Sermon 271. Faith Illustrated
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, August 21st, 1859, by the
REV. C.H. SPURGEON
at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.
"For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I amnot ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which Ihave committed unto him against that day."-2 Timothy,1:12.
AN ASSURANCE of our safety in Christ will be found useful to us in all states of experience. When Jesus sent forth his seventychosen disciples, endowed with miraculous powers, they performed great wonders, and naturally enough they were somewhat elatedwhen they returned to tell him of their deeds. Jesus marked their tendency to pride; he saw that in the utterance-"Beholdeven devils were subject to us," there was mingled much of self-congratulation and boasting. Whatcure, think you, did he administer; or what was the sacred lesson that he taught them which might prevent their beingexalted above measure? "Nevertheless," said he, "rejoice not in this, but rather rejoice because your names are written inheaven." The assurance of our eternal interest in Christ may help to keep us humble in the day of our prosperity; for whenGod multiplies our wealth, when he blesses our endeavors, when he speeds the plough; when he wafts the good ship swiftly onward,thismay act as a sacred ballast to us, that we have something better than these things, and therefore we must not set ouraffections upon the things of earth, but upon things above; and let our heart be where our greatest treasure is. I say, betterthan any lancet to spill the superfluous blood of our boasting, better than any bitter medicine to chase the burning feverof our pride; better than any mixture of the most pungent ingredients is this most precious and hallowed wine of the covenant-aremembrance of our safety in Christ. This, this alone, opened up to us by the Spirit, will suffice to keep us in thathappy lowliness which is the true position of the full-grown man in Christ Jesus. But note this, when at any time we are castdown with multiplied afflictions, and oppressed with sorrow, the very same fact which kept us humble in prosperity may preserveus from despair in adversity. For mark you here, the apostle was surrounded by a great fight of affliction; he was compassedabout with troubles, he suffered within and without; and yet he says, "Nevertheless I am not ashamed." But what is thatwhich preserves him from sinking? It is the same truth which kept the ancient disciples from overweening pride. It is thesweet persuasion of his interest in Christ. "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep thatwhich I have committed unto him against that day." Get then, Christian brethren and friends, get assurance; be not contentwith hope,get confidence; rest not in faith, labor after the full assurance of faith; and never be content, my hearer, till thoucanst say thou knowest thy election, thou art sure of thy redemption, and thou art certain of thy preservation unto that day.
I propose this morning in preaching upon this text to labor both for the edification of the saint and the conversion of thesinner. I shall divide the text very amply thus: First, we have in it the grandest action of the Christian's life, namely, the committing of our eternal interests into the hand of Christ. Secondly, we have the justification of this grand act of trust-"I know in whom I have trusted." I have not trusted one whose character is unknown tome, I am not foolish, I have sure grounds for what I have done. And then we have, thirdly, the most blessed effect of this confidence-"I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him."
I. First, then I am to describe THE GRANDEST ACTION OF THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE.
With all our preaching, I am afraid that we too much omit the simple explanation of the essential act in salvation. I havefeared that the anxious enquirer might visit many of our churches and chapels, month after month, and yet he would not geta clear idea of what he must do to be saved. He would come away with an indistinct notion that he was to believe, but whathe was to believe he would not know. He would, perhaps, obtain some glimmering of the fact that he must besaved through the merits of Christ, but how those merits can become available to him, he would still be left to guess.I know at least that this was my case-that when sincere and anxious to do or be anything which might save my soul, I was utterlyin the dark as to the way in which my salvation might be rendered thoroughly secure. Now, this morning. I hope I shall beable to put it into such a light that he who runs may read, and that the wayfaring man, though a fool, may not err therein.
