How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord…
I. Those persons may certainly be numbered among this class WHO ARE SLUMBERING OVER THEIR IMMORTAL INTERESTS, and who are satisfied to be indifferent to the claims of the gospel, so long as they can be accused of no outrageous offence against it. On every principle of equity, great benefits deserve great and anxious labours and struggles to possess ourselves of them. The man would be accounted guilty of egregious toll,, who, having the opportunity to send forward his goods to their destination on strong and fleet horses, should insist on engaging for the purpose such as were worn out and helpless; but not so foolish as those who are wasting the days of health and vigour in indecision and idleness, and who are expecting to work out their everlasting salvation in the season of sickness and decrepitude.
II. The charge of neglecting this "great salvation" must also be brought against those WHO ARE MERELY NEUTRALS in the cause of God.
III. All those living in Christian lands may be said to neglect salvation WHO FAIL TO MAKE IT THEIR FIRST AND GREATEST CONCERN.
IV. Those persons are neglecting this "great salvation" WHO DO NOT USE GOD'S OWN APPOINTED MEANS FOR SECURING IT.
(J. N. Norton, D. D.)
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