WAY OF SALVATION By Alexander
Read these pages and you will see that, in spite of your sins, God
loves your precious soul, and longs to bestow upon you pardon, peace, joy,
and "pleasures for evermore."
GOD'S WAY OF SALVATION
By Alexander Marshall
This booklet has been written especially for you. Whether careless
or interested, indifferent or anxious about your relationship to God and
Eternity, you will find words of instruction in its pages. Please do read
it, and read it CAREFULLY. Man's way of salvation and God's way of salvation
are compared and contrasted; popular excuses and objections are examined
and replied to, while difficulties of inquirers are explained.
Ruin by the fall, redemption by the Blood, regeneration by the Holy
Spirit, and reception by faith are expounded.
Hitherto you may have thought that it was a matter of little concern
to God whether you were lost or saved. Read these pages and you will see
that, in spite of your sins, God loves your precious soul, and longs to bestow
upon you pardon, peace, joy, and "pleasures for evermore." Alex
I DON'T NEED THIS
A distinguished man in the East, at great expense provided a sumptuous
feast, and invited many to come. When the time came for the guests to arrive,
they all absented themselves, and sent excuses. The fact was, they did not
wish to go, and, not having the courage to say, "We won't" they said. "We
cannot." Whatever may have been their reasons for refusing to speak out their
minds and attend the feast, their excuses were extremely silly (Luke
The first said, "I have bought a piece of ground and I must needs
go and see it: I pray thee have me excused." What was the hurry? Could he
not have gone at some other time? The second was not a bit better. "I have
bought five yoke of oxen and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused."
What harm could have come to the oxen by giving them a night's rest? Besides,
whether they were value or not for the money he paid for them they were
But the third excuse was the worst of all. "I have married a wife,
and therefore I cannot come." why didn't he take her with him? The spiritual
application of the story must be evident to all. God, at an infinite cost,
has provided a feast for perishing sinners. He has commanded His servants
to go into all the world and proclaim the glad tidings to every creature.
Here are some excuses given.
NEVER DID ANY HARM IN MY LIFE''
Such an excuse has often been given. Is this your excuse? Do you
really mean that you have never done any harm? Have you never cherished an
impure, unkind, or wicked thought? Have you never spoken a hasty word, told
a lie, or attempted to mislead anyone? Have you loved God with all your heart,
soul, strength, and mind? Have you loved your neighbor as yourself? "Oh no,"
you reply; "no one has."
Never mind others just now. You admit that you have sinned. If one
were found guilty of breaking the laws of this country, who would believe
that he had done no harm? There is no use concealing the fact that you have
not been what you ought to have been; you have not done what you should have
done in other words, you are a sinner and the Word of God declares? "The
soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezek. 18:4); "The wages of sin is death"
(Rom. 6:23). Take your place as lost and ruined in God's sight, and give
up, all attempts to excuse or cover up your sins. They cannot be hid from
TURN OVER A NEW LEAF''
It is all very well to say that you will "turn over a new leaf."
But let me ask, What about the past black leaves of guilt? Turning over a
new leaf does not remove the blotted ones.
It may be, dear reader, at one time you were addicted to drinking
or swearing, or other bad habits but of late you have "turned over a new
leaf," and are become what the world calls a "reformed" person. This is right
and proper, but does it blot out past disobedience?
A merchant finds that he is in difficulties. He takes his cashbook
and begins a "new leaf," forgetting that there is a "carried over" and a
"brought forward" column. New figures on the "new leaf" won't pay the old
"Turning over a new leaf" won't do for you. Jesus said, "Ye must
be born again" (John 3:3-7)
Satan goes about with his bundle of lies, giving one to one person
and one to another. To one he says, "God is too merciful to punish sinners,"
and if this is not believed, he says "If God does punish the sinner in hell
it won't be eternal."
It is a blessed truth that "God is merciful;" but He is also Holy
and Just, and never can be merciful at the expense of His justice. All His
attributes are equally balanced and cannot conflict with each other. He who
is longsuffering and slow to anger "will by no means clear the
God's pardoning mercy flows only through one channel, and that is
the atonement of Christ; and all who refuse to accept of life through His
death must forever "dwell with the devouring fire." "The wicked shall be
turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17). "He
that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth
on him" (John 3:36).
ONE DOES THE BEST HE CAN HE WILL BE SAVED
Have you always done your best? Have you not again and again done
what you ought not to have done, and omitted doing what you should have done?