The apostle says, he committed himself into the hands of Christ. His soul with all its eternal interests; his soul with allits sins, with all its hopes, and all its fears, he had put into the hands of Christ, as the grandest and most precious depositwhich man could ever make. He had taken himself just as he was and had surrendered himself to Christ, saying-"Lord save me,for I cannot save myself; I give myself up to thee, freely relying upon thy power, and believing inthy love. I give my soul up to thee to be washed, cleansed, saved, and preserved, and at last brought home to heaven."This act of committing himself to Christ was the first act which ever brought real comfort to his spirit; it was the act whichhe must continue to perform whenever he would escape from a painful sense of sin; the act with which he must enter heavenitself, if he would die in peace and see God's face with acceptance. He must still continue to commit himself into the keepingofChrist. I take it that when the apostle committed himself to Christ, he meant these three things. He meant first, thatfrom that good hour he renounced all dependence upon his own efforts to save himself. The apostle had done very much, after a fashion, towards his own salvation. He commenced with all the advantages of ancestry.He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, of the tribe of Benjamin, as touching the law a Pharisee. He was one of the very straightestof the straightest sect of hisreligion. So anxious was he to obtain salvation by his own efforts, that he left no stone unturned. Whatever Phariseemight be a hypocrite, Paul was none. Though he tithed his anise, and his mint, and his cummin, he did not neglect the weightermatters of the law. He might have united with truth, in the affirmation of the young man, "All these things have I kept frommy youth up." Hear ye his own testimony: "Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh thathehath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more." Being exceedingly desirous to serve God, he sought to put down whathe thought was the pestilent heresy of Christ. Being exceeding hot in his endeavors against every thing that he thought tobe wrong, he persecuted the professors of the new religion, hunted them in every city, brought them into the synagogue, andcompelled them to blaspheme; when he had emptied his own country, he must needs take a journey to another, that he might thereshowhis zeal in the cause of his God, by bringing out those whom he thought to be the deluded followers of' an impostor. Butsuddenly Paul's mind is changed. Almighty grace leads him to see that he is working in a wrong direction, that his toil islost, that as well might Sisyphus seek to roll his stone up hill, as for him to find a road to heaven up the steeps of Sinai;that as well might the daughters of Danaus hope to fill the bottomless cauldron with a bucket full of holes, as Paul indulgetheidea that he could fill up the measure of the laws' demands. Consequently he feels that all he has done is nothing worth,and coming to Christ he cries, "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I countall things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of allthings, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which isof thelaw, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."
And now, my dear friends, if you would be saved, this is what you must do. I hope many of you have already performed the solemnact, you have said to Jesus in the privacy of your closet, "O Lord, I have tried to save myself, but I renounce all my endeavors.Once I said, 'I am no worse than my neighbors; my goodness shall preserve me.' Once I said, 'I have been baptized, I havetaken the sacrament, in these things will I trust,' and now, Lord, I cast all this falseconfidence to the winds.
'No more, my God, I beset no more
Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before
To trust the merits of thy Son.
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before thy throne:
But faith can answer thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.'"
You cannot be saved if you have one hand on self and the other hand on Christ. Let go, cannier, renounce all dependence inanything thou canst do. Cease to be thine own keeper, give up the futile attempt to be thy own Saviour, and then thou wilthave taken the first step to heaven. There are but two, the first is-out of self, the next is-into Christ. When Christ isthy all, then art thou safe.
But again, when the apostle says he committed his soul to the keeping of Christ, he means that he had implicit confidence that Christ would save him now that he had relinquished all trust in self. Some men have gone far enough to feel that the best performance of theirhands cannot be accepted before the bar of God. They have learned that their most holy acts are full of sin, that their mostfaithful service falls short of the demands of the law; they haverelinquished self, but they are not able yet to see that Christ can and will save them. They are waiting for some greatrevelation; they think, perhaps, that by some marvellous electric shock, or some miraculous feeling within them, they willbe led to place their confidence in Christ. They want to see an angel or a vision, or to hear a voice. Their cry is, "Howcould I think that Jesus would save such an one as I am. I am too vile, or else I am too hardened; I am the odd man; it isnot likelythat Christ would ever save me." Now, I doubt not that the apostle had felt all this, but he overcame all this attackingof sin, and he came to at last Christ and said, "Jesus, I feel that thou art worthy of my confidence. Behold, I the chiefof sinners am, I have nothing in myself that can assist thee in taking me to heaven; I shall kick and struggle against theerather than assist thee. But behold, I feel that such is thy power, and such thy love, that I commit myself to thee. Takeme as Iam, and make me what thou wouldst have me be. I am vile, but thou art worthy; I am lost, but thou art the Saviour; I amdead, but thou art the quickener; take me; I beseech thee; I put my trust in thee, and though I perish, I will perish relyingon thy blood. If I must die, I will die with my arms about thy cross, for thou art worthy of confidence, and on thee do Irely."
