If Christ Should Come Tonight
E. G. Cook
Former Pastor - Philadelphia Baptist Church
Birmingham , Alabama
 (Now In Glory)

    If Christ should come tonight, would you be ready for His coming? As it is written, "one shall be taken, the other left." Which one would you be?
    You may say, I don't know. In that case Romans 3:23 says "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God", and Isaiah 53:6 says "all we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way." Isaiah 55:8 tells us that our way is not God's way. So, we see that everyone of us has sinned, and Ezekiel 18:4 says, "the soul that sinneth, it shall die" because "the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23). This death is not just a natural death, but rather an eternal death in a raging and burning hell.
    There is, however, a way out because "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John. 3:16). For "he that believeth on the Son hath ever lasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36). For "verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me (that is, on Christ) hath everlasting life." (John 6:47). Therefore, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31).
    But one may say, what must I believe? For the answer to that question we turn to I Corinthians 15:1-4 where we learn what the gospel is, "how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." For the Son of man must be lifted up that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14).
    Then how must one believe? To answer that we turn to Romans 10:10 where we read that "with the heart man believeth unto righteousness." Decisions are made with the mind, but trusting and believing comes from the heart. So let us be safe by believing on Christ with all our heart, because he that believeth not is condemned already, because "he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John. 3:18).
    Those who die condemned will suffer and beg for water in that raging, burning hell while the ceaseless ages of eternity roll on and on and on and on forever and ever.

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