Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prepared In Advance

Let no person deceive us with vain words upon this dreadful subject. People have arisen in these latter days, who profess to deny the eternity of future punishment, and repeat the devil’s old argument, that we “shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). Let none of their reasonings move us, however plausible they may sound. Let us stand fast in the old paths. The God of love and mercy, is also a God of justice. He will surely requite. The flood in Noah’s day, and the burning of Sodom, were meant to show us what He will one day do. No lips have ever spoken so clearly about hell as those of Christ Himself. Hardened sinners will find out, to their cost, that there is such a thing as the “wrath of the Lamb” (Rev. 6:16-17).

Let us often look forward to the Judgment Day. There are many things going on in the world that try our faith. The frequent triumphing of the wicked is perplexing. The frequent depression of the godly is a problem that appears hard to solve. But it shall all be made clear one day. The tangled maze of God’s providence shall be unraveled. Every drop of righteous blood that has been spilled shall be required.

A true Christian has a good hope when he looks ahead: the worldly man has none. A true Christian sees light in the distance: the worldly man sees nothing but darkness. And what is the hope of a true Christian? It is just this, – that Jesus Christ is coming again, coming without sin, – coming with all His people, – coming to wipe away every tear, – coming to raise His sleeping saints from the grave, – coming to gather together all His family, that they may be for ever with Him. Why is a believer patient? Because he looks for the coming of the Lord. He can bear hard things without murmuring. He knows the time is short. He waits quietly for the King.

The world will not be converted when Christ returns. It will be found in the same condition that it was in the day of the flood. When the flood came, men were found “eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage,” absorbed in their worldly pursuits, and utterly regardless of Noah’s repeated warnings. They saw no likelihood of a flood. They would not believe there was any danger. But at last the flood came suddenly and “took them all away.” All that were not with Noah in the ark were drowned. They were all swept away to their last account, unpardoned, unconverted, and unprepared to meet God. And our Lord says, “so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

J.C. Ryle
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[I have never felt such urgency as I do now . . . to please the Lord and to not grieve the Holy Spirit.  I have never known such prompting as now . . . to retrieve the lost--loved ones, strangers, friends--ANY who have as yet refused the grace of salvation.  Time is running out, and even then He will come like a thief in the night--oh the shock and horror in those whose hearts were cold to the transforming truth, whose eyes were deliberately shut against His clear revelation!  Then there will be no more time and the wailing begins which never ends!  Please saints reach out to those still lost, however you may, remembering that it is not your wit, nor your intelligence . . . not your personality or any tricks of debate which win stone hearts to Jesus, but God's Word and the Holy Spirit Who convict; but it remains to you to be the means by which He addresses them; your crowns await for  stepping into the good works He has already laid out for you to act through . . . .
"For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them."  --Eph.2:10 ] brother, thomas

1 comment:

Mark said...

"AKANSA!"...."To the arches"...."to the Arks".

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