And now, my friends, if you will be safe, you must, in the strength of the Holy Ghost, do this also. You say you have givenup all trust in self-well and good; now place your trust in Christ, repose your all on him; drop into his arms; cast yourselfinto his power; lay hold on him. You know how Joab, when he fled from the sword of Solomon, laid hold on the horns of thealtar, thinking that surely when he had laid hold on the altar he was safe. His was vain confidence,for he was dragged from the horns of the altar and slain. But if thou canst lay hold on the horns of the altar of God,even Christ, thou art most surely safe, and no sword of vengeance can ever reach thee.
I saw the other day a remarkable picture, which I shall use as an illustration of the way of salvation by faith in Jesus.An offender had committed a crime for which he must die, but it was in the olden time when churches were considered to besanctuaries in which criminals might hide themselves and so escape. See the transgressor-he rushes towards the church, theguards pursue him with their drawn swords, all athirst for his blood, they pursue him even to the churchdoor. He rushes up the steps, and just as they are about to overtake him and hew him in pieces on the threshhold of thechurch, out comes the Bishop, and holding up the crucifix he cries, "Back, back! stain not the precincts of God's house withblood! stand back!" and the guards at once respect the emblem and stand back, while the poor fugitive hides himself behindthe robes of the priest. It is even so with Christ. The guilty sinner flies to the cross-flies straight away to Jesus, andthoughJustice pursues him, Christ lifts up his wounded hands and cries to Justice, "Stand back! stand back! I shelter this sinner;in the secret place of my tabernacle do I hide him; I will not suffer him to perish, for he puts his trust in me." Sinner,fly to Christ! But thou sayest, "I am too vile." The viler thou art, the more wilt thou honor him by believing that he isable to make thee clean. "But I am too great a sinner." Then the more honor shall be given to him that thou art able to confidein him, great sinner though thou art. If you have a little sickness, and you tell your physician-"Sir! I am quite confidentin your skill to heal," there is no great compliment, but if you are sore sick with a complication of diseases, and you say-"Sir!I seek no better skill, I will ask no more excellent advice, I trust alone in you," what an honor have you conferred on him,that you could trust your life in his hands when it was in extreme danger. Do the like with Christ; put your soul inhis care, dare it, venture it; cast thyself simply on him; let nothing but faith be in thy soul; believe him, and thoushalt never be mistaken in thy trust.
But I think I have not completely stated all the apostle meant, when he said that he committed himself to Christ. He certainlymeant those two things-self-renunciation, and implicit belief in Christ's power and willingness to save, but in the thirdplace, the apostle meant that he did make a full and free surrender of himself to Christ, to be Christ's property, and Christ's servant for ever. If you would be saved you must not be your own. Salvation is throughbeing bought with a price; and if you be bought with a price, and thus saved, remember, from that day forward you willnot be your own. To-day, as an ungodly sinner, you are your own master, free to follow the lusts of the flesh; or, ratherSatan is your great tyrant, and you are under bondage to him. If you would be saved you must by the aid of the Holy Spiritnow renounce the bondage of Satan and come to Christ, saying, "Lord I am willing to give up all sin, it is not in my powerto beperfect but I wish it were, make me perfect. There is not a sin I wish to keep; take all away; I present myself beforethee. Wash me, make me clean. Do what thou wilt in me. I make no reserve, I make a full surrender of all to thee." And thenyou must give up to Christ all you are, and all you have by solemn indenture, signed and sealed by your own heart. You mustsay in the words of the sweet Moravian hymn-
"Take thou my soul and all my powers;
O take my memory, mind, and will,
Take all my goods, and all my hours,
Take all I know and all I feel;
Take all I think and speak, and do;
O take my heart, but make it new."
Accept the sacrifice,-I am worthless, but receive me through thy owe merits. Take and keep me, I am, I hope I ever shall bethine.