"I don't pretend to be perfect." Assuredly not, but remember that this admission
removes every possible hope of your being saved by your doings. One sin is
sufficient to condemn you, and you know that you have committed thousands.
What is the use of such suppositions as, "If a man does the best he can,"
when God has declared that none have ever done so? "All we, like sheep, have
gone astray" (Isa. 53:6), "They are altogether become filthy; there is none
that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 14:3). An unsaved reader, the "best"
that you can do is to admit that you are ruined, helpless, and undone. If
from this day until the day of your death, you did not commit a single sin,
you would not be saved on that ground, for sinners are nor saved by what
they do, but by what Christ has done for them. "To him that worketh not,
but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness" (Rom. 4:5 ).
YOU BELIEVE IN GOOD WORKS?''
When sinners are shown that salvation is all of grace, and "not of
works," it is not an uncommon thing to hear such say, "You don't believe
in good works? "This is a great mistake. What the Word of God shows us is,
that an unconverted man cannot do a good work, as a "good work" must spring
from a good motive, and that must be love to the Lord Jesus.
The moment a person is saved, that very moment everything he does
ought to be done to the glory of God. No sooner do we read of the jailer's
conversion than we see him proving his faith by his works. "He took them
the same hour of the night and washed their stripes." Read the account in
Acts 16. The Bible teaches, "without faith it is impossible to please God,"
and so long as you are unsaved, you are utterly unable to do a single "good
work." Believe in God's wondrous love to you and you will work for Him in
return for what He has done for you.
IS DIFFICULT TO BE A CHRISTIAN''
Do you mean that it is difficult to become a Christian? If so, you
are completely mistaken. " But I have again and again tried to become one
and have failed. "Cease trying to be saved by your efforts: Christ has finished
the mighty work, and justice is satisfied. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
and thou shalt be saved."
"I meant that it was difficult to live the life of a Christian."
Granted at once. Let me, however, ask, whether it is easier to serve Satan
or Christ? Which is the better master? Who gives the best wages?
In serving Satan you have to turn your back on your best Friend,
despise or neglect His great salvation, resist His Holy Spirit, trample under
your feet the Son of God's love, and rush headlong to eternal ruin. Why,
then perish forever, seeing you can be saved?
CANNOT GIVE UP THE PLEASURES OF THIS WORLD"
You are not asked to "give up" anything until you are saved. Salvation,
it is true, includes deliverance from the thraldom and dominion of sin, as
well as from its penalty, and you can't have one part without the other.
God does not, however, say to the sinner "Give up the pleasures and
amusements of the world and I will bestow on you pardon and peace." His way
is, "Receive Christ now into your heart and you will be saved from the power
as well as the doom of sin."
A lady, in conversation with a Christian at the close of a gospel
meeting said, "God won't save me now. "Why?" "I have made up my mind to go
to a ball on Tuesday evening, and He won't save me until I am willing to
give up going to it. "She was shown that "now" was God's time, and that He
was beseeching her to accept a free and present pardon as she was and where
she was. The word was blessed to her soul, and I need not add that she was
not at the ball. She had something better.
WISH TO BE GLOOMY"
Numbers think that a Christian is one who goes through life hanging
his head, heaving sighs drawing a long face, and looking very sanctimonious.
This is one of the biggest, and we fear one of the most widely believed lies
Satan ever coined. Real, lasting happiness is the portion of every believer.
"Gloomy!" What is there in the gospel calculated to make one gloomy? Does
it make a man "gloomy" to know that all his sins are forgiven? Will it "make
one gloomy" to be assured that he will spend eternity with the Lord Jesus
in glory? Will the condemned criminal who has been pardoned by his sovereign
The only one who has a right to be happy is the Christian --he and
he alone being delivered from the bondage of sin.
Well might the psalmist say, "Happy is that people whose God is the
Lord" (Psalm 144:15); "In Thy presence is fulness of joy."
And is that your excuse for not accepting the invitation to the gospel
feast? If so, it is a very poor one. You know some who say they are Christians,
but their conduct proves that they are hypocrites. Though members of churches
and chapels, they do things which you and others, who make no such profession,
would not stoop to, and you are inclined to say of all who profess to be
Christians, "Nice lot! They are a pack of hypocrites."
But surely this would be very unfair reasoning. Hypocrites are persons
who profess to be what they know they are not. Those you refer to, profess
to be, but are not Christians. Are we to conclude because of this, that all
who profess are hypocrites? This would be as foolish as to say that all clerks
are thieves, because two were convicted of stealing.
