The Messenger - November/December 10
Here is the weather forecast
Few of us will soon forget the meteorological blunder committed in 2009 when weather forecasters predicted a 'barbecue summer'. With what excited expectation we waited for the heat and the balmy sunshine but our hopes were soon dashed as day after day we woke to grey skies and heavier than usual rainfall. Have men forgotten that God is in full control of His universe and every aspect of it? How easily He can confound the pronouncements of puny men and bring to nought their boasted wisdom.
Hope and anticipation were replaced by disappointment and the lesson must be learned that we cannot rely upon the predictions and promises of men. Many felt they had been deceived and some were angry since they had made their holiday plans on the strength of men's vain words, choosing to stay at home instead of jetting off to sunnier climes.
How often has this scenario been repeated! Politicians and their spin-doctors appear upbeat and aim to convince the electorate that they have the solutions to all the problems. Vote for them and the economy will improve, your living standard will be raised and everything will, in time, be better. Religious leaders and spiritual advisers calm the fears of their congregations, assuring them that they need not worry: continue living a good life; keep performing charitable acts; be regular in church attendance and there is a good chance that you will get to heaven.
My friend, in these vitally important and eternal matters you cannot afford the slightest uncertainty. One moment after death is too late
Absolutely! God's Word assures us that salvation can be obtained in a moment of time and can never be taken from us. Consider 1John 5.13 "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." Romans 8.1 states emphatically, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." The Lord Jesus Himself said in John 10.28 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand."
The gospel presents the good news that simply by trusting Christ alone, you will be saved without a doubt. Let God's Word speak: "He
My friend, there is no other Saviour; no other means of salvation; no other way to heaven. Do not let anyone deceive you: a wet summer passes, we get over the disappointment, but hell is forever.
Reproduced from "Assembly Testimony" obtainable from W. Neill,
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15.13)