Sobering Thoughts 1

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Mat 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell– and great was its fall.”

“You have here one of the saddest considerations imaginable presented to you, and that is how far it is possible a man may go in a profession of religion and yet, after all, fall short of salvation; how far he may run and yet not so run as to obtain. This, I say, is sad, but not so sad as true; for our Lord Christ plainly attests it: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

“…who have a name to live and yet are dead, being busy with the form of godliness but are strangers to the power of it. These are the proper subjects of this treatise, and may the Lord follow it with His blessing wherever it comes, that it may be an awakening word to all and, especially, to that generation of profligate professors with which this age abounds, who, if they keep to their church, bow the knee, talk over a few prayers and, at a good time, receive the sacrament think they do enough for heaven and, hereupon, judge their condition safe and their salvation sure, though there is a hell of sin in their hearts and the poison of asps under their lips.

“If eternal life is so easy attainment, and to be had at so cheap a rate, why did our Lord Christ tell us, “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be what find it?” And why should the apostle perplex us with such a needless injunction to give diligence to make our calling and election sure?

“Take heed of resting in a form of godliness, as if duties ex opere operato could confer grace. A lifeless formality is advanced to a very high esteem in the world, as a “cab of dove’s dung” was sold in the famine of Samaria at a very dear rate. Alas! The profession of godliness is a very sandy foundation to build the hope of an immortal soul upon for eternity. Remember, the Lord Jesus called him a foolish builder who founded his house upon the sand.”

Matthew Meade, The Almost Christian Discovered (International Outreach)

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