The fact that some pretend to be Christians proves that the reality
must be good, as men don't counterfeit that which is worthless. Suppose,
however, that real Christians are inconsistent, will that justify you in
not being one?
DOES NOT MATTER WHAT ONE BELIEVES IF HE IS SINCERE''
This is what many of the "mock charity school" say; but let us see
if it is true. A man, feeling unwell, went to the cupboard, and took by mistake
a bottle of poison and drank same of the contents, and died in great agony
a few hours afterward. Did his sincerity of belief save his life?
The engineer of a passenger train sincerely believed that the line
was clear, but he was mistaken. He ran past the signal at full speed and
the result was a dreadful collisions precious lives were lost and many were
A man's salvation or damnation depends on his belief. If he believes
the lie of Satan will eternally perish; but if he believes the truth of God
he will be eternally saved.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death" (Prov. 14:12). Sincerity of belief in that way ends
in everlasting destruction.
I really don't know what to do. There are so many opinions that I
am quite perplexed to know what to believe. If this is your thought, let
me strongly impress upon you the importance of being guided entirely by the
sure Word of God.
A lady, who had not long to live was anxious about her soul. She
earnestly asked a Christian who visited her, "What are your views of salvation?"
"I have no views," was the reply. The lady was amazed. "You seem astonished,"
said the visitor, "but supposing I had what good would they do you, seeing
they would be but the views of a fellow mortal? I can, however, give you
something better. I can give you God's word." The result of the conversation
was the lady shortly afterwards found peace to her soul by learning that
the question "What must I do to be saved?" was answered thus: "Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOST?
The Philippian jailer knew that I he was lost, else he would not
I have asked what he had to do to be saved (Acts 16:30, 31). Have you really
ever seen yourself to be a lost sinner?
The great question is, "Are you saved or lost?" Face it fairly. Were
you called to meet God at this moment, are you prepared? "Thou art of purer
eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity" (Hab. 1:13).
"Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His Throne'' (Psm 97:2).
If unsaved, unconverted, unforgiven, listen to the Word of the living God:
"The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezek. 18:4). "The wicked shall be turned
into hells and all the nations that forget God."
If you know that you are lost, there is One both able and willing
to save you. His mission to this world was to "seek and to save that which
was lost" (Luke 19:10).
HOW TO BE
God is holy and just; and though merciful and gracious, "will by
no means clear the guilty" (Ex 34:7). In His Word He has said "The wages
of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). How then can one be saved, for "all have
The Scripture has declared, "Without shedding of blood is no remission"
(Heb. 9.22). Sin must be atoned for!
"Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all" (1 Tim. 2:6). The ransom price
has been paid and accepted. Justice is satisfied, not with what you have
done, but with what Christ has done for you. On the ground of His finished
work, God invites and beseeches you to accept a free, full and present
It is a wonder that any remain unsaved when God has shown so clearly
and fully, in His Word, how salvation is to be obtained. If you wish to be
saved, hear what God says to you.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"
(John 3:16). "All that believe are justified from all things" (Acts 13:39).
"Whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins" (Acts 10.43).
"He that believeth on Him is not condemned" (John 3: 18). The firstborn in
the blood-sprinkled house in Egypt was preserved from the destroying angel
because the Lord had said, "When I see the blood I will pass over you" (Ex.
12:13). Salvation can only be had by faith in the Lord Jesus
''FAR TOO EASY
Many are stumbled at the simplicity of the gospel. When it is first
presented to them in all its fulness and freeness, they declare that believing
on the Lord Jesus Christ is "far too easy" a way.
Thank God, it is an "easy" way of being saved. Well might the poet
"Oh, how unlike the complex works of man, Heaven's easy, artless
Though an "easy" way it is not "too easy" since it is obtained through
believing in One by whom the difficult work has all been done. It was not
"easy" for Him to be mocked and insulted by men. It was not "easy" for Him
to be scourged, spat upon and crucified. It was not "easy" in the moment
of His humiliation and agony to be forsaken of God. It was not "easy" for
Him to be "wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities."
Though an easy way, it is God's only way of saving sinners, and if the reader
is not saved in that way, he will never be saved at all. "To him that worketh
not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted
ALWAYS BELIEVED ON JESUS AND YET I CANNOT SAY THAT I AM
Depend on it if this is what you say or think, you are completely
mistaken. No one has "always believed on Jesus." You may have believed a
great deal about the Lord Jesus, but you have never received His glorious
gospel, or you would be saved. What about the Lord Jesus do you believe?
