The end of all things
is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1 Peter
Do you believe that the end of all things is at hand, that the scenes
of this earth's history are fast closing? If so, show your faith by
your works. A man will show all the faith he has. Some think they
have a good degree of faith, when if they have any, it is dead, for
it is not sustained by works. "Faith, if it hath not works, is
dead, being alone." Few have that genuine faith which works by
love and purifies the soul. But all who are accounted worthy of everlasting
life must obtain a moral fitness for the same. "Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for
we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure." This is the work before
you. . . .
You must experience a death
to self, and must live unto God. "If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God." Self is not to be consulted. Pride, self-love,
selfishness, avarice, covetousness, love of the world, hatred, suspicion,
jealousy, evil surmising, must all be subdued and sacrificed forever.
When Christ shall appear, it will not be to correct these evils and
then give a moral fitness for His coming. This preparation must all
be made before He comes. It should be a subject of thought, of study,
and earnest inquiry, What shall we do to be saved? What shall be our
conduct that we may show ourselves approved of God?
When tempted to murmur,
censure, and indulge in fretfulness, wounding those around you, and
in so doing wounding your own soul, oh! let the deep, earnest, anxious
inquiry come from your soul, Shall I stand without fault before the
throne of God? Only the faultless will be there. None will be translated
to heaven while their hearts are filled with the rubbish of earth.
Every defect in the moral character must first be remedied, every
stain removed by the cleansing blood of Christ, and all the unlovely,
unlovable traits of character overcome.
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