Night On Which No Morning Dawns

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My thoughts on this cool February morning were drawn to a subject that’s not easy to think about.

While reading an excellent book “Follow Me” by David Platt, I came across these words by the Scottish writer James Denny. Allow me to share them with you.

“If there is any truth in Scripture at all, this is true – that those who stubbornly refuse to submit to the Gospel, and to love and obey Jesus Christ incur at the Last Advent an infinite and irreparable loss. They pass into a night on which no morning dawns”.

These words “infinite and irreparable loss”,
“night on which no morning dawns”, echoed in my mind throughout the day. Blackness, loss, no hope. This past year I lost several close family members, and it made these words especially poignant as I honestly do not know the eternal fate of some of them.
While the subject of hell and eternal separation from God is difficult and unpleasant to think about, we cannot refuse to. It is critical to our salvation, to those we love and all that are lost in this world. I have not always claimed the name Christian and I still struggle with failure, sin, my own demons. But the words of David written in Psalm 51, have identified me, convicted me of my sin, and given me hope.

“Look on me with a heart of mercy, O God,
according to Your generous love.
According to Your great compassion,
wipe out every consequence of my shameful crimes.
2 Thoroughly wash me, inside and out, of all my crooked deeds” 

For me, for all who believe in Him, and trust Him, every day, no matter what our failure and sin might be, there is opportunity to experience His mercies that are new every morning, (Lam. 3:22-23) His grace, forgiveness and love.

I am always mindful that this wonderful gift, that has been given to me, a sinner saved by grace is my hope to escape this world and the judgment to come.  All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but it doesn’t have to end that way. It is heartbreaking to think of anyone passing from this life without knowing that salvation, grace, forgiveness, restoration to the Father is available.

The idea of hell is not a popular subject in our present contemporary Christianity world.
Some reject the notion that a “loving God” would send anyone to hell.
They claim that hell is not a real place, only symbolic, or if it is real only temporary not eternal. A popular writer of recent years claims in his book that “Love Wins”.
In the end everyone is saved, a happy ending for all.

This is not the narrative in the Old Testament or in the New Testament.
Jesus is very clear that not everyone makes it to heaven in Matthew 7:13-14 and is clear on the subject of hell as an actual place.
Reference this in Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50; Mark 9:43, 48-49; Matthew 22:13, Matthew 8:12; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:23. John makes a further case for this reality in Revelation 14:9-11, 19:3. and in Revelation 20:14-15

David Platt goes on to say on the view that hell is images or symbolic “Even if they are symbols what are they symbols for? A wintry retreat or a summer vacation? No these stand for something much worse. Surely smoking sulfur and burning fire are not symbols for a nice place to be. They are images that represent a terrifying place” Hell is real and the destination of all who refuse God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
Those who would dismiss this as truth follow the lie of the original deceiver,

“Did God really say?”

This is the question that led to the problems of all humanity. It is an attempt to cause us to doubt the truthfulness of God, a suggestion that we can form our own meaning, our own truth. It is a lie that can have serious consequences one of which is discouraging the urgency of reaching out to the lost.
The family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker maybe even someone you sit beside in church on Sunday.
Through our disobedience and unbelief allowing people to be robbed of the opportunity to escape the punishment to come, and to miss the life that Jesus said was “more and better” than they could imagine.

Love doesn’t win by giving everyone a pass, denying the redeeming work of the Cross.

Love wins because on the Cross the wrath of God was satisfied

Love wins because Jesus through the shedding of His own blood, death on Cross and resurrection from the dead, made a way for all who would

Believe in Him

Confess their sin

Accept him as Savior

Submit to Him

To receive salvation
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All who refuse Him and I say this with tears and sorrow…Lose.

God is long-suffering not willing that any would perish. Someone must tell them. If not us who?

Before the night is coming on which no morning dawns.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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