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All Equally Fallen


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Perhaps many self-righteous persons amongst you, may flatter yourselves that you are not so wicked as either Zaccheus or Saul was and consequently there is a greater fitness for salvation in you than in them. But if you think thus, indeed you think more highly of yourselves than you ought to think. For by nature we are all alike, all equally fallen short of the glory of God, all equally dead in trespasses and sins and there needs the same almighty power to be exerted in converting any one of the most sober, good-natured, moral persons here present, as there was in converting the publican Zaccheus, or that notorious persecutor Saul. And was it possible for you to ascend into the highest heaven and to inquire of the spirits of just men made perfect, I am persuaded they would tell you this doctrine is from God. But we have a more sure word of prophecy, to which we do well to give heed, as unto a light shining in a dark place. My brethren, the word is near you. Search the scriptures. Beg of God to make you willing to be saved in this day of his power. For it is not flesh and blood but the Spirit of Jesus Christ, that alone can reveal these things unto you.

—George Whitefield, “What Think Ye of Christ?” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:416.

* “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” —1 Peter 1:19–21



Posted 2019·01·28 by David Kjos
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