Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The carnal mind
The carnal mind
“The carnal mind is enmity against God.”
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Let me suppose an impossible case for a moment. Let me imagine a man entering heaven without a change of heart.
He comes within the gates.
He hears a sonnet.
He starts! It is to the praise of his enemy.
He sees a throne, and on it sits one who is glorious; but it is his enemy. He walks streets of gold, but those streets belong to his enemy.
He sees hosts of angels; but those are the servants of his enemy.
He is in an enemy’s house; for he is at enmity with God.
He could not join the song, for he would not know the tune.
There he would stand; silent, motionless; till Christ should say, with a voice louder than ten thousand thunders, “What doest thou here? Enemies at a marriage banquet? Enemies in the children’s house? Enemies in heaven? Get thee gone! Depart ye cursed, into everlasting fire in hell!” Oh! sirs, if the unregenerate man could enter heaven, I mention once more the oft-repeated saying of Whitefield, he would be so unhappy in heaven, that he would ask God to let him run down into hell for shelter.
There must be a change, if you consider the future state; for how can enemies to God ever sit down at the banquet of the Lamb? And to conclude, let me remind you—and it is in the text after all—that this change must be worked by a power beyond your own.
An enemy may possibly make himself a friend, but enmity cannot. If it be but an adjunct of his nature to be an enemy he may change himself into a friend; but if it is the very essence of his existence to be enmity, positive enmity, enmity cannot change itself.
No, there must be something done more than we can accomplish.
The Lord Jesus Christ has done for us much more than he commanded his disciples to do for their enemies (Luke 6:27-28).
Sermon no. 20
21 April (Preached 22 April 1855)
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ,
you can be accepted in to his kingdom.
I invite you to let him to make of you, what He always wanted.
Marvelous God Almighty, I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, who died for me to make me free of sin, I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free, I confess that He is the son of God. I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven. In the precious name of Jesus I ask. Amen..
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