"I believe that He died on Calvary for sinners." Believing that won't do
you any good. Do you believe that He bled and suffered and died on account
of your sins? If you did you would know from the Word that you had eternal
life, and would not come into judgment on account of your sins. No one can
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without being saved, for He has declared:
"Whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:43);
"All that believe are justified from all things" (Acts 13:38, 39).
DON'T BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT WAY''
If you are not already saved you do not believe on Christ in any
way. Scripture does not recognize two ways of believing a "right" and a "wrong"
one. Men may speak about a "living faith "and a "dead faith," but Scripture
speaks of believing what God says. Faith in man and faith in God are the
same exercises of mind; the difference is not in the faith, but in the person
on whom the faith terminates.
Paul did not say to the jailer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
with the right kind of believing, and thou shalt be saved." If he had, the
poor ignorant heathen would not have understood him. He simply said, "Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ." Do the same dear reader, "and thou shalt be
WE NOT WORK OUT OUR OWN SALVATION?''
Such a question is often asked by anxious, as well as careless sinners.
Sometimes it is put in this form "Does it not say in the Bible that we are
to work out our own salvation? How then can you reconcile that with the statement
that we are saved through believing?"
You have only to look at the Epistle and see to whom it is addressed.
Philippians 1:1: " To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, with the
bishops and deacons." They were already saved. They did not hope to be, they
knew they were saved. "My beloved . . ." says Paul, "work out your own salvation"
(Phil. 2-12,13). They were already in possession of it. "Your own" implies
possession. They were to "work out" what God had wrought in.
I NOT PRAY TO BE SAVED?''
Scripture nowhere states that salvation is to be had by prayer; it
speaks of sinners being saved in only one way, faith in the finished work
of the Lord. Did not the Lord Jesus tell Nicodemus to "pray to be saved?"
No! "Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish" (John 3:16). Did Paul,
in answer to the question "What must I do to be saved?" reply, "Pray earnestly
for forgiveness, and you will get it?" No!, he said, "Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). You do not need to pray
to God for salvation. He is at this moment beseeching you to take it (2 Cor.
5:20). How can you dare to ask God for salvation so long as you are guilty
of the awful sin of making Him a liar (1 John 5 10, 11)? Instead of continuing
to pray for salvation, even now as you read these lines, stretch out the
empty hand of faith and take it as a gift from the pierced hand of the Lord
Jesus. "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely'' (Rev. 22:17).
I DO MY PART GOD WILL DO HIS"
A Christian in the east of England used to say it took him forty-two
years to learn three things: (1) That he could do nothing to save himself--
(2) that God did not require him to do anything; and,-- (3) that the Lord
Jesus Christ did it all.
If you learn these three lessons you will never talk about your doings.
"Your part" is to admit that you are a helpless, hell-deserving sinner, unable
to do anything to save yourself. "Your part" is to cease thinking of being
saved by anything you can do or feel. "Your part" is to believe that Jesus
did everything that was necessary that He finished the work of atonement
and paid the ransom price with His precious blood. Whenever you cease trying
to be saved by your doings, and believe on the Lord Jesus who did it all
and paid it all, you become a child of God, an heir of glory, and a joint-heir
with Jesus Christ. "To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth
the ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness."
"I AM TOO
GREAT A SINNER"
There can be no doubt that you are a great sinner and far worse than
you imagine. God knows all about you. Since you were an unconscious babe
on your mother's breast He has watched over you and loved you with more than
a parent's love. In spite of your sin and folly, He stands with outstretched
arms ready to welcome you. The prodigal son was received by his father in
rags and wretchedness, misery and poverty, and God is willing to save you
now. Take the lost sinner's place and claim the lost sinner's Saviour. "Him
that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).
ONE CAN BE CERTAIN OF THAT"
Paul's reply to the most important of all questions was very explicit.
He did not say, " Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will have a good
chance of being saved"; but "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt
Numbers declare it is great presumptions in anyone to " go to the
length" of saying he know that he is saved. They affirm that "no one can
be that certain" and that all we can do is to have a "humble hope." How different
this from the Lord Jesus and His apostles! Paul says, "We are always confident"
( 2 Cor.5: 6) The Apostle John says, "I write unto you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake" (1 John 2:12). "We
know that we have passed from death unto life" (1 John 3:14). Every sinner
who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is bound to believe that he is saved.
