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What Must i Do to Be Saved

What Must i Do to Be Saved

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REY. DAVID WARNOCK.


"What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house," Acts xvt, 30, 31.
BY REY. DAVID WARNOCK.


"What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house," Acts xvt, 30, 31.

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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? BY REY. DAVID WAROCK. "What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house," Acts xvt, 30, 31. There is nothing more capable of an experimental knowledge of its truthfulness than Christianity. Men are invited to test its virtue and its power ; and if, after test- ing it according to the conditions laid down in the Gospel, they find it answers not their expectations and their wants, it will be time enough to condemn and disavow it. Who ever complied with those conditions and was not ena- bled to set to his seal that God was true? "If any man do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God." The text is one of the most important questions ever propounded by man — one proposed by a sinner under deep and sudden alarm of conscience. There is nothing more reasonable to suppose than that the emotions of this man and the question extorted were from a sense of his sin and danger. To suppose that the apostle Paul was not better acquainted with the real cause of the alarm of this WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? 91 man than any other, living or dead, would be to judge of his capacity to fill the important office and elevated posi- tion which he occupied as very defective, if not an im- peachment of the wisdom of Him who called him to "open the eyes of the blind, and to turn man from darkness to light.' ' Or, if we consider the person asking the question, "What must I do to be saved ?" what ground had he to look for deliverance, in a temporal point of view, from men who were scourged and imprisoned for preaching " Christ and him crucified ?" one at all. Furthermore, there was no danger to be apprehended by him from the
 
civil law after the apostle said unto him, "Do thyself no harm; we are all here." If the question of the jailer was not with reference to his spiritual and eternal interest, the apostle's answer is entirely out of place: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," etc. What more likely to endanger him temporally than so doing, when before him was the fact that, for preaching Christ, two eminent embassadors were then in suffering and in bonds. The apostle was too well versed in the knowledge of the human heart, and too infallibly instructed to err in the application of the Gospel promise in the text to a man whose alarm was not that of a true penitent; and the sequel confirms this belief. We shall, therefore, consider the text as setting forth two most important points: first, the question, "What must I do to be saved?" and secondly, the answer to the question pro- posed, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ," etc. I. "What must I do to be saved?" 1 . This question is the most important ever uttered by man, taken in the light in which it is used by the passage under consideration — a deep conviction of danger growing out of his sinful heart and life. There is manifest danger to every truly-awakened conscience, known only to those "who have been brought from darkness to light, and from 92 WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? the power of Satan unto God." How terrible the anguish of the royal Psalmist when he said he felt trouble and sorrow, and that "the pains of hell got hold upon him!"
 
and that to sin is to offend the majesty of God, and that its wages is death eternal ! Surely there is danger, if, to atone for the sins of the world, no less victim was requi- site than the humiliation, sufferings, and death of Him who "thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Let every one who contemplates the sins of man as inferior and in no way endangering man's relation to God and heaven, contemplate sin, and especially his own personal offenses, as calling out, from the bosom of the Father, his "well-beloved Son," to humiliation, sorrow, and poverty, the anguish in the garden, the torture on the cross ; and while he views all this, let him remember, sin did all this ; and, if so, how fearful in its consequences is sin that re- quired such a sacrifice. Show me one who has never viewed his sin as endangering his interests, and I will show you one who never has received Jesus Christ so as to properly appreciate his character and office. 2. The question in the text implies a conviction of igno- rance of the plan of salvation. Man is naturally ignorant of the plan by which God will save him. Hence, the question in the text, and the various differences of men as to the plan, show conclusively that a revelation was needed by which guilty man might be pardoned. And certainly God alone is able to direct and lay down the principle upon which erring men may be saved ; and no being in the universe but God can know infallibly. o wonder, then, that man, wherever he has not been in- structed out of the oracles of God, should be ignorant. Hence the vast importance of constant instruction from youth to manhood in the law of our God. 3. True conviction implies a sense of the necessity of doing something in order to be saved. "What must I WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

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