Brothers, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;…
I. THE CASE SUPPOSED. How few fulfil their first promise. Where are all the baptized? Demas still forsakes the truth for the love of the present world. There are many still like the Galatians (Galatians 3:1-4), and the Philippians (Philippians 3:18, 19), and the backsliders of Sardis and Laodicea. What, then, are we to fold our hands? Are we to excuse ourselves on the ground that we are not to blame; that it is no business of ours; that though sorry we cannot help? No, there is a better way. If we saw a man nearing a precipice would we not warn him? If we found a child lost in the wilds would we not speak kindly to him and lead him home?
II. THE REMEDY PRESCRIBED. Whom have you converted? Is there one upon earth that blesses you, as having, under God, turned him from the error of his way? Is there one in heaven who will welcome you to the everlasting habitations as the Christian friend who helped him in the hour of need, and saved his soul from death?
III. THE GLORIOUS ISSUE.
1. Great loss averted.
2. Great good secured.
3. Great joy.Lessons:
1. The preciousness of the soul.
2. The liability of good men to err.
3. The necessity of conversion to safety and forgiveness.
4. The obligation upon every Christian to seek the conversion of such as have gone astray.
Parallel VersesKJV: Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;