It would indeed be "great presumption" in anyone to doubt the Word of the
A PERSON BE SAVED AT ONCE?''
The same hour of the night that the Jailer asked, "What must I do
to be saved?, witnessed his conversion, and baptism; and it is likewise added,
he "rejoiced believing in God, with all his house." In one short hour, the
whole household believed, were saved and baptized. It is of no use people
saying that "No one can be saved at once," for Scripture clearly shows that
those mentioned in the New Testament, whenever they believed, were saved.
How long does it take one "to believe" what his father says? A moment. Another
figure is employed "looking." "Look unto Me, and be ye saved" (Isa. 45:22).
How long did it take a bitten Israelite to be cured? The one moment be was
dying, the next, by simply looking at the brazen serpent, he was completely
The very moment you "believe" in, or "look" to Jesus, as the Sin-Bearer,
you are saved.
''I CANNOT LOVE
A lady became anxious about her soul. She prayed and labored earnestly
to "love God" in order to obtain the forgiveness of her sins. Instead, however,
her heart seemed to get harder.
Meetings were being held in the district and one evening the preacher
said, "Some imagine that God requires them to love Him in order to be saved.
They begin to examine their hearts, and they cannot find there one particle
of love to Him. "If," said he, "we were not to be saved until we loved Him,
we would never be saved at all: but the blessed truth is that He loved us."
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His
Son to be the propitiation for our sins" ( 1 John 4 :10 ). The moment she
saw that God had so loved her as to give Jesus as a propitiation for her
sins, peace and joy filled her heart, and she could not help loving Him who
had done so much for her.
It is true you ought to love Him, but so long as you are unsaved
you will not do so. Meditate on His love to you, and you will be able to
say, "We love Him, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
Numbers when awakened to see their danger, get occupied with feelings
toward God, instead of with His feelings toward them. They never seem to
consider this important question: "Does my salvation depend on how I feel
towards God or on how He feels toward me?" Again and again, we hear the remark,
"I don't feel anxious enough," or "I don't feel sorry enough."
Such have read or heard of some who were in great darkness of soul,
and they imagined that they must go through a similar experience.
Don't think of your anxiety, or want of anxiety but ask yourself:
"Is God willing to save me now?" Again and again, in His Word, He declares
that His desire is that you should not perish, but be eternally saved (see
Ezek. 33: 11; 1 Tim. 2: 4 -6). Cease occupying your mind with your feelings.
Think of His wondrous love to you, as manifested in the gift of His only
begotten and well-beloved Son. On the ground of what He did and suffered,
you can be saved even now. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
''I COULD NOT
"I have often tried to be a Christian, but have failed. Sometimes
I thought I was one, but soon the happy feelings were gone, and I was just
as bad as ever; so there is no use in me professing." You need not be troubled
about your "holding on. What you are now required to do is to believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the moment you do so you obtain eternal life (John
3: 3 ), and the assurance that you will never perish (John 10:28 ). Then,
as to how you will "get on" after you are saved, the same Christ who "saves
from wrath to begin with, saves from sin to go on with and will keep you
safe to glory to end with. His name shall be called Jesus: for He shall save
His people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21 ); and He is able to keep you from
falling (Jude 24), and has promised never to leave nor forsake those who
put their trust in Him. The moment you believe on Jesus you are His; and
He has pledged His word to guide, guard, and keep you, and to give you strength
and grace to live and work for Him.
IT NOT BE GREAT PRESUMPTION?"
Presumption to do what? "Presumption is for anyone to say he knows
he is saved."
But if God declares that you may be sure, and tell you how you may
be sure, would you call it presumption to believe Him? "Assuredly not!" Then
listen to Him: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the
name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (l John
Instead of it being "presumption" to believe what God says, to doubt
Him is to be guilty of the greatest sin a man can commit. "But I cannot say
that I am saved." Then you do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? "Oh yes,
I do!" You must surely be mistaken for the Scripture states that "He that
believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" (John 3:36).
"I believe on Jesus, but I cannot say I am saved."
Then you are making God a liar; for He again and again asserts that
everyone who believes on Jesus has eternal life (See John 6:47). But "He
that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because He believeth not the
record that God gave of His Son" (1 John 5: 10,11). Believe and be
FEEL ANY CHANGE''
Of course not. How could you so long as your mind is occupied with
your feelings toward God instead of His feelings toward you. If you continue
to look into your cold wretched heart you will become more and more miserable.
