If living a stranger to Christ, you may well be troubled. The
thought of death, and judgment to come, may well give you
trouble. If this is your condition, God grant that your
trouble may be greater and greater, until you find rest in
This little paper may be put into the hands of a
doubting Christian. To such an one, these words of Jesus have peculiar application. (Luke 24:38-39.) Jesus, alive from the dead, speaks these words, "WHY ARE YE TROUBLED? AND WHY DO THOUGHTS ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS? BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET?" What tender love is this! Blessed Jesus! He had said unto them, "PEACE BE UNTO YOU;" and it touched his tender heart that there should be trouble or a thought in their hearts. How could such deep sincere love bear to be doubted; He had loved them unto death; His very body had been broken on the cross for them; His very blood had been shed for the remission of their sins; as their Substitute He had died the accursed death of the cross for them--the just for the unjust. One had denied Him, and all had forsaken Hem. But now God had raised Him from the dead, FOR THEIR JUSTIFICATION. And now the object of His eternal desire was accomplished-- redemption was finished. He heart, overflowing with unutterable joy, had found vent in those ever-precious words, "PEACE BE UNTO YOU;" how could He then bear a cloud of trouble, or one doubting thought, in the hearts of those He had SO LOVED? Oh! it makes my heart melt whilst I look at Jesus and hear those divinely sweet words, "WHY ARE YE TROUBLED? AND WHY DO THOUGHTS ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS? BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET."
My reader; do you believe that that agony and shameful
death of Jesus, the spotless Son of God, on the cross, was
for your sins--that He was delivered for your offences--and
that, having endured their utmost penalty, God raised Him
from the dead for your justification? For this is true of
every sinner that believeth. Yes, and if you are brought by
the Holy Spirit thus to trust in JESUS ALONE, then it is true
of you; and these words are written for you. With a heart
still filled with joy, Jesus says, "PEACE BE UNTO YOU." Like Peter, you may have denied Him; or, like the rest, you may have forsaken Him; but look at Him, listen to Him; of! what words of love--yes, love that cannot bear to be doubted; and words TO YOU: "WHY ARE YE TROUBLED? AND WHY DO THOUGHTS ARISE
IN YOUR HEARTS?" How do you answer these words of Jesus? Do you say, I am such a vile ungrateful sinner; He says, "BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET;" now look at them, what do you think about those wounds of Jesus? Do they not speak peace to your troubled conscience? "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN."
Blessed Jesus! thy work is finished; here our souls
rest. Our sins were laid on thee; they cannot be laid on us.
On our account wrath was on thee; on thy account it is peace, endless peace, to us.
May my reader hear the words of Jesus, "GO IN PEACE, AND DOUBT NO MORE." He does not say, Look at YOUR faith or YOUR feeling--He does not say, Look at you sins or your failings. Ye might look at them in despair. But He says, "BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET;" as though HE had said, Is it not enough?
could I love you more? "TO HIM GIVE ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS, THAT THROUGH HIS NAME WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL
RECEIVE REMISSION OF SINS." (Acts 10:43.)
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HOW ARE YOU TO BE SAVED?
"What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Who would have
thought that that question, which so many ask, would have
tempted Christ? It is the language of one "willing to justify
himself." What shall I DO? No words can more plainly show the ignorance of a fallen sinner. Whilst these words are in his
lips, he knows not his lost, fallen, helpless condition.
The Lord knows the pride of the deceived heart. The
religionist can repeat the law, and no doubt thinks he can
keep it. "DO IT," says Jesus, "AND THOU SHALT LIVE;" and then answers His tempting question with one of the most striking parables in the Word of God. This parable of the good Samaritan is the answer to man's question, "WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?" It describes man's condition-- yours. Fallen among thieves, stripped, wounded, left half dead. What a picture! and how true! Man is not innocent--not happy; but fallen, guilty, helpless, undone. Look at that dying man by the road-side; he cannot walk a yard further, no, not a step. He cannot even call for help. Do not you see he is dying? Is this the man to talk about DOING--eh? Poor dying man, the law cannot help thee! The priest and the Levite have to pass thee by; they cannot help thee. Reader, thou art this man; this is thy spiritual state. The law cannot help thee; the priest and the Levite cannot help thee; thine own efforts, thy resolutions, thy struggling! I tell thee there is only one that can help thee. "A CERTAIN SAMARITAN CAME WHERE HE WAS: AND WHEN HE SAW HIM, HE HAD COMPASSION, AND WENT TO HIM, AND BOUND UP HIS WOUNDS, POURING IN OIL AND WINE, AND SET HIM ON HIS OWN BEAST, AND BROUGHT HIM TO AN INN, AND TOOK CARE OF HIM." This is Jesus, the Son of the living God. Infinite love--mighty to save! God so loved, so pitied, fallen, helpless, naked, dying man. He saw him where and as he was. Yes, this is the glory of the gospel. God, full of tender compassion, rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, yes, even then God SENT His beloved Son to man, laid by the road-side, fallen in sin and misery (See Ephesians 1:1-10).
