The way to heaven by following the law given at Mount
Sinai, is very steep and narrow, and it takes only one wrong step for a man to
be dashed to pieces. Stand at
the foot and look up at it if you dare. On its
brow of stone there is the black cloud, out of which lightening leaps and the
blast of the trumpet sounds loud and long. Do you not see Moses tremble, and
will you dare stand unabashed where Moses is fearful and afraid? Look upwards,
and give up the thought of climbing those steep crags, for no one has ever
striven to clamber up there in the hope of salvation without finding
destruction among the terrors of the way! Be wise, give up that deceitful hope
of salvation which your pride leads you to choose and your presumption would
soon cause you to rue (to feel sorry for).
Suppose you could do some great thing, which I am sure
you cannot, and it were possible that you could from now on be perfect, and
never sin again in thought, or word, or deed; how would you be able to atone
for your past delinquencies? Shall I call for a resurrection in that graveyard
of your memory? Let your sin rise up for a moment, and pass in review before
you. Ah, the sins of your youth may well frighten you; those midnight sins;
those midday sins; those sins against light and knowledge; those sins of body;
those sins of soul! You have forgotten them, you say, but God has not. Look at
the file! They are all placed there, all registered in God’s daybook, not one
forgotten—all to be read against you in the day of the last judgment.
How can future obedience make up for past transgression?
The cliff has fallen and though the wave washes up ten thousand times, it
cannot set the cliff up again. The day is bright but still there was a night,
and the brightest day does not obliterate the fact that once it was dark. The
self-righteous man knows that what he is doing cannot satisfy God, for it
cannot satisfy himself; and though he may perhaps drug his conscience, there is
generally enough left of the divine element within the man to make him feel and
know that it is not satisfactory.
To believe what God says, to do what God commands, to
take that salvation which God provides—this is man’s highest and best wisdom.
Open your bible. It is the pilgrim’s guide, in which God describes the glory
yet to be revealed. This is the one message of the Gospel, “believe and live.”
Trust in the incarnate savior, whom God appointed to stand in the place of
sinners. Trust in Him and you shall be saved.