By dwelling on its coldness or hardness, your want of love or want of sorrow,
faith or feelings, you must be unhappy.
Peace is not to be derived from looking within; it is only to be
found by looking unto Jesus, by thinking of what He has done.
So long as you do not believe on Jesus you cannot have that love
to Him you ought. You must first believe in His love and death for you; and
the moment you know that the mighty work has been finished, that justice
has been satisfied, peace will fill your heart and love will flow out to
Him who loved you.
AM I TO COME TO CHRIST?''
A Scotch shepherd, in a state of great anxiety of soul, asked a preacher
if he could tell him what was meant by "coming to Christ." "I have been hearing,"
said he, "a most earnest discourse; we have been urged and entreated to 'Come
to Christ'; and I felt as if I had been sitting on nettles all the time for
he never told us how to come to Him."
"Can you fly to Him?" "No, I cannot do that." "Can you walk on your
feet to Christ?" "No." The preacher then told him that Christ, though in
heaven, was beside him on earth, eagerly anxious to save him. He was shown
that with his mind and heart, and not with his body, he was to go to Jesus
in other words, he was to believe on Him who died that he might live. "Is
that it? Is it so simple? I see it now," he said, and believing on the Lord
Jesus as His Saviour, went on his way rejoicing.
"I CANNOT REALIZE
What do you mean? "I see that Christ has borne my punishment and
that God is perfectly satisfied with what He has done; but somehow or other,
I cannot realize that I have eternal life."
Your mistake is, you are taken up with the realizing of your mind
instead of with the realities of God's salvation. Suppose for some crime
you were sentenced to a term of imprisonment with the option of paying a
large penalty. A friend pays the amount in full, and brings you a receipt;
would you then be afraid of going to jail? "No." "Why not? Because of your
realizings or graspings?" "No." "Why, would you not be afraid? Because the
ransom had been paid."
God in His Word tells you that Christ has given Himself a ransom
for you (1 Tim. 2: 6, and on the ground of what He has done you may be
"I CANNOT FEEL
Paul did not say to the jailor, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
and thou shalt feel saved"; but "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou
shalt be saved" (See Acts 16: 30,31). Ask that man whose debt was paid by
his brother, "Do you feel that your debt is paid?" "No." is his reply, "I
don't feel it is paid" I know from this receipt that it is paid, and I feel
happy, because I know it is paid." So with you, dear reader. You must first
believe in God's love to you as revealed at the Cross of Calvary, and then
you will feel happy, because you will know that you are saved.
SAYS I AM SAVED, AND IT MUST BE TRUE"
Such were the words uttered by a young convert on the night he found
peace. Reader, can you truthfully adopt his language? "I wish I could." Then
there is nothing to hinder you from doing so now. Jesus has died on Calvary.
He has suffered for sins, "the Just for the unjust," and the Lord has declared
that those who believe on Him have eternal life (John 5:24; 6:47). If, therefore,
you really believe on Him you have God's Word for it that you are saved.
"I don't feel I am saved." Neither do I, but thank God, I know it,
because He says so in His Word, and He always speaks the truth.
Allow me to ask you in closing, "Are you saved?" "I intend to be
but there is no great hurry. "What?" No great hurry, "and the messenger of
death at your very door! The man-slayer, fleeing into the city for refuge
did not think so.
When asked why you despised His pardon, and neglected His great
salvation, what answer will you give? Don't, oh, don't allow Satan to lull
you to sleep in the cradle of a false security. Time is short and eternity
is at hand. Will you, can you, dare you one moment longer remain unsaved?
"Now" is God's time. Tomorrow may be too late.
YE MUST BE
BORN AGAIN (John 3:7)
REFORMATION IS NOT REGENERATION
Turning over a new leaf won't destroy the old ones. Future good conduct
does not blot out past disobedience.
GOD IS WILLING TO SAVE YOU NOW
"Now is the accepted time" ( 2 Corinthians 6:2).
"Come now" (Isaiah 1: 18)
IS A FREE GIFT It cannot, therefore, be earned
or bought by good works, prayers, or religious observances. 'The wages of
sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23 Revised
Version). "Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:9).
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
This is clearly taught in Scripture. "being justified
by faith" (Romans 5:1). "If by grace, then it is no more works" (Romans 11:6).
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house"