Man could do nothing: Jesus came to him where he was.
What a journey of love! He came to do all for the sinner, and He has done it; it is finished. "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, AND GOOD-WILL TOWARD MEN."
Oh! my reader, dost thou thus know Jesus? Is it no
longer what shall I DO? But art thou resting on what Jesus
has done on the cross? Hast thou been brought to know thy
utterly lost condition by the way-side? Has Jesus come to
thee--has He bound up thy broken heart, pouring in oil and
wine? Has God revealed to thee Jesus, taking THY PLACE as a sinner, and now giving thee HIS PLACE in spotless purity for ever. Dost thou know that it is not thy taking care of Jesus, but Jesus taking care of thee? yea, and until He comes again, that He hath committed thee into the hands of God, who keeps thee with His mighty power! yes, He that will take care of thee? (John 17:11, 1 Peter 1:5.)
If thou art a DOER for eternal life, thou art a
rejecter, a despiser, a tempter of Christ. But if thou
knowest and believest the love of God in thus sending Jesus
to thee, thou hast eternal life. It is the GIFT of God. Let
thy work now be to show forth the praises of Him who saw
thee, and saved thee, and loves thee for ever. "WE LOVE HIM, BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US." Read the parable over seven times. (Luke 10:25-37.)
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WHO IS TO BLAME?
Let us suppose a vessel foundering at sea. We know the
vessel to be exceedingly rotten, and so leaky that it is
filling fast--that it must shortly go down. On shore the
utmost effort is made. The life-boat, with capacity to hold
every person on the sinking ship, is launched. The mariners
pull alongside the rotten, sinking vessel. The captain of the
life-boat begs every person on board immediately to let go
the old rotten ship and trust himself in his hands in the
life-boat, with the certainty of being brought safe to shore.
he people on board resolutely refuse the invitation. One
says, "The old vessel is not so bad; she only requires
painting," &c. Another says, "Away with both you and your
life-boat! we have a carpenter of our own, whose business it
is to mend the old ship. Who do you think is going to leave
this fine old ship and trust to that poor-looking boat?" The
vessel fills and sinks. And now tell me, if every fool-hardy
despiser on board goes down, WHO IS TO BLAME? Plainly themselves. THE LIFE-BOAT WAS SENT TO THEM AND THEY REFUSED.
Man is that rotten ship--fallen, ruined by sin, filling
fuller and fuller of sins, until he sinks into perdition.
Christ Jesus is the life-boat. God so loved this poor,
ruined, sinking world that He sent the life-boat, "THAT
WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE." Did the world believe God? Oh no, they rejected even such love, so great salvation. They murdered the Son of God. The death of Jesus was the offering of Himself, the atoning sacrifice for sin, God raised Him from the dead; and the RISEN CHRIST becomes the LIFE-BOAT of every soul that trusts in Him.
But, my reader, may I ask you a home question. Where are you--in the life-boat or in the old ship? Are you in Christ
or trusting to the self-righteousness of old human nature?
ARE YOU ONE OF THE REDEEMED? Can you say that you "HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, EVEN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS?"
(Colossians 1:14). Or are you still in and of that world,
which is guilty of rejecting and murdering the Son of God?
Perhaps you do not care for these things. Are you
filling up the measure of your iniquity? You know when the
old ship gets full it sinks, and when your last sin on earth
shall be filled up and you sink into endless perdition, you
will remember WHO IS TO BLAME.
But are you trusting to outward forms and ceremonies of
religion? Now what good will this outside paint do? The ship
is sinking, and if you stay on it, you will go down with the
very paint-brush in your hand. Oh my friend! all the
baptisms, and sacraments, and ordinances that man can perform will never keep one ruined sinner from sinking into hell! Woe be to your poor soul if you trust in them.
Do you say there are so many opinions-how am I to tell
who is right? Whoever points you to Christ, the life-boat, is
right; and whoever keeps you in the old ship, is wrong. Do
you not see that?
Are you trying--no matter how--TO MEND THE OLD SHIP; that is, your fallen human nature, called in scripture "THE FLESH?" Then you may be quite certain, sooner or later, if you continue in that condition YOU WILL, as the old ship, GO DOWN. Think where! Oh the bottomless pit--and WHO IS TO BLAME?
Oh! give up the vain attempt to mend the old ship. Own
yourself a lost, undone, ruined sinner--believe the grace of
God in sending you Christ the life-boat--trust Him with all
your heart--confess Him with your lips and life. You cannot
be in both. If you are in the old ship, no matter how self-
righteous, you are sinking fast: there is not a moment to be
lost. It is indeed great presumption for any one in the old
ship to say, he knows he is safe. But if you are in Christ,
the life-boat, you cannot be too sure. He never did and never will lose one.