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MAY ONE BE SURE OF HIS SALVATION.

MAY ONE BE SURE OF HIS SALVATION.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


1 John 3 :13-18.

MARVEL not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that
I we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no mur-
derer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of
God, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down
our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from
him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us
not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


1 John 3 :13-18.

MARVEL not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that
I we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no mur-
derer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of
God, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down
our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from
him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us
not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

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May One Be Sure of His Salvation? BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M 1 John 3 :13-18. MARVEL not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that I we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no mur- derer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth. Amen. JBeloved in Christ: If this very evening death should come to you, would you be saved or lost? That is the question. There are only four or five answers possible to that question. Some might positively say o, we would not; and O God pity the man that is not saved right now, because tomorrow he may be in eternity. Surely it is a woeful mistake to put off from day to day what God said you should do first. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." Another answer to that question might be, We have not thought of the matter at all, and I believe that would be the answer of a large majority of people who are not
 
saved today. They are simply living on from day to day and giving the matter no thought whatever. And Oh, what a condition of affairs that is for a man, just to live 512 SECOD SUDAY AFTER TRIITY. 513 on from day to day, with brain to think, with immortal souls to save, worth more than all the world and yet never paying attention to them. May God help you to think and ask yourselves the question, Am I saved, or am I lost? Another answer might be, I hope so; I am trying to live a good life. I suppose there are a great many people in this day of universal religion without any Christ in it who are taught the old doctrine of the Pharisees to make themselves better instead of trusting in the blood of Christ, and possibly hundreds and hundreds of honest men and women really think that all they need to do is  just to live about as good a life as the average Chris- tian, and when they come to die they will be all right, and they will go right to heaven. That is one of the most remarkable doctrines ever published to the world. It is the doctrine of Satan and not of God. The truth of God's Word is that none are righteous, no not one, your own righteousness availeth nothing. The Word of God says. Our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. You might just as well sit here tonight clothed in filthy old rags and tell me you are clean as to tell me you are going to be saved by goodness of your own. If you can be saved by your goodness, I can by mine, and if I can, every other man can. Then the coming of the Savior would all be useless; His dying on Calvary would not have been necessary; God's plan would all be in vain. Oh, do not deceive yourselves. You never can be saved by your own righteousness.
 
Another answer to the question, Are you saved? might be this : o one can tell. I occasionally meet with people who say that this matter of salvation is not a certainty; Ave cannot know; we may think we are saved and may find out after all that we are lost. It is true that some people may think that, but when you say that no man can know whether he is saved or not, that is not true. That is not Protestantism; that is Catholicism. There are a great many Koman Catholics who imagine that men can not know in this world that they are saved, therefore they 33 514 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. must have Purgatory, but I want to say that God's Word never shows a third place. "Enter ye in at the straight gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction" — not Purgatory — "and many there be which go in thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life'- — not Purgatory — "and few there be that find it." As the tree falleth there it lieth. He that is filthy, let him be filthy still. The answer is not correct that no man can know in this world. There is only one other ansAA er to my question, Are you saved now? and that answer can be. Yes. Positively Yes. A man can just as well know that he is saved as he can know he is living to-day. And, therefore, I put the question tonight: MAY OE BE SURE OF HIS SALVATIO? The answer that John gives is very positive. "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren." It was no uncertainty with John.

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