Make It Sure That You Have Given Him A Soul To Save

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“Now when we speak of dying in the Lord, we would have you to take three steps together. (1) Study to be in Him; there is no possible dying in Him without being in Him; any that would be happy by dying in Him would by all means accept of the offers of the gospel, flee to Christ for refuge, and close with Him by faith, and endeavor to put that out of question, that you are in Him. O! make it sure that you have given Him a soul to save, and acquiesce in Him as your savior. (2) Live by faith in Him; there is none that can expect to die in Christ that never seriously sought to live in Him. Make it manifest that you live in Him, by having another sort of life than brutish men still in that natural state have. God may call a thief on the cross, and make Him to die in Christ that has not lived in Him, but none of you can comfortably expect that He will deal so with you, and where one is so dealt with, twenty, if not an hundred, even very many die without it. And let me say it, if ever anytime God was striking men and women with stupidity at death, it is palpable, He is striking many so at this time. It may be some of you may know God striking some with stupidity, that made a mock at the serious exercise of godliness in their lifetime. Therefore, I say again, make your being in Christ sure; evidence your being in Him by living in and to Him.”

~James Durham, Sermon One on Revelation 14:13. And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying unto me, ‘Write, Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth; yea,’ saith the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.’

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90148-None-can-expect-to-die-in-Christ-who-never-seriously-sought-to-live-in-Him, Comment #1

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