Watch therefore, for
ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The coming of Christ will be as it were at midnight, when all are
sleeping. It will be well for every one to have his accounts all straightened
up before sunset. All his works should be right, all his dealings
just, between himself and his fellow-men. All dishonesty, all sinful
practices should be put far away. The oil of grace should be in our
vessels with our lamps. . . . Sad indeed will be the condition of
the soul who has had a form of godliness but has denied the power
thereof; who has called Christ, Lord, Lord, and yet who has not His
image and superscription.
God graciously grants a
day of probation, a time of test and trial. He gives the invitation:
"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while
he is near." . . .
To-day the voice of mercy
is calling, and Jesus is drawing men by the cords of His love; but
the day will come when Jesus will put on the garments of vengeance.
. . The wickedness of the world is increasing every day, and when
a certain line is reached, the register will be closed, and the account
settled. There will be no more a sacrifice for sin. The Lord cometh.
Long has mercy extended a hand of love, of patience and forbearance,
toward a guilty world. The invitation has been given, "Let him
take hold of my strength. . . ." But men have presumed upon His
mercy and refused His grace.
Why has the Lord so long
delayed His coming? The whole host of heaven is waiting to fulfill
the last work for this lost world, and yet the work waits. It is because
the few who profess to have the oil of grace in their vessels with
their lamps, have not become burning and shining lights in the world.
It is because missionaries are few. . . .
Every week counts one week
less, every day one day nearer to the appointed time of the judgment.
Alas that so many have only a spasmodic religion--a religion dependent
upon feeling and governed by emotion. "He that endureth to the
end shall be saved." Then see that you have the oil of grace
in your hearts. The possession of this will make every difference
with you in the judgment.
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