I have now explained that act which is after all the only one which marks the day of salvation to the soul. I will give oneor two figures however to set it in a clearer light. When a man hath gold and silver in his house, he fears lest some thiefmay break through and steal, and therefore if he be a wise man he seeks out a bank in which to store his money. He makes adeposit of his gold and his silver; he says in effect, "Take that, sir, keep it for me. To-night I shallsleep securely; I shall have no thought of thieves; my treasure is in your hands. Take care of that for me, when I needit, at your hands shall I require it." Now in faith we do just the same with our blessed Redeemer. We bring our soul justas it is and give it up to him. "Lord, I cannot keep it; sin and Satan will be sure to ruin it-take it and keep it for me,and in that day when God shall require the treasure, stand my sponsor, and on my behalf return my soul to my Maker kept andpreserved to the end." Or take another figure. When your adventurous spirit hath sought to climb some lofty mountain,delighted with the prospect you scale many and many a steep; onward you climb up the rocky crags until at last you arriveat the verge of the snow and ice. There in the midst of precipices that scarcely know a bottom and of summits that seem inaccessible,you are suddenly surrounded with a fog. Perhaps it becomes worse and worse until a snow-storm completes your bewilderment.You cannot see a step before you: your track is lost. A guide appears: "I know this mountain," says he. "In my early dayshave I climbed it with my father. O'er each of these crags have I leaped in pursuit of the chamois; I know every chasm andcavern. If you will follow me even through the darkness I will find the path and bring you down; but mark, before I undertaketo guide you in safety, I demand of you implicit trust. You must not plant your feet where you think it safest, but whereI shall bid you. Wherever I bid you climb or descend you must implicitly obey, and I undertake on my part to bring yousafely down to your house again." You do so-you have many temptations to prefer your own judgment to his but you resist them-andyou are safe. Even so must you do with Christ. Lost to-day and utterly bewildered Christ appears. "Let me guide you, let mebe an eye to thee through the thick darkness; let me be thy foot, lean on me in the slippery place, let me be thy verylife; let me wrap thee in my crimson vest to keep thee from the tempest and the storm." Will you now trust him; rely entirely,simply, and implicitly upon him? If so, the grand act of your life is done and you are a saved man, and on the terra firma of heaven you shall one day plant your delighted feet and praise the name of him who saved you from your sins.
I must add, however, that this act of faith must not be performed once only, but it must be continued as long as you live.As long as you you must have no other confidence but "Jesus only." You must take him now to-day, to have and to hold throughlife and in death, in tempest and in sunshine, in poverty and in wealth, never to part or sunder from him. You must take himto be your only prop, your only pillar from this day forth and for ever. What sayest thou sinner? DoesGod the Holy Ghost lead thee to say "Ay?" Does thy heart now confide in Jesus? If so, let the angels sing, for a soulis born to God, and a brand is plucked from the eternal fire. I have thus described faith in Christ-the committing of thesoul to him.
II. This brings us to our second point-THE JUSTIFICATION OF THIS GRAND ACT OF TRUST.
Confidence is sometimes folly; trusting in man is always so. When I exhort you, then, to put your entire confidence in Christ,am I justified in so doing? and when the apostle could say that he trusted alone in Jesus, and had committed himself to him,was he a wise man or a fool? What saith the apostle? "I am no fool," said he, "for I know whom I have believed. I have not trusted to an unknown and untried pretender. I have not relied upon one whose characterI couldsuspect. I have confidence in one whose power, whose willingness, whose love, whose truthfulness I know. I know whom Ihave believed." When silly women put their trust in yet more silly and wicked priests, they may say possibly that they knowwhom they have believed. But we may tell them that their knowledge must be ignorance indeed-that they are greatly deludedin imagining that any man, be he who he may, or what he may, can have any power in the salvation of his fellow's soul. Youcomesneaking up to me and ask me to repose my soul in you; and who are you? "I am an ordained priest of the Church of Rome."And who ordained you? "I was ordained by