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up the dead which were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them: and they were judged according to their works. And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire. And if any was not found written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev, 20:6). The sad truth is, that many who profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, through their ignorance of the Scriptures and the weakness of their faith, do not believe these awful truths. The consequence is, they do not appreciate their own salvation; and do not seek, as they should, to save those who are lost. A few years ago, the whole country was interested in the efforts made to save two men who were carried in the rapids above the falls of Niagara to the brink of the falls. They had caught hold of something which kept them from going over. Constant telegrams were sent everywhere giving accounts of the efforts made to save them. After hours of suspense, one could hold on no longer, and was carried over the falls; the other was enabled to cling to a log attached to a rope which had reached them. While being drawn to the bridge, the log struck a rock; he was too weak to hold on to it, was washed off, and was lost. He was almost saved. There is a far more awful descent than over the Falls of Niagara; and a more fearful death, than being carried over them. It is estimated that there is a death every second, or a hundred thousand deaths every day ; that thirty-five millions of souls are going into eternity every year. The most of them, "separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, and having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2: 12). The first impulse of the saved is to declare what Christ has done for their souls ; the next is, to bring others to Christ. The writer was told of a person's saying, “that he had attended church regularly, and during the last eleven years, he had not heard the word hell mentioned." He was also told, by the son of an elder, “You not believe what is said about hell, nor my father neither; or you would try to save every person you met.” “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross” (Phil. 2: 5). Jesus said, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19: 10). “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ” (1 Tim. 1 : 15). Believer, He did this to save you. Have you the "same mind which was in Christ Jesus?" Are you trying to save others ?

MEN CANNOT FIND GOD BY THEIR

REASON.

“Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." Matt. II: 27.

The first effect of sin in Adam was to make him try to get away from God. "Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden" (Gen. 3: 8). After Cain had murdered Abel, and Jehovah had set a mark upon him, he "went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod” (Gen. 4: 16). It was well for Adam that God called unto him; otherwise he would have departed farther and farther from God forever. Reason has been a traitor since the fall. Adam and Eve reasoned themselves into sin. “The woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and 'gave also unto her husband, and he did eat" (Gen. 3:6). One effect of the fall was the entire perversion of the reason. Since then man's reason has been controlled by his wicked heart. This is fully described by Paul in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse : because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools; and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen" (Rom. 1: 18-32).

The Scriptures compare the imparting of the knowledge of God to the natural man to a new creation; making it the same as when light was created by the word of God. Paul says: "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake, For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4: 3). Christ says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14: 6). “No man knoweth who the Son is but the Father; and who the Father is but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him” (Luke 10: 22). Without that knowledge there is no salvation. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18). "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4: 12). Human reason could not have discovered this way of salvation: it universally rejects it when made known; and would continue to do so unless made willing by the Holy Ghost.

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