Monday, October 18, 2010
"HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE, IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION? "— Hebrews ii. 3.
There are two thoughts of infinite concernment involved in this inquiry. One is, that there is a " great salvation " offered to our acceptance, and the other is, that there is great danger in neglecting to accept it and avail ourselves of it.
" So great salvation," says the writer to the Hebrews. Why great ? To what degree, in what manner, for what reason, " great " ?
It is great in its object. This is none other than the human soul. Its object is not that aching clay which forms our bodies, and which, by a resistless attraction, is hastening down to mingle with its parent earth. It is not that " life in others' breath " which is called reputation. It is not that wealth which must soon leave us or be left. It is not that little round of duties, cares, interests, and enjoyments that fill up these transitory hours. But its object is the human soul; that principle which lives and thinks and wills and feels ; that makes a man a man, that connects him with God, and endows him with a life which, outlasting suns and stars and worlds and all material things, shall still live on, eternal as is God himself. And is not a salvation great that can save, rescue from perdition, so august a creation as the human soul ?"
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