such a one." And who ordained him? "It cometh after all," saith he, "from the Pope."And who is he, and what is he more than any other man, or any other imposter? What ordination can he confer? "He obtainedit directly from Peter." Did he? Let the link be proved; and if he did, what was Peter, and where has God given Peter powertoforgive sin-a power which he should transmit to all generations? Begone! The thick pollutions of thine abominable churchforbid the idea of descent from any apostle but the traitor Judas. Upon the Papal throne men worse than devils have had theirseat, and even a woman big with her adulteries once reigned as head of thine accursed church. Go purge the filthiness of thypriesthood, the debauchery of thy nunneries and the stygian filth of thy mother city, the old harlot Rome. Talk not ofpardoning others, while fornication is licensed in Rome itself, and her ministers are steeped to the throat in iniquity.But to return. I rest no more on Peter than Peter could rest in himself, Peter must rest on Christ as a poor guilty sinnerhimself, an imperfect man who denied his Master with oaths and curses. He must rest where I must rest, and we must stand togetheron the same great rock on which Christ doth build his church, even his blood and his ever-lasting merits. I marvel that anyshould be found to have such confidence in men, that they should put their souls in their hands. If however any of youwish to trust in a priest, let me advise you if you do trust him, to do it wholly and fully. Trust him with your cash-box,trust him with your gold and silver. Perhaps you object to that. You don't feel at all inclined to go that length. But, myfriend, if you cannot trust the man with your gold and silver, pray don't trust him with your soul. I only suggested thisbecause Ithought you might smile and at once detect your error. If you could not trust such a fox with your business; if you wouldas soon commit your flocks to the custody of a wolf, why will you be fool enough to lay your soul at the feet of some basepriest who, likely enough, is ten thousand times more wicked than your self.
Was Paul then justified in his confidence in Christ? He says he was because he knew Christ. And what did he know? Paul knew, first of all, Christ's Godhead. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal and co-eternalwith the Father. If my soul be in his hand,
"Where is the power can reach it there,
Or what can pluck it thence."
If the wings of Omnipotence do cover it, if the eye of Omnipotence is fixed upon it, and if the heart of eternal love dothcherish it, how can it be destroyed? Trust not thy soul my fellow-man anywhere but with thy God. But Jesus is thy God relythou fully in him, and think not that thou canst place a confidence too great in him who made the heavens, and bears the worldupon his shoulders. Paul knew too that Christ was the Redeemer. Paul had seen in vision Christ in thegarden. He had beheld him sweat as it were great drops of blood. By faith Paul had seen Jesus hanging on the cross. Hehad marked his agonies on the tree of doom. He had listened to his death shriek, of "It is finished," and he felt that theatonement which Jesus offered, was more than enough to recompense for the sin of man. Paul might have said, "I am not foolishin confiding my soul in the pierced and blood-stained hand of him whose sacrifice hath satisfied the Father and opened thegates ofheaven to all believers." Further, Paul knew that Christ was risen from the dead. By faith he saw Christ at the righthand of God, pleading with his Father for all those who commit themselves to his hand. Paul knew Christ to be the all-prevailingintercessor. He said to himself "I am not wrong in believing him, for I know whom I have trusted, that when he pleads, theFather will not deny him, and when he asks, sooner might he even die than he become deaf to Jesus' prayer." This was again,another reason why Paul dared to trust in Christ. He knew his Godhead, he knew his redemption, he knew his resurrection,he knew his ascension, and intercession, and I may add, Paul knew the love of Christ, that love which passeth kindness; higherthan thought, and deeper than conception. He knew Christ's power, that he was Omnipotent, the lying of kings. He knew Christ'sfaithfulness; that he was the God, and could not lie. He knew his immutability, that he was "Jesus Christ, the sameyesterday today and for ever," and having known Christ in every glorious office, in every divine attribute, and in allthe beauty of his complex character, Paul said, "I can with confidence repose in him, for I know him, I have trusted, andam persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him."
