eternity? Yet are there not thousands of shrewd,
far-seeing men today, who look sharply enough after
their own interests in life, but who seem stone-blind
to the eternity before them? In spite of the infinite
love of God to helpless rebels, revealed at Calvary;
in spite of His pronounced hatred of sin; in spite of
the known brevity of man's history here; in spite of
the terrors of judgement after death, and of the solemn
probability of waking up at last with the unbearable
remorse of being on Hell's side of a "fixed"
gulf, man hurries on to the bitter end; as careless
as if there were no God, no death, no judgement, no
heaven, no Hell! If the reader of these pages be such
an one, may God this very moment have mercy upon you,
and while you read these lines, open your eyes to your
most perilous position, standing as you may be on the
slippery brink of an endless woe!
Oh, friend, believe it or not, your case is truly desperate!
Put off the thought of eternity no longer. Remember,
that procrastination is like him who deceives you by
it, not only a "thief," but a "murderer."
There is much truth in the Spanish proverb which says,
"The road of 'By-and-by' leads to the town of 'Never.'"
I beseech you, therefore, to travel that road no longer.
"Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW
is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).
"But," says one, "I am not indifferent
as to the welfare of my soul. My deep trouble lies wrapped
up in another word —
I am among the second-class passengers you speak of."
Well, both indifference and uncertainty are the offspring
of one parent - unbelief. The first results from unbelief
as to the sin and ruin of man, the other from unbelief
as to God's sovereign remedy for man. It is especially
for souls desiring before God to be fully and unmistakably
SURE of their salvation that these pages are written.
I can in a great measure understand your deep soul-trouble,
and am assured that the more you are in earnest about
this all-important matter, the greater will be your
thirst, until you know for certain that you are really
and eternally saved. "For what shall it profit
a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his
soul?" (Mark 8:36,37). The only son of a devoted
father is at sea. News comes that his ship has been
wrecked on some foreign shore. Who can tell the anguish
of suspense in that father's heart until, upon the most
reliable authority, he is assured that his boy is safe
Or, again, you are far from home. The night is dark
and wintry, and your way is totally unknown. Standing
at a point where two roads diverge, you ask a passer-by
the way to the town you desire to reach, and he tells
you he thinks that such and such a way is the right
one, and hopes you will be all right if you take it.
Would "thinks", and "hopes," and
"may be's" satisfy you? Surely not. You must
have certainty about it, or every step you take will
increase your anxiety. What wonder, then, that men have