Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Are You Yet Unsaved?
“The harvest is finished, and the summer is gone,” the people cry, “yet we are not saved!” Jeremiah 8:20 NLT
“Not saved”! Dear reader, is this your sad condition? Warned of the judgment to come, urged to escape for your life, and yet at this moment “not saved”? You know the way of salvation—you’ve read it in the Bible, heard it from the pulpit, had it explained to you by friends—yet if you neglect it, you are “not saved.” You will be without excuse when the Lord judges the living and the dead (Acts 10:42). The Holy Spirit has given His blessing to the word that was preached in your hearing, and “times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19) have come from the divine presence—are you still without Christ? Hopeful seasons have come and gone—your summer and your harvest have past—are you yet “not saved”? Years have followed one another into eternity, and your final year will soon be here: youth has passed, adulthood is going—are you still “not saved”? Let me ask you: Will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? If the most advantageous seasons have left you unsaved, will other occasions change your condition? If God’s various means have failed with you—the best of means, used with perseverance and the greatest affection—what more can be done for you? If affliction and prosperity have each failed to impress you, then tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. In such a case, isn’t the probability against your ever being saved? Isn’t it more likely that you will continue as you are until death locks the door of hope forever? Do you cringe at this thought? It is only reasonable: the person who has not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his or her end. The “convenient time” never seemed come—why should it ever come? It is logical to assume that it never will arrive and, like Felix with the apostle Paul (Acts 24:25), you will find no convenient times until you are in hell. Oh, think of what hell is, and of the dreadful possibility that you could be cast into it! Reader, if you should die unsaved, no words can picture your doom. Write out that dreaded condition in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth—you will be punished with everlasting destruction, away from the glory of the Lord and from the glory of His power. I would be happy if my voice could startle you into earnestness. Oh, be wise! Be wise in time, and before another year begins, believe in Jesus who is able to save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25). Set apart these last hours of the year for solitary thought, and if the need of deep repentance is felt in you, that is good. If that feeling leads you to a humble faith in Jesus, that is the best of all. Oh, be sure this year doesn’t end with you in a state of unforgiveness before God. Don’t allow the celebration of the new year to surround a joyless spirit! Now, now, now believe and live.
Nothing to remotely write about concerning Spurgeon's words.
Consider them well! You are not promised a tomorrow. You were never promised the next 10 minutes. What if you found yourself before God and He asked you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say? Seriously, what would you say?
Know before you sleep tonight.