But Paul not only knew these things by faith, but he knew much of them by experience. Our knowledge of Christ is somewhatlike climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little, the mountain itself appears to be butone half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as theydescend into the stream at the base of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valleylengthens and widens beneath your feet. Go up higher, and higher still, till you stand upon the summit of one of the greatroots that start out as spurs from the sides of the mountain you see the country for some four or five miles round, and youare delighted with the widening prospect. But go onward, and onward, and onward, and how the scene enlarges, till at last,when you are on the summit, and look east, west, north, and south, you see almost all England lying before you. Yonder isaforest in some distant country, perhaps two hundred miles away, and yonder the sea, and there a shining river and thesmoking chimneys of a manufacturing town, or there the masts of the ships in some well known port. All these things pleaseand delight you, and you say, "I could not have imagined that so much could be seen at this elevation." Now, the Christianlife is of the same order. When we first believe in Christ we see but little of him. The higher we climb the more we discoverof hisexcellencies and his beauties. But who has ever gained the summit? Who has ever known all the fullness of the heights,and depths, and lengths, and breadths of the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. Paul now grown old, sitting, grey hair'd,shivering in a dungeon in Rome-he could say, with greater power than we can, "I know whom I have believed?"-for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like the ascending toanother summit, and his deathseemed like the gaining of the very top of the mountain from which he could see the whole of the faithfulness and thelove of him to whom he had committed his soul.
III. And now, I close by noticing THE APOSTLE'S CONFIDENCE. The apostle said, "I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him." See this man. He is sure he shall be saved. But why? Paul! art thousure that thou canst keep thyself? "No," says he, "I have nothing to do with that:" and yet thou art sure of thy salvation!"Yes," saith he, "I am!" How is it, then? "Why, I am persuaded that he is able to keep me. Christ, to whom I commit myself,I know hath power enough to hold me to the end." Martin Luther was bold enough to exclaim "Let him that died for my soul,see to the salvation of it." Let us catechise the apostle for a few minutes, and see if we cannot shake his confidence. Paul!Thou hast had many trials, and thou wilt have many more. What if thou shouldst be subject to the pangs of hunger, combinedwith those of thirst. If not a mouthful of bread should pass thy mouth to nourish thy body, or a drop of water should comfortthee, will not thy faith fail thee then? If provisions be offered thee, on condition of the denial of thy faith, dostthou not imagine that thou wilt be vane, quashed, and that the pangs of nature will overpower thee? "No," says Paul, "famineshall not quench my faith; for the keeping of my faith is in the hands of Christ." But what if, combined with this, the wholeworld should rise against thee, and scoff thee? What if hunger within should echo to the shout of scorn without? wouldst thounotthen deny thy faith? If, like Demas, every other Christian should turn to the silver of this world, and deny the Master,wouldst not thou go with them? "No," saith the apostle, "my soul is not in my keeping, else might it soon apostatize; it isin the hand of Christ. though all men should leave me, vet will he keep me." But what, O apostle, if thou shouldst be chainedto the stake, and the flames should kindle, and thy flesh should begin to burn; when thy beard is singed, and thy cheeks areblack, wilt thou then hold him fast! "Yea," saith the apostle, "he will then hold me fast;" and I think I hear him, ashe stops us in the midst of our catechising, and replies, "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through himthat loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, whichisin Christ Jesus our Lord." Paul, Paul, suppose the world should tempt you in another way. If a kingdom were offered you-ifthe pomps and pleasures of this world should be laid at your feet, provided you would deny your Master, would your faith maintainits hold then? "Yea," saith the apostle, "Jesus would even then uphold my faith for my soul is not in my keeping, but in his,and empires upon empires could not tempt him to renounce that soul of which he has become the guardian and the keeper.Temptation might soon overcome me, but it could not overcome him. The world's blandishments might soon move me to renounce my own soul; but they could not for one moment move Jesus to give me up." And so the apostle continues his confidence. But Paul, when thou shalt come to die, will thou not then fearand tremble? "Nay," saith he, "he will be with me there, for my soul shall not die, that will be still in the hand of himwho is immortality and life." But what will become of theewhen thy soul is separated from thy body? Canst thou trust him in a separate state, in the unknown world which visionscannot paint? In the time of God's mighty thunder, when earth shall shake and heaven shall reel. Canst thou trust him then?"Yea," saith the apostle, "until that day when all these tempests shall die away into eternal calm, and when the moving earth shall settle into a stable land in whichthere shall be no more sea, even then can I trust him.
"I know that safe with him remains,
Protected by his power,
What I've committed to his hands
Till the decisive hour."
O poor sinner! come and put thy soul into the hands of Jesus. Attempt not to take care of it thyself; and then thy life shallbe hidden in heaven, and kept there by the Almighty power of God, where none can destroy it and none can rob thee of it. "Whosoeverbelieveth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved."